Aerial view of the riverThe Ditton Corner plot from the airFen Ditton - an aerial view

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Christmas 2003

'Whose turn is it to choose the Christmas Music?'

Christmas music.  You know it's getting close when you hear all those old songs playing in the department stores.  We reach down to our special Christmas shelf for the CDs we only bring out once a year.  Of course we all like something different.  'Suzie Snowflake' is a favourite to play while trimming the tree.   Andy goes round singing 'Silver Bells' in a funny voice.  Helen likes the massed choirs coming over all triumphant.  So here we are in our own song styles.

Carols are Helen's favourites    Alice likes those hippy Christmas tunes from the 70s

Henry likes rap and doesnt care if its Christmassy    Andy's an old traditionalist with those old croony sentimental numbers

John & Yoko - the Original cover shot for Merry Xmas (War is Over)   Alice & Panda (stand-in for John)

So this is Xmas n And what have you done n Another year over n And a new one just begun

And so this is Xmas n I hope you have fun n The near and the dear one n The old and the young

A very Merry Xmas n And a happy New Year n Let's hope it's a good one

Without any fear

The original - Carol singers in Westminster Abbey  Helen with her hymn book (the Gospel According to Al Franken)

O Come All Ye Faithful n Joyful and triumphant,

O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem.

Come and behold Him, n Born the King of Angels;

O come, let us adore Him,

O come, let us adore Him,

O come, let us adore Him,

Christ the Lord.

The Original Baha Boys - all three  Henry with hair gelled, getting in the groove

Who let the dogs out? n {woof, woof, woof, woof}

The Christmas party was nice, the party was jumpin' {Hey, Yippie, Yi, Yo}

And everybody havin' a ball {Hah, ho, Yippie Yi Yo}

I tell the fellas "…start the name callin'…" {Yippie Yi Yo}

And the girls report to the call

The poor dog show down

Who let the dogs out? n {woof, woof, woof, woof}

The Original - Bowie & Bing duet  Andy getting in the crooning mood

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas n Just like the ones I used to know.

Where the treetops glisten n And children listen n To hear sleigh bells in the snow.

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas n With every Christmas card I write.

May your days be merry and bright...

And may all your Christmases be white.