As I was putting up the Christmas decorations this year, I realized how much I have stitched for this holiday, which given that I am not a particularly religious person is probably a bit strange. I had a hard time picking just one, but choose:
Santaberry Pudding by Shepherd's Bush. It just makes me smile every time I hang it up and walk past it.
Jo asked us to talk about our favorite holiday song. I absolutely LOVE Christmas music and had a hard time narrowing it down. I managed to get it down to two but I could not pick a favorite between them so...
The Holly and the Ivy and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen are the two songs that I would want with me if I were stranded on a desert island. I cannot tell you what attracts me to either song, but I could listen to them on a loop, year 'round and not get tired of them.
I searched and searched for versions that I thought conveyed the feeling of both songs (there are some amazing Medieval choral groups that do The Holly and the Ivy), but I kept coming back to my favorites by Annie Lennox as several people noted in the YouTube comments, I could listen to her sing a grocery list. I hope you enjoy them.
First, The Holly and the Ivy
and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. I like this video as it weaves the Christian and pagan elements of the season together so well.