Advent song for December 16: The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

We hear from Pentatonix fairly regularly in these pages, I think, because they are interesting and don’t sound like anybody else (and have a lot of Christmas songs). I think this is completely a capella but someone with a better ear than me can say so for sure. This is today’s song of choice because it’s the most wonderful day of the year*; the day I go for Christmas Thai food with my ex BBC colleagues. We only manage it once a year, and we had to skip a year because of Covid (we somehow still pulled it off in 2021; I’m not sure how), and some people have to travel thousands of miles for it, but it’s always worth it. Happy Friday!

*My weekends away with university friends also fall into this category, but happily we usually manage those more often than once a year.

Advent activity #5

I’m going to let you interpret today’s instruction, GET NUTCRACKER, in whichever way you choose. Should you happen to own a decorative Christmas ornament in the shape of a toy soldier from the ballet then you will be able to hit the nail squarely on the head, but in the unlikely event that you don’t, you could:

  1. Get your actual honest-to-god nutcracker from the kitchen drawer and use it to crack some nuts
  2. Get the ballet on DVD, or stream it, or, from December 11, stream it live from the New York City Ballet
  3. Get coconut liqueur, cognac, lemon juce, triple sec, pineapple juice, some ice and a strong constitution and mix yourself this slightly terrifying-sounding drink

However you choose to celebrate Nutcracker Day, as December 5 will henceforth be known in our house, you must for sure begin by listening to Pentatonix, last seen gracing these pages two years ago with That’s Christmas To Me, perform this adorable version of the Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy:

Advent song for December 14: That’s Christmas To Me

Sorry today’s is so late, I was cleaning my now former flat and it took ALL DAY. But it’s worth the wait because this song is both perfect and awful in exactly the same way as Love, Actually or Songs That Make Will Feel Sick, which would make it perfect for Christmastime even if it weren’t a Christmas song, which it is. I assume Pentatonix all live in a house together and spend all their time working up acapella five-piece harmonies, but I’m too tired to Google them and find out. I mean, you would if you could, right?