a couple of great christmas songs and a bonus story

Well I am having a rather quiet ,uneventful christmas this year we coming of a bad year and decide to hold back and go big in 2014 on our christmas then .But I must admit Christmas does always bring me to a few of my favourite christmas songs the first is obvious as it was recently voted the nation favourite christmas song and also is in the single charts for the umpteenth year (always tickles me with Shane McGowan birthday falling on Christmas day ,he must make a tidy sum year on year from  this classic ) The song is a story of a couples american dream falling apart around christmas and for me it’s as much about being in love and yes your dreams fail at times but you have each other and have your memories to fall back on .

The second song was from a few year ago and it was from the Bob Dylan christmas album it turns out after listening to the theme time radio hour Bob did on christmas he is a fan of christmas he even told every one on that show how he made his figgy pudding ,I ‘m sure this theme time show is online somewhere but couldn’t find it this evening .The song is called “it must be santa ” is also actually is rather Irish in its tune as well, has a feel of a reel as the song winds up and seems to speed up just as a reel does when it is played .The video was fun for this ,wouldn’t we all love bob at our Xmas party?

Now I promised you a story ,I do think in some ways  literature is the poor relation of christmas ,I know there are a number of christmas stories but it isn’t as big in novels as it is for singer and filmmakers both of whom seem to draw inspiration from the festive period more than writers .But one writer that did try a different take on the Christmas story is Paul Auster with his long short story Auggie wrens Christmas here it is read on a npr show from 2004 , by the writer himself .The story also form part of a film that Auster made with Wayne Wang an interlocking series of stories all connect with Auggie wren and his tobacconists ,if you haven’t watched it do as it has two great lead roles from Harvey Keitel and William hurt ,also a Forrest Whitaker tour de force as a father discovering his son for the first time .

Have you a favourite Christmas story or song ?

Happy christmas from Winston and I to you all ,I will be back with my Humbook choices tomorrow .

12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Emma
    Dec 24, 2013 @ 05:12:31

    Thanks for this, Stu. I’ve seen Smoke, great film.

    I wish you a Happy Christmas too and I’m looking forward to discovering your Humbooks for Lisa.
    I’ll post about mine tomorrow as well.


    • winstonsdad
      Dec 24, 2013 @ 11:38:04

      Looking forward too tomorrow as well , if you haven’t I’d try follow up to smoke blue in the face a light hearted follow up filmed ad lib just after the filming of smoke


  2. Col
    Dec 24, 2013 @ 06:45:10

    I’m with you and most of the UK in having Shane McGowan and Kirsty McColl as my favourite Christmas song too – though it’s run close by a weird little thing called “Christmas Wrapping” by The Waitresses! There’s just something about the guitar hook in that song that I love.
    Rather pathetically my favourite Christmas story is from my teaching days – I still love The Jolly Christmas Postman! I just think its clever and charming!
    Merry Christmas and best wishes for a better 2014.


  3. gaskella
    Dec 24, 2013 @ 11:31:55

    Ditto for Kirsty & the Pogues. I’d forgotten about Augie Wren – must dig it out. I’m just about to start reading ‘The Nutcracker’ by ETA Hoffmann – as classic Crimbo fave for me – used to see the ballet version every year as a kid.


  4. gaskella
    Dec 24, 2013 @ 11:34:28

    Silly me – so involved in thinking about my own Christmas faves, I forgot to wish you and Amanda A MERRY CHRISTMAS! Hope you have a good one. xx


  5. The Little Reader Library
    Dec 24, 2013 @ 15:19:12

    Happy Christmas Stu and Winston, thank you for introducing me to so many translated books more than I can ever hope to read but I’ll keep trying.


  6. Parrishh
    Dec 24, 2013 @ 16:22:16

    Merry Christmas stuff, my favourite Xmas topic record is Tom Waits Christmas card from a hooker in Minneapolis, especially the version that starts with Silent night.


  7. kaggsysbookishramblings
    Dec 24, 2013 @ 20:15:23

    *love* the Dyan – it’s so silly. Happy Christmas to you and yours Stu – look forward to reading you in the new year!


  8. Richard
    Dec 24, 2013 @ 21:40:53

    Merry Christmas to you and yours, Stu, and hope you have a better year ahead! I’m actually kind of sick and tired of Christmas songs right now, but I’m looking forward to hearing your hand-picked selections since these aren’t the ones I keep hearing over and over again (a friend of mine also just gave me Nick Lowe’s recent Christmas-y album, which I’m looking forward to playing all the way through). Cheers!


  9. amanda
    Dec 24, 2013 @ 22:15:35

    I don’t often hear “Fairytale of New York”–I don’t think it’s really that popular in the US, but it’s one I like to hear. Merry Christmas to you and yours, Stu! I hope 2014 is a much better year for you.


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