Sunday, 19 December 2010

Seasonal Snippets

As I've been a little lapse with the whole blog thing recently I thought I'd make up for it with a Christmas post a day in the run up to the great eat off.

One of the things that makes Christmas Christmas is the music. The Little Drummer Boy is beyond a shadow of a doubt my favourite Christmas song, and these are my (current) favourite versions, in order of preference.

Bright Eyes: this is from the album that is Christmas in our house, which, one family get together, made my brother-in-law, Paul, leave the room it pained him so.

The Dandy Warhols: this is a new discovery but I do like the Dandies and this video is hilarious.

I'm only just beginning to get into the Christmas way. As I think of things I need for the festive larder I write them on the kitchen wall:

Next week I will be mostly baking, wrapping and decorating. As this house has become more like a suite of offices than a residence, with only the kitchen as a communal room we don't have space for a tree, so I'll have to be a little creative.


Kass said...

It looks like you really know how to do Christmas.


savannah said...

how grand to see your comment and then a new post from you, sugar! i love your list, btw. ours will be much simpler, but key word is "ours"... xoxoxoxox

LOL@wv: fockled there is a joke there, i know!

angryparsnip said...

I too am so happy to see a comment on my blog and your post today...
I know your busy but to hear from you is a gift !
I love and WANT your list.
Your dinner sounds too fabulous for words ! Still deciding ours. Baking and Candied Citrus Peel is next on my list.
Just Friday got the Christmas cards out and Saturday put the Christmas tree up... feel so much better doing that. Yea !
I love that we both posted favorite Christmas Music ! Too Perfect !

cheers, parsnip

Kim Ayres said...

My favourite reworking of seasonal tunes is Annie Lennox' God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. Love the video too:


Also, just a wee note to say I'm awfully glad you're in a much better state than this time last year :)

The Unbearable Banishment said...

The Dandy Warhol's hit Bohemian Like You is a toe-tapping belly laugh of a song. For a great film about the band dynamic, find a copy of their 2004 documentary DiG! It's worth the effort.

Anonymous said...

I'd focus on the essentials marzipan and brandy ...

Eryl said...

Kass ~ I try and do enough food for Christmas day that there's enough left over for the rest of the week.

Savannah ~ it's the only word you need! XXX

Parsnip ~ we have the same thing every year, it makes life so much easier.

Great minds...

Kim ~ I'll watch and listen to Annie in a minute, thanks for the link.

And, thank you, too, for the sentiment.

UB ~ I will search DiG out, thank you.

Mago ~ practical as ever, I see.

pilgrimchick said...

It's my office that has been Christmas-compromised at the moment. It is the room that the cats are least likely to get into en masse.

Alesa Warcan said...

Happy holidays!
I'm sure your creativity will overcome all obstacles stemming from the mere physical plane.
Thanks from the tunes!

Titus said...

Looking forward to it. And it might help. Love the Dandy Warhols, and my favourite list entry? 'A Ham'.

NanU said...

Now you've gone and done it. The Little Drummer Boy (70's tv special version) is now on a loop in my head. Going to have to make eggnog to erase it.

Anonymous said...

Your Christmas sounds most appealing. x

nick said...

"This house has become more like a suite of offices than a residence." I like it. A lot of houses like that nowadays.

Amaretti biscuits, yum! We've got our supply in already.

Eryl said...

Pilgrim ~ how many cats do you have, they sound like Christmas vigilantes!

I think it will be my office that becomes the grotto, too, because there aren't any boxes to trip over and you can actually sit on the chairs.

Alesa ~ happy holidays to you too! And thank you for having such faith in my creativity.

Titus ~ Christmas isn't the real deal without a ham as far as I'm concerned.

Nanu ~ eggnog erases tune loops? That tip is worth a lot!

Jenny ~ it relies heavily on the pig, sugar, and booze. X

Nick ~ we're hoping that Stevie, who has taken over the sitting room, will be able to rent an external office for not too much soon. Currently we can't have visitors at all.

Pat said...

Nearly missed this. Thank god for boxer shorts:)

debra said...

I always bought marzipan and toblerone for my mother-in-law. She remembered them from her childhood in Chester. This year it will be dark chocolate for me.

Eryl said...

Pat ~ quite.

Debra ~ marzipan dipped in dark chocolate is divine.

Carole said...

All these Christmas posts are great. I don't have a favorite Christmas song, I like them all. Have a wonderful Christmas and great New Year.

Eryl said...

You too, m'dear, X