By Nick Hancock

You may well be “trimming up” this weekend. What a fantastic way of beating the gloom to get all festive at home with the family. I have to say this is one of my favourite weekends of the year.

On Sunday my wife and kids and I will decorate the tree together (on Monday when the kids are back at school and I’m at work Sarah will change it all to make it look more “visually pleasing” but that keeps everyone happy which is of course VERY important at Christmas!)

You will have your own traditions at home I’m sure. You might all wear Christmas jumpers, eat mince pies (by the way Steph Moon gives tips on how to make the most delish mince pies on today’s Your Harrogate podcast) and if you are of similar persuasion to my mother-in-law you’ll be drinking heavily throughout the process too. Whatever floats your boat.

There is something exceedingly important though and you don’t want to mess it up… your festive playlist! As there is no Stray Christmas this year I thought I would give you the definitive Top 10 Christmas songs of all time. Get Alexa to play all these and you’ll be sorted!

10. Stay another day by East 17 – A bit sad but didn’t those massive coats look cosy.

9. Driving home for Christmas by Chris Rea – “Top to toe in tailbacks” basically Wetherby road when the Great Yorkshire Show is on.

8. I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus by The Ronettes – Sadly there is a lot of adultery in Harrogate, especially at Christmas.

7. Do they know it’s Christmas by Band Aid – Who hasn’t sung the Bono bit and air grabbed at the works Christmas party (ooh remember the works Christmas party!)

6.  Santa Claus is coming to town by The Jackson 5 – if you want to be topical change the words this year to “Santisers coming to town…” After all, we don’t want a third wave.

5. Merry Christmas Everyone by Shakin Stevens – Now if you have never seen the TV interview that ended with Shakey putting Richard Madeley in a headlock you need to finish this article and then get straight onto Youtube. You’re welcome.

4. All I want for Christmas is you by Mariah Carey – According to my wife who does have a track record as a fantasist, Mariah was paid nine million quid for doing that crisps ad last Christmas. That segues nicely into the next song………….

3. Last Christmas by Wham! “Last Christmas I gave you my heart but the very next day (Boxing day??!) you gave it away” it’s all just very R U OK Hun??

2.  Fairytale of New York by The Pogues – Forgetting the now dated lyric that most decent radio stations are open minded enough to edit out, this song is essentially a row and I think we can all relate to that at Christmas “I could’ve been someone” “Well so could anyone”.

1. Merry Xmas Everybody by Slade – It’s a great sing a long tune. Both my kids love and know most of the words but the main reasons for picking this is the ever optimistic message that we need now more than ever “look to the future now it’s only just beguuuuuuuuuuun” Classic.

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