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Christmas Time (Is Here Again)
1 December 2011
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Take 2 ('feel good – just put in an A&#39a-hard-days-night-george-10 (as the first effort failed to post and had to start again).

 

So its Decemeber 1 as i type here where i am. And to bring some festiveness, hopefully, thought about having a christmas flavoured thread (it may last about as long as snow in Hawaii).

Anything christmassy goes but to hopefully get some momentum.

 

Are you in the christmas spirit yet or even fed up with hearing Jingle Bells for the 500th time already?

I'd not heard 1 christmas song before starting this thread.

 

Are you doing anything special, do you have any family traditions that are done each year (hanging stockings up, watching a movie etc)?

When younger my family used to wait until around 11am before opening the presents and even then it would only end at around 1/2 3 in the afternoon (breakfast, preparing dinner, the christmas walk always came first). It would be one present at a time and there were 8 of us in total so it took ages.  It was great fun even with arguements. And of course the games in the evening, and the arguing as well.

 

What are your favourite christmas songs, the ones you look forward to hearing/playing?

My top 10 are (in no order):

Happy Xmas (War Is Over) – John and Yoko (more meat to the normal bare bones christmas, it makes you think, well it does me).

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Kendall Payne (a trully stunning rendition).

Driving Home For Christmas – Chris Rea.

Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! – Dean Martin.

The Christmas Song – Nat King Cole.

Sleigh Bells – The Ronettes.

Keeping The Dream Alive – Münchener Freiheit.

Winter Wonderland – Doris Day.

Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee.

A Winter's Tale – Queen.

 

And not to forget the Beatles christmas messages. If you havent heard the 7 messages recorded between 1963 and 1970 they are on youtube and are really funny, going from heavily scripted to plays to individual bits and pieces. Well worth the listen.

"Well, probably we'll sell less records, less people'll go to see the film, we'll write less songs, and we'll all die of failure" (John Lennon 8/64)
2 December 2011
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Yay! Christmas thread! :)

 

Christmas time is probably the best time of the year for me :) 

I love being around my family and friends and having that big party at my house on Christmas Eve, the warmth of the fire, the decorations around the house, the food, everything heart

 

But one thing I look forward to in wintertime, is SNOW! 

Being from the Lone Star State, we barely ever get snow (although it's starting to change around here, February 2010, we got  a foot and a quarter of snow, the most we ever got in a single winter. And this year, we had a freeze-out and snow. The ice was on the ground for a week. And we were expected to only be out for one day of school, turns out, we got SIX days off of school! And that meant time off from final exams :D ) it just makes me happy to see a whole bunch of fluffy white stuff on the ground a-hard-days-night-george-10

 

Anyway, what did you put on your Christmas list this year? Mine included vinyl records, Stevie Riks DVD's and an Android tablet :) 

Good Dog Nigel. Arf, Arf, he goes, a merry sight. Our little hairy friend. Arf, Arf, upon the lampost bright, arfing around the bend. Nice dog! Goo boy, waggie tail and beg. Clever Nigel, jump for joy Because we're putting you to sleep at three of the clock, Nigel. -John Lennon "In His Own Write"
2 December 2011
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on my Christmas list so far:

Concert for Bangladesh movie

Plastic Ono Band CD

Adele's 21 CD

the Sims 3 Pets. Sadly, I am a Sims addict. a-hard-days-night-ringo-14

a leather jacket, as "rock n' roll" as possible. stuart-sutcliffe

 

Two days after Christmas I'm going out west to see one of my best friends, who moved to Portland this summer. That's what I'm looking forward to most.

Ali, I love "fluffy white stuff" too. Last winter, we got a ton of it and a week and a half off of school.

We have a white ceramic nativity scene that we put out and we get a tree about a week before and decorate it  with a bunch of creepy needlepoint Santas my great-grandma made, among other ornaments.

I shall be watching Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Charlie Brown Christmas at some point, as I do every year. a-hard-days-night-ringo-10 

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2 December 2011
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Damn, thought this thread would be about the song! (Or those wonderful Beatles Christmas records.) Me, I'm too old to be anything but annoyed and stressed out by the Xmas season…except for the fact that this year I've got a precious 2 1/2 year old neice who's just getting into the whole Xmas thing (loves to open gifts!), so I can at least look forward to some excitement by proxy.

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2 December 2011
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Christmas Time (Is Here Again) is such a daft song with one of the greatest lines of any song ever - "O U T spells out". Its also great that there is the full version out there, which goes really off the wall towards the end, and the '95 edit which works better for playing along with other festive songs.

 

I love the snow as i live in the middle of nowhere so when it does and everything is white and crisp and clean and its beautiful. Makes me really happy and its great to walk in. Trouble is when you go into the cities everyone looks miserable. Smile its snowing!!!!!

 

So does everyone eat turkey (the standard food for a christmas in the UK) or is that only for Thanksgiving in the US? The thing with christmas is that you eat so much you nearly explode.

"Well, probably we'll sell less records, less people'll go to see the film, we'll write less songs, and we'll all die of failure" (John Lennon 8/64)
2 December 2011
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I suppose I'm somewhat of a Christmas spoiler…"no presents, no cards, no tree, NO turkey, NO ham"*sigh*sorry. I did decorate a christmas tree, though, but it wasn't mine. And seaglass, your wishlist looks pretty much how mine would if I would make one. It's kind of scary.

I like Lennon's song though…"and so this is Christmas, and what have you done", makes me feel guilty

2 December 2011
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meanmistermustard said:

So does everyone eat turkey (the standard food for a christmas in the UK) or is that only for Thanksgiving in the US? The thing with christmas is that you eat so much you nearly explode.

I didn't know you guys ate turkey in the UK! I thought goose was the fowl of choice…anyways, I believe that in the USA, turkey and ham are equally popular – presumably, a lot of Americans don't want another big turkey meal a mere month after Thanksgiving.

(Turkey still the #1 choice for both holidays here in Canada - our Thanksgiving precedes the Americans' by a month.)

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2 December 2011
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Quoted my own post by mistake can't seem to edit it out.     On Thanksgiving and Christmas we eat until we can't get up.  Lots of Turkey, Pumpkin Pie and other goodies. May I ask are there any special traditions in regards to how Christmas Eve or Day is celebrated in the UK?  

 

 As for the song "Christmas Time (Is Here Again)",  That's a fan club exclusive I wish the Beatles released officially as a Yuletide single.  Ringo recorded an enjoyable version for his "I wanna be Santa Claus" CD    apple01

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2 December 2011
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minime said:

I suppose I'm somewhat of a Christmas spoiler…"no presents, no cards, no tree, NO turkey, NO ham"*sigh*sorry. I did decorate a christmas tree, though, but it wasn't mine. And seaglass, your wishlist looks pretty much how mine would if I would make one. It's kind of scary.

including the leather jacket and the Sims game??? a-hard-days-night-paul-3Wow. That is kind of scary.

The Hard Day's Night photo strip with Santa hats at the top of the webpage made me explode laughing in the middle of a library. Merry Christmas to you too, Joe!a-hard-days-night-john-7

We usually have pork roast for Christmas dinner. One year my mom made some duck dish with a fruity sauce, but it was straight-up foul so she never did THAT again.

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2 December 2011
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Ah, yes Christmas, on Wednesday  I planned that if I listened to the Beatles Christmas' records chronologically on TheOneBeatleManiac's YouTube channel, (yes, I am that grateful) would not fill it, so on Christmas eve I would listen to BEATLES CHRISTMAS SUPERMASH, my holidays would be complete.

 

I wish something Beatles-ish, of course.                                                                                                                                                      Some bootlegs (of course), and the complete Mono recordings (hard to finda-hard-days-night-ringo-6)

 

My list of favorite Christmas songs are:

  1. Everywhere it's Christmas, at the end of every yeaaaaar. – The Beatles
  2. Christmas Time (Is Here Again)
  3. Little Saint Nick – The Beach Boys
  4. Wonderful Christmas Time – Wings
  5. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
  6. Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms
  7. Merry Christmas (I don't wanna Fight) – The Copy Cats also known as The Ramones
  8. The Man With All The Toys
  9. Happy Xmas (War Is Over (If You Want It)) – Johnny and the Moondogs feat. Yoko
  10. Trolol Xmas – Unknown YouTuber

 

The Beach Boys''SMiLE boxset too would be enough.

 

Also, just found out ELO realesed all their studio albums remastered (not the live album, sadly (no surpsrise, Pink Floyd this year too)). 

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2 December 2011
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My fave Christmas song is McCartney's Wonderful Christmastime. People say it's corny, but I love it!

Merry Xmas Biblers! Will Sun King be doing another end of year awards?

You all will have read that Dave Dee is no longer with us. But Mickey and Titch and I would like to carry on the good work that's always gone down in number two.
2 December 2011
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DoctorRobert said:

My fave Christmas song is McCartney's Wonderful Christmastime.

Will Sun King be doing another end of year awards?

Why yes I will! Final details to come soon – going to get some new category ideas before the final post.

Edit: Ideas are to be sent to me via PM. 

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2 December 2011
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I like Holy Night and Jingle Bells haha a-hard-days-night-john-6 I don't wish for anything special this year (anything Beatles-ish and loads of chocolate, I'm a terrible chocolate-addict). and I can't wait to spend Christmas at my grandma's. heart 

 

and thank you, Doctor Robertapple01

 

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seaglass eyes sunny smile said:

minime said:

I suppose I'm somewhat of a Christmas spoiler…"no presents, no cards, no tree, NO turkey, NO ham"*sigh*sorry. I did decorate a christmas tree, though, but it wasn't mine. And seaglass, your wishlist looks pretty much how mine would if I would make one. It's kind of scary.

 

The Hard Day's Night photo strip with Santa hats at the top of the webpage made me explode laughing in the middle of the library.

I'm in class too and I died when i saw it! XD

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2 December 2011
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I like that one song from Charlie Brown, the piano one. I like most songs, the melodies at least, I got a cd a few years ago called the Christmas Piano and it is a very pleasant listen, Canon in D, Auld Lang Syne, etc. Very nice songs.

But we just started the Christmas music at work at its getting bad…if I have to hear that Nsync song one more time! It's so catchy though, I can never get it out of my head even when I leave.

All I really want this year is a classical nylon stringed guitar, it doesn't even have to be a nice one. It's basically just a giant ukulele except not in the ridiculous tuning of a ukulele.

I like Christmas, mostly for the cookies.

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3 December 2011
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One UK tradition is the Queens speech. Its traditional for it to be on at 3pm every Christmas Day (ie 25th December and not Eve, Day and Boxing Day) and traditional for many people to avoid watching it, one being me. Cant think of many more boring things than watching that.

Im not sure why turkey is the foul of the nation when many people dont like it, suppose its like Brussel sprouts, its just what you eat at Christmas (tho i like Sprouts, not fond of turkey tho).

 

For someone who wasnt here for last years awards what are they?

"Well, probably we'll sell less records, less people'll go to see the film, we'll write less songs, and we'll all die of failure" (John Lennon 8/64)
3 December 2011
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meanmistermustard said:

For someone who wasnt here for last years awards what are they?

See this:

/forum/all-together-now/end-of-year-awards/

I'll update soon.

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Looks like fun Mr Sun, but my memory sucks on these type of things so a few topic votes may have to be bypassed – or names randomly plucked from the worlds biggest baby beatle bible names book.

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Oh I love Christmas time. Mainly for the music and the whole giving happy atmosphere that surrounds Christmas. Also that child like wonder I get all the time around this time of year, it's just magical. We don't really have much of a real tradition for stuff we do on Christmas day besides helping out with the community Christmas dinner at our church. I normally run deliveries with my dad to houses in the county, but last year I helped with take outs from the church.

 

But on Christmas Eve we normally have somewhat of a routine, probably because there is a birthday on that day for my family. We normally get up around ten and don't do much until the evening. Then we go to a candle light service at our church, which is normally quite gorgeous. And then we go home and watch White Christmas before going to bed. (Since AMC runs it all day long. So sometimes we catch it earlier than after church.)

 

For Christmas music, I enjoy most songs but some of my favorites have to be The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole, White Christmas by Bing Crosby, Baby It's Cold Outside by Margaret Whiting and Johnny Mercer, It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas by Bing Crosby, Carol of the Bells by almost anyone, and Do You Here What I Hear by Bing Crosby. But there is one Christmas song I can't stand anymore thanks to orchestra. Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson all because of playing that song as a second violin. You wouldn't understand if you've never played it as a second violin or possibly a viola.

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