There were 11 pipers piping their way to one lucky person on the 11th day of Christmas, and 12 drummers joined in on the twelfth…
We’ve arrived at Christmas Eve, and haven’t the (less than conventional) 12 Days of Blogmas flown! Jolly old St Nick is packing up his sleigh, and elves around the world are breathing a collective sigh of relief as their workload is over for another year. Here at UK2 we’re getting excited about revealing the winner of our Christmas competition; we’ve been firing Christmas questions at you guys over the past 24 days on the search for a Christmas trivia champion to whom we will gift a £600 home entertainment system.
Christmas has always been a time when the air is filled with choruses of ‘Jingle Bells’ and ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’, amongst the more traditional carols such as ‘Silent Night’ and ‘Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem’. Carol services will be held all over the country and much of the world this evening as people come together to sing traditional Christmas hymns and begin the festive celebrations which will continue over the next couple of days.
Music is a big part of Christmas, and for me the 11 pipers piping who were sent as a gift of true love on the 11th day of Christmas, and the 12 drummers drumming on our final day, represent perfectly the musical vibes of the holiday season. The race for the Christmas number one always causes quite a furore; the festive top spot being coveted by many musical artists. In the run-up to Christmas, The X Factor showcases musical talent as people battle to win a recording deal, and a chance to run in the race to Christmas number one.
It was The X Factor’s involvement in the race for the Christmas number one which highlighted the powers of social media in 2009. The public took to Facebook to reject The X Factor’s monopoly on the Christmas number one, sending Rage Against The Machine’s Killing In The Name to the top spot.
There is a (rather large) handful of songs that have become truly iconic Christmas anthems, whizzing in and out of the charts year-in and year-out. The Official Charts Company lists Band Aid’s 1984 version of Do They Know It’s Christmas as the bestselling Christmas song of all time. My personal favourite, Wham’s Last Christmas, came in 3rd place in the table.
From everyone here at UK2, we wish you a very merry Christmas, and we’ll see you on the other side armed with turkey sandwiches!