By now, most of you would probably be severely irritated by me; most of my coworkers are. I began listening to Christmas music on September 30, which is about three weeks after I usually begin. Nothing can dampen my affection for holiday music, even in the absence of the holiday. One must begin this early after all, if one is to listen to all existing recordings of “White Christmas” in time.
If I wasn’t already in the mood for some sleigh bells, the news that there is to potentially be a Downton Abbey Christmas album would be enough to get me going. Now this announcement comes via The Sun, one of the UK’s most inflammatory publications, so it may all come to naught. But now that the idea has been planted in my mind, there is nothing to deter me. Tie in the fact that Lady Cora (Elizabeth McGovern) is in a band called Sadie and the Hotheads, and I’ve just pre-ordered something that doesn’t exist.
So, powers that be, here is what I would like to see from a Downton Abbey Christmas album:
1. “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” but not with regular 12 accumulations. I want something more like “The Twelve Days of Downton.” This would include “three female heirs, two eligible bachelors, and Edith in a pear tree.” Poor Edith. It would be sung by the whole cast, of course.
2. “Baby It’s Cold Outside” sung by Carson and Mrs Hughes.
3. “White Christmas” sung by the Dowager Countess.
4. “Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy” sung by the Dowager Countess and Mrs Crawley.
5. “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” sung by Lady Edith .
6. “There’s No Place Like Home (for the holidays)” sung by Matthew Crawley—come on Dan Stevens, just one song?
7. “Blue Christmas” sung by Tom Branson. There has to be a weepy one.
8. “Rockin Around the Christmas Tree” sung by Mrs Patmore and Daisy.
9. “Last Christmas” sung by Lord Gillingham.
10. “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” sung by the whole cast.
11. “When a Child is Born” sung by Lord Grantham.
12. “All I Want for Christmas is You” sung by Daisy.
13. “Ho Ho Ho (Who’d Be a Turkey at Christmas?)” sung by Thomas.
14. “Fairytale of New York” sung by Lady and Lord Grantham.
Last, but certainly not least…
15. “Santa Baby” sung by Lady Mary.
I am far too excited by this prospect. What would be on your Downton Christmas wish list?