Friday Friendly Fill-ins – the Christmas songs edition


Friday’s Friendly Fill-ins & Music Monday

The Friendly Fill-Ins are four fun and easy statements to complete. Ellen of 15andmeowing provides the first two statements and the final two are offered by myself (McGuffy Ann). We try to make sure they will be fun to both answer and share. On Friday, the linky will be posted at or about 12:00 AM. Please come back, link up, and share your thoughts! Below are this week’s statements with the blanks.

p.s. since this is a Christmas-y music video post, I decided to also link up over at X-mas Dolly and her Music Mondays.

My favorite Christmas Song(s) is/are_____________, but I could do without hearing ___________ ever again.

Wow – there really are quite a few, on both ends of this question. But, of course, when you have to name one… Alright, songs I love are definitely: Do they know it’s Christmas / Band Aid  (scroll down, I have actually embedded the video, too – couldn’t resist), Christmas time / Bryan Adams, oh oh oh and Fairytale of New York / The Pogues w/Kristy MacColl (did you see Matt Dillon?!), Santa Claus is coming to town / Bruce Springsteen – the 1978 version 🙂 (David will kill me for this one – hahaha), Feliz Navidad / Jose Feliciano (a recording from 1973!!), Driving home for Christmas / Chris Rea (have done that myself too often) and I also really like the song and video Christmas Eve/Sarajevo / Trans Siberian Orchestra. Watch it on YouTube, it is a such a cute Christmas story, yes, a bit rocky music, but – great visual story telling. Also, Annie, there are tiny little kitties in it and Tamara, if you read this post, I can totally see Scarlet performing as the little girl.And while you are at it watching videos, just like I just did i.e. interrupting writing this post and totally getting carried away watching video after video (while David is overseas)… watch this one, too, or listen to it. It is the Christmas Canon with a children choir and it’s voices and the strings always give me a little chill. No wonder we had a violinist play at our wedding ceremony…

There is, of course, also a rock version of it by the Trans Siberian Orchestra, just search it on YouTube – or here you go – it is good, too, but rock unlike the video below.I really did not want to turn this post into a Trans Siberian Orchestra post, but I guess sometimes you just have to go with the flow. By the way, these two videos are part of a whole story, a Christmas story with, of course, a good ending. So, if you feel like it, have a little time and like to listen to rocky Christmas click on this YouTube link.

But enough now of the music, I could go on and on and yes, I also love more traditional and older Christmas songs (think Santa Baby / Eartha Kitt), but right now I’d better continue. Oh, I forgot the song I cannot hear anymore. No, it is not Last Christmas as that is actually growing on me again, it definitely would have been my choice a couple of years ago, but how about Mariah Carey and All I want for Christmas is You?

My most meaningful Christmas ornament/decoration is ____________, because _____________.

I don’t really have any old or vintage ornaments from my parents or family, so I will go with ornaments that I got as a gift like the ones below.

My favourite holiday treat is                               .

I try not to eat too many treats these days as I have put on enough weight as it is. However, I am a firm believer in enjoying life, sooooo – I do love and cannot resist home baked Christmas cookies. Fortunately I am so stressed out at work that I don’t have time to bake any.

A holiday tradition in my house is                                     .

Hmm, sadly there is none. Wait! There is, we always have Sushi for dinner on Christmas Eve, does that count?! Not very Christmas-ee, I know, but… Actually, I think this year we may break this tradition as we are going to visit David’s family.

But first there’s another almost full week of work, and also a weekend and sARTurday tomorrow when you may link up any kind of art you have created. I’d love to have you join us.

Psssst – couldn’t resists, I embedded some more videos below – how could I miss U2 and The Alarm version of Happy Christmas/War is over – enjoy!Cheers,



If I have time I will be linking with one or more of the fine people in this collection – check them out!

Christmas ornament

with a bit of snow added in PS

13 thoughts on “Friday Friendly Fill-ins – the Christmas songs edition”

  1. Since I’m at work, I’ll have to wait to watch the videos but watch i will. I have my pyramid out too. Love that thing so much… Such a symbol of childhood christmases for me. 🙂

  2. My favorite Christmas song? Any they do not play. LOL I prefer old world baroque Christmas music with no singing. Comes from being forced to sing in the school choir kindergardten through 5th grade when I went to Catholic School. So, yea, musicals. 😉

    • Have a few links for me, Debbi? I do like classical music a lot, but haven’t really looked into ‘classical Christmas’ music, well, the Christmas Canon is actually a classic song, but…

  3. Thank you for participating in the fill-ins, great answers. I love the Trans Siberian Orchestra too. I think sushi counts as a tradition as long as you are sharing it with someone you love. Have a great weekend! I hope you get less stressed soon so you can enjoy Christmas.

  4. If sushi involves fish, then it most definitely is Christmas-y. I learned about something called the Seven Fishes the other day. If I remember correctly, it has something to do with Cahtolicism and not eating red meat on certain days. On Christmas Eve, the deal is seven dishes based on fish/seafood. I don’t remember if it has to be 7 different fish or just 7 different dishes. I choose all shrimp, please! Okay, maybe throw some fried catfish in there, but definitely have to have the shrimp. 🙂

    U2 is great! My favorite U2 song is Sweetest Thing. 🙂

    Have a blessed weekend and a very Merry Christmas!

  5. There are so many great Christmas songs we both like!!! I LOVE Fairytale of New York — can’t believe I didn’t put that in my own post. I went more traditional I guess. But also Bryan Adams and U2. My girls are constantly singing Last Christmas — which is a bit odd given their young age. ha. I love your Christmas ornaments!! The snowflake is lovely. And I definitely think sushi is a great tradition – especially since no one in my house will ever eat it with me, so I will always miss out!! Traditional turkey and potatoes it will be.

  6. Claudia, I love Christmas mewsic and all things Christmasy! I think anything you do consistently constitutes as a tradition but I would have imagined you incorporating some of your German customs into the holiday. I baked a stollen again this year and it’s better than last year. You came to mind while I baking these delicious pastry. I hope work eases up but at least you have Christmas weekend to look forward to with David and the in-laws. That should be a lot of fun! Have yourself a very Merry little Christmas, my friend and may God bless you in the new year! XOXO

  7. Sushi! I love that. My mom and I got hooked on the trans-Siberian and orchestra when I was in high school. Seem to have a memory that one or both of us got concert tickets to see them! So I fully appreciated this post going in that direction! I think Carol of the bells might be my favorite one.

  8. I love how you did this. Excellent. I had to laugh at the way you answered the songs. I really don’t like “Last Christmas”…or “All I Want for Christmas is You”, either. *augh* But, I do like the ones you like! Enjoy the holidays! I will be back for sARTurday after! HUGS.


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