The 12 Blogging Questions Of Christmas – Day 8 – Do You Like Or Loathe Chris Rea?

You know that Chris Rea song, ‘Driving Home for Christmas’? Well I hate it. Whenever it comes on the radio, I reach for the tuner and change channel pronto. I think it’s his gravelly, dour voice. He turns the most positive message into a depressing dirge. I can think of nothing more depressing than being stuck in a festive traffic jam with Mr. Rea. It’s ‘no, no, no’ as opposed to ‘ho, ho, ho’ as far as he’s concerned.

I did travel today, however. To pay a pre-Christmas visit to my mother. I dragged myself off my death bed, a la Lazarus, and made the hour long car journey with my very own Christmas elf, Rebecca. The weather was foggy and drizzly but we made good time. Even better, Chris Rea was nowhere to be seen. Or heard. My old home town of Omagh was busy, busy, busy with last minute shoppers.

Hopefully, this is my last long trip before the big day itself. Fionnuala is taking the kids to see the new ‘Mary Poppins’ movie tomorrow but, much as I love all things Emily Blunt, I’m going to spend the day resting at home and hoping this illness clears before Tuesday. I hope that wherever you travel over the Christmas break, it is a safe and incident free journey. Chris Rea or no Chris Rea.

Will you be travelling over the festive period?

Do you like or loathe Chris Rea’s ode to Christmas?

What’s your favourite festive jingle?

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We are Stephen and Fionnuala and this is our story. We live in Northern Ireland, have been married for 17 years and have three kids - Adam, Hannah and Rebecca. We hope that our story will inspire and encourage others. We have walked a rocky road yet here we are today, together and stronger than ever. We are far from perfect and our faith has been battered and bruised. But an untested faith is a pointless faith. Just as a fractured faith is better than none at all. We hope you enjoy the blog.

47 thoughts on “The 12 Blogging Questions Of Christmas – Day 8 – Do You Like Or Loathe Chris Rea?

  1. We travel an hour up to my parents’ house; we did my husband’s parents yesterday.

    Haven’t heard it. 😀 Now I’m certain I don’t want to.

    I love the traditional, old versions of Christmas carols and have to listen to a variety.
    I found a YouTube list of 20s, 30s, and 40s Christmas songs and (ads aside) love it!


  2. Sorry to hear you’re still sick – hope it clears up soon. I don’t intend to travel much – I am going to put my feet up and let my offspring come to me. We will likely visit my brother at some point, but it’s only a 10 minute drive. I have too many favorites when it comes to Christmas tunes (like food, I cannot pick just one) but Bing Cosby’s White Christmas sure makes me nostalgic – my parents loved Bing! At any rate I hope you and Rebecca had a nice visit with your Mum and that you can enjoy the rest of the holidays despite illness. God bless you and yours!


  3. We will be doing some local travel on Christmas Eve and staying put with our open house Christmas Day. I do not know who this Chris Rhea person is but many an artist have butchered my favorite Christmas songs over the years. I am talking to you Taylor Swift with the Wham remake. My favorite Christmas album of all time is Phil Spector Christmas album. Creepy though he may be…..that is pure nostalgia!


  4. I can drive to Daddy’s house in two hours, but I won’t. He doesn’t come out of the woods during deer hunting season. So we’ll celebrate Christmas next month. And yes, even though I’m 55 years old I still call him Daddy. It’s a Southern thing.

    I’ve never heard the Chris Rea and will keep it that way. I tend to avoid Christmas music because most of it isn’t really music.

    I suppose I’m ready for Christmas, though. I’ve been practicing this month, so now I can pick up my guitar and play Feliz Navidad and You’re A Mean One Mr Grinch. Just the intros, though. I’m too cheap to buy the sheet music.

    Merry Christmas!

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  5. We’ll be staying at home for a quiet, although reduced, family Christmas. As children grow up and get married we lose a portion to their in-laws. I’m more than happy to let them deal with holiday travel and airports. As for Christmas music I have to say that by November 2nd I’ve heard far too much! However, there are a couple of songs that I love dearly. My Dad was a bit of a crooner, though he’d never admit it. One of my first memories is of him singing “Winter Wonderland”. I hear it today and I can picture him singing as I sat in his lap “driving” to my Grandmother’s house. Christmas doesn’t seem the same without him. Merry Christmas to you all.


  6. I don’t know that song. If it’s like most modern pop Christmas tunes, I’m probably glad I don’t know it.

    I’m not traveling anywhere for Christmas but my son’s father arrived yesterday from Florida. I think he was a tad disappointed that it wasn’t colder here in Buffalo & we weren’t covered in snow.

    I still have a small bit of shopping to do but it’s all neighborhood stuff & I will be done by noon. I will be baking the rest of the day.


  7. I’m definitely of the love Chris Rea “Driving Home for Christmas” camp – here’s a link to my old blog explaining why I love it so much ( But I think my favourite Christmas song is Run with the Fox (link to new blog: In fact, this year I’ve linked to 8 favourite Christmas songs/ carols (and don’t worry, Chris Rea is – surprisingly – not among them!

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  8. Had never heard of Chris Rea, so I looked up the song on YouTube. Eh.
    I wouldn’t call them my all-time favorite Christmas tunes, but two songs in heavy rotation for me right now are Spiraling’s version of “Do You Hear What I Hear?” and Relient K’s “In Like a Lion (Always Winter).”


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