I don’t know about you, but while I was sprouting up during the seventies, Christmas in our house was a typically traditional ritual that followed a similar tinsel-plated template from year to year.
The same medley of decorations were randomly scattered about the tree mixing classic seventies pieces – felt baubles in orange or pink, super-modern amber plastic hoops filled with some sort of shiny sci-fi tape loops that dangled alongside retro-deco’s from the fifties – cough-candy style twisted aluminium strips (purple or red on one side, silver on the other), real glass baubles and Japanese lanterns. All finished of with Woolworths candyfloss-type-fibreglass to add some soft-focus embellishment to the lights.
The Martini (red) and the drinks cabinet would be cracked open on Nan’s arrival, and when it came to lunch, stalagmite style red candles, the candlebra and ‘special cutlery’ from an embossed box had their annual day trip to the table. Which, was typically centred around a Christmas cake wrapped in fancy band of gold foil and frilled red paper, with, perhaps a snow scene on the icing.
If you’re wondering what in the name of Jacob Marley is the point of this winterland ramble? Well, it’s that, the cosy essence of Christmas was the familiar similarity of the occasion. And, in much the same that way we’d fire up this Frank album while Martini’s were a’pouring – I feel it could become,perhaps a seasonal tradition, to repost my homemade winter mixture created for Christmas last year….
Marc Bolan – Christmas Message
Clarence Carter – Back Door Santa
Keith Mansfield – Snowman Stomp
Jingle Bells – Booker T and the MG’s
Ramsey Lewis Trio – Here Comes Santa Claus
Oscar Peterson – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Stu Hamm – Sleigh Ride
Up With the People – Jingle Bell Beat
Anita Kerr Singers – Jingle bell rock
Soulfoul singers – Santa Claus is coming to town
Soulful Strings – Sleigh Ride
Edwin Starr – Snowflake Boogie
The Rhodes Kids – Winter Wonderland