A New Season, George Michael and ‘December Song’

Well, is it just me, or has today suddenly marked the start of Christmas in a really big way? It’s probably because this year has been so generally awful, anything that brings a bit of cheer into our lives is going to be welcomed with open arms. It felt as if every song played on the radio today was a Christmas one, and lots of people seem to have put up their trees and decorations already. How ridiculous – I would usually say – except this year I joined in! My bare little tree in the front garden is now festooned with lights and I can see a few more bits and bobs going up over the next few days. Meteorologically we have finished with autumn and are now heading into winter, but that first winter month is December, and for most of us in the western world December means Christmas.

Trying to bring cheer to my front garden

I’ve not had too many rants around here of late which is probably a good thing. The pandemic has affected all of us in so many ways but it seems the ‘new normal’ (as we used to call it) is now just normal life. I was in a state of high alert for the first few months of the crisis and became a bit of a doom and gloom merchant, but have since learnt to keep my own counsel. It’s going to be a tough winter for many, but hopefully there is now light at the end of the tunnel.

I have been doing a bit of tidying up around here of late and my attempt at being a daily blogger last month really helped with that. I have reinstated some posts that had been taken down and topped up some of the categories that only had one post attributed to them. One category that has been incomplete for some time however is The Seasons In Song. In my first year of blogging I wrote a Summer post on the 1st June and an Autumn one on the 1st September. A couple of years ago I wrote a Spring post on the 1st March, but Winter has so far eluded me so it’s time to right that wrong.

It often feels as if this blog is a George Michael fansite as he appears around here so often. It’s not of course, but what better day than this to share one of his last successful single releases, December Song. It reached the No. 14 spot on the UK Singles Chart in 2009, but would probably have reached a higher position had physical copies of the record not sold out in only one day.

December Song (I Dreamed of Christmas) by George Michael:


What I hadn’t realised before was that December Song starts off with a sample from Frank Sinatra’s The Christmas Waltz. I’m a bit early really with the whole Merry Christmas thing, but I doubt if many people at the moment would object to the next line, ‘May your every New Year dream come true’.

So, ‘What’s It All About?’ – We had the November full moon in our skies last night which was a great way to end autumn but now we are most definitely heading into winter. There was a beautiful sunset in the sky this afternoon and I took a rather long detour on the way back from the shops just to appreciate it. Hopefully there will be more just like it.

It’s obvious that December 2020 is going to be very different from those we are used to but we humans seem to adapt and I’ve almost forgotten what my old life was like. I feel desperately sorry for all those people who have suffered loss this year, of any kind, and recognise this time of year makes it even tougher. Those of us who are able to, should go the extra mile in doing what we can to help them. Hopefully, all our dreams for 2021 will come true.

Until next time…

December Song (I Dreamed of Christmas) Lyrics
(Song by George Michael/David Austin)

Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas
May your every New Year dream come true

Sweet December song
The melody that saved me
On those less than silent nights
When snow would fall upon my bed
White sugar from Jesus
And take me to the day
She could always smile
The Virgin Child would always show, you see
Just to save me
(Just to save me)

There was always Christmas time
To wipe the year away
I guess that morning theyd decided
That the war would have to wait

There was always Christmas time
Jesus came to stay
I could believe in peace on Earth
And I could watch TV all day
So I dreamed of Christmas

Maybe since youve gone
I went a little crazy
God knows they can see (the child)
But the snow that falls upon my bed
That loving I needed
Falls every single day
For each and every child
The Virgin smiles for all to see
But you kept her from me

There was always Christmas time
To wipe the year away
I guess that morning theyd decided
That the war would have to wait

There was always Christmas time
Jesus came to stay
I could believe in peace on Earth
And I could watch TV all day
And so I dreamed of Christmas
Yes, I dreamed like you

Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas
May your every New Year dream come true

Author: Alyson

Whenever I hear an old song on the radio, I am immediately transported back to those days - I know I'm not alone here and want to record those memories for myself and for the people in them. 50 years ago the song "Alfie" was written by my favourite songwriting team Bacharach and David - The opening line to that song was "What's it all about?" and I'm hoping that by writing this blog, I might find the answer to that question.

9 thoughts on “A New Season, George Michael and ‘December Song’”

    1. I know, this has been noted before, but as you get older the years seem to whizz by. This has been a bit of a wasted year as well in terms of doing much of anything but hopefully next year will be better.

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  1. This probably won’t surprise you, Alyson, but I generally avoid Christmas records like the plague (with one or two notable exceptions).
    I think the only giveaway that it’s Christmas at Medd Towers will be some twinkly lights in the window and some fizzy fizz in the fridge. I can’t abide fake cheer and organised fun, so, apart from doing Boxing Day with James and Janneke in Manchester (which I’m looking forward to so much I’m practically bursting), I’ll be lying low; even lower than usual.

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    1. You know what, I’m usually a bit bah humbug about it all as well, but we have DD living with us and as she’s had such a shitty year I daren’t go down that route this year. It’s unheard of us to have Christmas lights outside or anything ahead of the week before Christmas, but our across the road neighbours have had a tough year too so just trying to bring a bit of cheer to our street.

      Yes, a bit of ‘a bubble’ with some bubbles will make Boxing Day worth waiting for. Don’t lie too low until then though – I’m sure there will be some great telly and music about.

      Thanks for the clip – Interesting.

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  2. What a lovely hopeful post, which I’ve just chanced upon 🙂 🙂 I’m still trying to decide what my Christmas will be this year. Whether I will get back to the UK to see my youngster or not. But so long as he and my daughter are fit and well and can survive all this I shall count myself very lucky indeed. Thanks for the good cheer and wishing you well!

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    1. Hi Jo – Thanks for this lovely comment. I had to smile though as if you’d been reading this blog in the first half of this year I wasn’t being very positive or hopeful at all. I think I’ve learnt to be grateful that so far we’ve all stayed well and I seem to have got used to the new normal.

      Having looked at your blog (beautiful pictures by the way), I think I’d like to be where you are for Christmas but understand you would want to see your offspring. Maybe this is the year for a virtual Christmas and hopefully in a few months time we’ll all be able to meet up with each other safely. Whatever you decide, have a good one, and thanks for dropping by.

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      1. Thanks, hon. I’m trying to persuade myself it’ll be fine but I’m on a bit of a rollercoaster right now. The blog is my bit of escapism, but it doesn’t always work. All the best for the festive season 🙂 🙂

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