It’s December. A time to really, really get on. It’s also however, an unwritten rule that we can all start listening to festive music. But what’s acceptable when? In our office, Jemma would have had Mariah on the stereo the day after we stopped hearing ‘Thriller’. But if Eman had her way musicwise, we'd be Christmas free.
Argue no more. We bring you an advent calendar of Christmas songs that hit the right note at the right time. So get merry, but hold back on the Mariah for a bit (sorry Jemma).

Week 1:

1st December:
I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm – Kay Starr.
Let’s not peak too soon. A song about love and cold weather is just enough to start advent.
Alternatively: Over The Rainbow – Eva Cassidy. Mildly festive song about milder weather.

2nd December:
Skating – Vince Guaraldi Trio.
From ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’, this evokes images of Linus and Lucy on a frozen lake.
Alternatively: River – Joni Mitchell. Not a Christmas song, but uses Jingle Bells to accompany Joni wishing for a river she could ‘skate away on’.

3rd December:
It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas – Dean Martin.
It’s ok, you can listen to the rat pack now. On the first Sunday in December, it’s likely there will be a lot of untangling of outdoor lights and Christmas will be visibly unavoidable from now on.
Alternatively: Christmas Lights – Coldplay. Doesn’t feel like Christmas at all? Stick this on the stereo.

4th December:
Rockin’ Robin – Michael Jackson.
Because it’s too early for reindeer.
Alternatively: We All Stand Together – Paul McCartney & The Frog Chorus. Frogs!

5th December:
Walking In The Air – Aled Jones.
Figuratively, we’re not peaking too soon. Literally though, we are. Let’s take to the skies!
Alternatively: A Spaceman Came Travelling – Chris De Burgh. Higher!

6th December:
Zat You Santa Claus? – Louis Armstrong.
What’s that? Saint Nick, 18 days premature? I think we can get away with it due to its lack of bells and choirs.
Alternatively: Peanut Brittle Brigade – Duke Ellington. Equally as jazzy, this is from Ellington’s ridiculously brilliant Nutcracker album.

7th December:
Feliz Navidad – Jose Feliciano.
Possibly too Christmassy if you’re a Spanish speaker, to the rest of us – perfect.
Alternatively: Mele Kalikimaka – Bing Crosby. For the same reasons, but this time Hawaiian.

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Look out for the next seven next Friday!

A musical advent calendar – Week 1