Right now that the season is underway (like it or not) I thought it would be fun to ask what Music/TV/Film/Show it just isn't "Christmas" without to you. What's the song that really makes it feel festive? What's the film you watch every year? What TV programme old or new is the 'it isn't Christmas without'?
A few from me...
Music wise- Once I've had to belt out 'Carol of the Bells' 10 times in various concerts I feel like Christmas has hit me with a stick. Listening, Christmas Day always without fail brings out the Michael Ball Christmas CD.
Films: Mum and I watch 'The Holiday' together, which has for reasons unknown has become a holiday staple in our house.
TV: I wrap presents while watching The X Files Christmas episode (which I grant you is a bit weird)
My partner and I choose to do Christmas differently. We always spend a few days in a European city. My partner keeps hoping for snow on Christmas day but it's never happened yet. Otherwise we don't really have any must-do habits.
As far as the theatre is concerned, my partner hates seeing shows with a Christmas theme after Christmas!
I've done a few Christmases away (in New York and Canada) and highly recommend the holiday for the holidays model. In terms of the day itself, after a childhood spent running from one relative to another, I'm glad to say that I spend the day(s) in relative hibernation!
Joining me for Xmas this year will be a three year old and a six week old - so hibernation sounds like a VERY appealing option!! ;-)
As for listening - I'm really bad, I don't have too many Christmas CDs. Having heard Melanie Marshall at the NT not that long ago, and having been blown away by her beautiful voice, I did download a couple of her Christmassy-themed songs and love listening to them.
Viewing - it's got to be Muppet Christmas Carol: "No cheeses for us meeses!"
I've done the "christmas away" thing myself, but since I'm a permanently freezing woman who hates the winter cold, I tend to choose warm destinations. Spent a fairly lonely Christmas Day in Melbourne once, wandering around the Botanical Gardens, where all the Aussie families were having barbecues and felt really blah about it all.
One of the best Christmas Days was getting drunk on ice-cold beer on a Brazilian beach some years later, but I wasn't alone then. I absolutely don't mind being alone on NYE when travelling, but I'd never want to do christmas alone again.
When I'm here at home with the family, I don't have anything "special" that I need to watch or listen to. I am quite partial to Josh Groban's christmas CD though, especially his beautiful version of Silent Night. That's probably the only christmas song I can't do without.
I'm not much of a Christmas person so prefer low-key. The bulk of my family live in Scotland and I can never be bothered with getting a train up there since with weather and engineering works it always seems to take forever.
That said it will be a very different Christmas for me this year since I'll be in Sydney with my finace and his family. Looking forward to the Christmas Day BBQ!
Filmwise - has to be Scrooge, the Alastair Sim one, preferably the original black & white, and Muppet Christmas Carol. which is just a joy and stays very true to the original story! I'd love a really good ghost story on Christmas Eve but that doesn't happen any more sadly.
Before hubby retired last year, my guilty pleasure was to watch all the cheesy Christmas movies on the Freeview channels on weekday afternoons...
Music wise - has to be Phil Spector's Christmas Album - Frosty the Snowman, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Sleigh Ride, White Christmas...ah, bliss! Although my favourite Christmas songs are Greg Lake - I Believe in Father Christmas; Chris de Burgh - A Stranger Came Travelling; Pogues & Kirtsy McColl - Fairytale of New York.
And, although a non-believer, I love to sing along to all the Christmas carols. Carols from Kings - hubby always finds 'something else' to do......... :-)
I'm a firm believer in not having to play the hand you're dealt