I was table topics master for the last meeting before Christmas. Here are my topics based on the theme of Christmas Music.
- In 1975 Greg Lake released the song “I believe in Father Christmas”. Despite all the evidence, why do you still believe in Father Christmas?
- Between 1647 and 1660 Oliver Cromwell banned Christmas including all Christmas Carols and feasting. Why do you think we should ban Christmas?
- In 1984 Wham! reached number two in the UK chart with the song Last Christmas, which included the lyrics “Last Christmas I gave you my heart, but the very next day you gave it away”. Who will you be giving your heart to this year?
- In the Christmas of 2000 Bob the builder reached the number one spot with the song “Can we fix it?” Tell us about a time when you fixed something.
- In his 1988 song, Mistletoe & Wine, Cliff Richard described Christmas as “A time for giving, a time for getting”. Tell us about an interesting Christmas present that you’ve given or received.
- Sir Cliff Richard has had three Christmas number ones. But more impressively his 2010 calender was the topselling calendar of a male celebrity last year, beating Justin Beiber and Peter Andre. What celebrity do you want on your 2011 calendar?
- In 2009 the Rage Against The Machine got the Christmas number one with their song “Killing In The Name” seventeen years after it was originally released. What song from the past would you like to see re-released and become Christmas no.1?
- The 1993 song “Mr Blobby” by Mr Blobby. Voted the most annoying Christmas #1 in a poll by HMV. What kind of music do you find annoying?
- X-factor has dominated the Christmas no.1 slot for the past few years. What would you do if you had as much money as Simon Cowell?
- On Christmas eve 1914 French, English and German troops simultaneously sung the carol Silent Night during the Christmas truce. Tell us about a time you made a truce.
- In 1974 Mud had a Christmas number one with the song “Lonely this Christmas”. Tell us about a time when you had a lonely Christmas.
- The 1945 song, Let it snow, features the lyrics “Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful, and since we’ve no place to go, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.” Do you think the UK can cope with more snow fall over Christmas?
- In his Christmas song, White Wine in the sun, the comedian Tim Minchen sings the lyrics: “And yes, I have all of the usual objections to consumerism; The commercialisation of an ancient religion; And the westernisation of a dead Palestinian; Press-ganged into selling Playstations and beer”. Do you think Christmas has become too commercial?
It was a great high energy session with many references to Cliff Richard.