Merry Christmas

Beaujolais, Vienne (July 2006)

Well, folks, this is the last post of 2008.

All that’s left for me to do is wish you all a very Merry Christmas, if you celebrate it, and a Happy, Healthy New Year.

The chatroom is open. You have until 18:00 (UK) to pop in for an imaginary tipple of your choosing and a mince pie or two.

I’d like to hear what you like, and dislike, most about Christmas; your favourite and least favourite Christmas songs (be they classic carols or cheese-laden cons of commerciality), movies, foods… and whatever else springs to mind.

I’d also like to know what you’re hoping to find underneath your tree, what you really don’t want, and, if you’re feeling deep and meaningful, your hopes and fears for 2009.

Thank you for your support this past year. You’ve kept this place ticking along for an incredible three years now with your enthusiasm, honesty and wit (often wasted on some people, I know), which I think is pretty impressive and surely longer than anyone originally anticipated.

See you in the New Year.

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour’s official blog, The Blog (‘Features’ previously being its rather naff title), affectionately – or lazily – shortened to ‘FEd’.

110 thoughts on “Merry Christmas”

  1. Hi FEd,

    Thanks for the well wishes!

    My husband Richard was a nut about Christmas (we were married on Dec.23 and our daughter’s name is Natalie) but since losing him I just can’t get into it anymore. The kids and I still do the family things with my parents and in-laws but we choose to mark the Solstice as our winter celebration; dinner with friends, the beginning of longer days!

    As far as what I want under the tree? Nothing that is tangible I’m afraid.

    Happy celebrating everyone, I have really enjoyed coming here the last few months. See you in the new year.


    [It’s been lovely having you, Meg. Enjoy your family – certainly the most important part of Christmas. – FEd]

  2. I made it to the chat room, all be it for a minute or 2… loaded with the Flu.

    Have a nice break

    [Get well soon, Paul. – FEd]

  3. Christmas song that just really annoys me is “Blue Christmas” by Elvis. The background singers doing that “wo oo oo” just sets me off.

    Favorite song is “Oh Night Divine”.

    Both parents have left this earth. Just me and my brothers.

  4. Many thanks for another good year’s work Fed.

    I am afraid that for me personally Xmas is something I like to see the back of. I lost both my parents in the run up to Xmas. Although it was years ago the memories don’t seem to ease.

    However, I am not against it. My children and, I guess, many on here enjoy it.

    I do hope you all have a great time with whatever rocks your boat at this time and my best wishes for the year ahead.

    [Understandable, Pete, it’s a sad time for many. New Year is the worst, I find. I’ve always found that depressing. And that’s before bloody ‘Auld Land Syne’ gets going. Hang in there. – FEd]

  5. Have a wonderful Christmas (Oops, I said the unmentionable word) and a fantastic New Year all!! 😉

    I am heading up to Montreal for the holidays to be with family… really looking forward to it.

    Thanks FED for a great year on the blog and don’t start that diet till after the hols… That’s an order. 🙂

    Have fun!!

    Cheers, Howard

    [Thanks, Howard. Enjoy yourself in Montreal. – FEd]

  6. Hi Fed and everyone!

    Merry Christmas to you and a Happy New Year!

    Happy Anniversary to our wonderful David site here.

    Hope that 2009 will bring much more joy to us.

  7. Happy holidays to anyone who digs them.

    Personally I don’t observe any holiday. I have a few reasons why I don’t celebrate, the most important being the fact that it’s a religious holiday, which denies all of Jesus’ teachings. Drunkenness, gluttony, materialism, the wastefulness…and it’s not even his birthday. No one knows the date of his birth and none of the early Christians observed Christmas.

    Anyway from a religious stand point it has no merit with me, just as religion itself.

    I respect everyone’s right to observe it for whatever the reason, family bonding, gift giving, house decorating and such.

    I completely disagree with the stress and financial hardships that people put upon themselves as well. I think we all have way more than we need. When people hear that I don’t celebrate, they say “awww, but what about your son?”, I just say, “come over and look at his room”! He’s got so much junk that he can’t turn around, and won’t keep it clean anyway.

  8. One thing I dislike about the holidays is being broke for the rest of the month. Buying for everyone in my wife’s family has really taken a toll on my wallet.

    I think what I like most about this time of year is the weather change. It’s been raining for the past three days and we’ve finally caught a break from it all which is nice but it should start up again after the weekend. I’m kind of hoping that it doesn’t rain on Christmas. I’d like to take the family up to the mountains and play in the snow.

    Least favorite Christmas tune would have to be “Christmas Time is Here”. Always gets stuck in my head which is annoying.

    Hmmm, favorite Christmas movie would have to be “A Christmas Story”. Really great film.

    Anyway, that’s all I can think of right now.

    Merry Christmas everyone and many happy returns!

  9. On a more positive note, I like eggnog spiked with brandy, gingerbread, Panettone and my mother’s fruitcake (she rubs it down with Apple Jack brandy and cherry juice for 2 weeks, mmmm). 🙂

    I also like Elvis’ ‘Blue Christmas’.

    I think the decorations and lights are beautiful (yet wasteful).

    I love the blog and all of you bloggers.

    Thank you Fed, David and Polly for keeping it up and running.

    Thank you David, for the wonderful gift of music that you share with us. Your music truly is a lamp to my soul on my darkest days.

    I wish you joy and happiness, and hopefully someday, true peace and security for us all.

    P.S. I promise I’m not mean and stingy like Scrooge.

    [We believe you. You have an iPhone. – FEd]

  10. I like some Brazilian Christmas songs, especially by a singer called Simone. It’s quite commercial, I think, but I like.

    I like Christmas time, me, my wife, and now our kid too. We are usually more inspired, open to new thoughts and reflections and nice feelings. We also think that people in general feel like this too.

    Under our tree we would like too find more harmony between people, a little bit of peace, and a DG Gdansk album (why not?). And also, who knows, a better job for the next year… LOL.

    Best regards for everyone. May all your wishes come true.

    [Have a very Merry Christmas, Regis. – FEd]

  11. * M. Gilmour, Fed, Merry Christmas to you, mais surtout, bonnes vacances, ok? Nous, on est en vacances demain soir. Super cool.

    Et vive la musique! C’est bien mieux que les Maths, non?


    * Et un joyeux Noël aussi et des caresses à Floyd (votre chien). J’espère qu’il est plus sage que Cachou et qu’il ne détruit pas le sapin de Noël, lui.


    [Merci beaucoup. Joyeux Noël. – FEd]

  12. Sadly I will not make it to the chat today but hope to get there in the New Year.

    This has been a bit of a challenging year. So far the capper was my daughter totalling my VW last week but she walked away fine. German engineering is excellent.

    So certainly hoping for a better one next year as well as hopes that I will still be employed. It is nasty out there. BTW I hope EchoesBob finds a job soon as well as anyone else who has been looking.

    A winning lottery ticket would be a wonderful item under the tree as well as copy of LIG. Guess we’ll see.

    Hope all have a wonderful Christmas or whatever holiday you celebrate.

    And FEd, thanks for keeping this place humming.



    [Cheers, Andrew. Have a good one. – FEd]

  13. A Christmas song with Nat King Cole is one of my fave tunes….anything by the Chipmunks makes me cringe.

    Cheers, Howard

    P.S. Mel, I will raise a glass to you notwithstanding.

  14. Merry Christmas and Happiest of Holidays to all…

    Celebrate family and celebrate life!

    F*Ed thanks for another incredible year mate. I can’t believe I’ve known you for three years now and you still haven’t come over for a cold one!

    My love and admiration to all…stay safe. 🙂

  15. Hi everyone,

    I have missed everyone greatly since I have not been able to chat and participate this past year. I wish everyone a great 2009 and Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, or Happy “fill in holiday here”.

    Whichever it is…I hope it is joyous!


  16. Christmas is not my favorite holiday. That said, I have some favorite things about it:

    Favorite song: O Silent Night
    Least favorite song: Jingle Bells

    Favorite food: Standing rib roast
    Least favorite food: Ham

    Favorite gift: Tickets to a show
    Least favorite: A necktie

    Favorite part of the season: Time with family
    Least favorite part: Traveling to where family is

    [Not even Frank Sinatra’s ‘Jingle Bells’, with the helpful spelling of ‘jingle’, Dan? I’m shocked. – FEd]

  17. First of all to David & Polly and you too Fed a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy & Hopeful New Year.

    I think with the recession in a worldwide status we could all use a bit of Hope about now and with a change in administration in the White House we may just get it after a while.

    My wife is the only one working in our household. I’m daily looking for work but with too many people looking for too few jobs it’s quite difficult but I still have Hope that things will improve soon.

    As for favorite Christmas music I’ve always loved Silent Night, Carol Of The Bells and Greensleeves for their beautiful message and melodies.

    And my favorite Christmas movies are Miracle On 34th Street (the original one), The Nightmare Before Christmas and The Polar Express.

    From our home to all of yours on the blog–Merry Christmas to all and to all a Good Night. And God Bless ya too! 🙂

    [All the best for 2009, Michael. – FEd]

  18. Hi FEd and fellow bloggers,

    – I like the fun that children have (no school, gifts, etc.) and I like the couple of days off (which being an atheist, I probably do not deserve) 😀

    – I can’t tell a song I like after having spent 40 minutes waiting in line. I heard them all, I heard them more than once but I did not manage to get 2 tickets for AC/DC’s concert in Munich.

    – I like the cookies my wife and children bake and I like the Stollen (Christmas bread).

    – I know what I get, but I really hope to see three pairs of happy children’s eyes.

    I wish all a good time, enjoy your holidays (if you have them) and a happy, healthy new year.

    Best regards,


    [Mmm, Stollen… – FEd]

  19. Merry Christmas everyone, hope everyone has fun over the holidays. But more importantly, where did 2008 go?

    [Flew by, didn’t it? – FEd]

  20. A time to look ahead but let’s remember as well…

    Click my name… ILRW.

    I actually like The Waitresses “Christmas Wrapping” and Dan Fogelberg’s “Same Old Lang Syne”…

  21. Strangely enough, I don’t mind the songs or the huge, unruly shopping crowds this year. I’m feeling pretty hopeful about 2009.

    Always glad to hear John Lennon’s Happy Xmas (War is Over).

    Happy Holidays to you, Fed, all the Gilmours and extended families, and fellow bloggers! See you next year!

    Bill C

  22. A bit of Christmas Trivia:

    The dreaded song Jingle Bells comes from a piece of music written back in the 1700s called Riding In A One Horse Sleigh. The music is far more complicated but the lyrics are similar to what we know as Jingle Bells in that they deal with a couple finding romance during Christmastime while riding in a single horse sleigh on a cold Winter’s night. Someone in the later 1800s or early 1900s found this piece and turned it into what we now sing as Jingle Bells, but you should look up the original as it’s a better and more tolerable piece of music. Ho Ho Ho!

  23. Would LOVE to see a Gilmour Black Strat under the Christmas tree.

    Oh well, a girl can dream, right?

    Merry Happy!

  24. A merry Christmas to all of you, and F’ed and assorted Gilmours of course.

    We are attending a mass gathering of the _C clans in Austria for a few days … I have the honour of chauffeuring my parents from Munich airport so I’d better lay off the Gluwein until we arrive safe and sound. So some nice fresh snow and a blue sky wouldn’t go amiss.

    Christmas can be/should be a time when we all think a bit more about each other and what is important to us … even if that can be tainted with sadness when that someone or something is missing … need a dose of festive cheer? Look no further than “It’s a Wonderful Life”.

    Music … check out the Kings College Choristers.

    Being an inveterate pig, I do like all the tasty goodies – remember to keep it free range, kids … there’s too many miserable turkeys in Norfolk, I much prefer to eat one that’s enjoyed itself first. 🙂

    Wishes for 2009 … phew, I think we’d all settle for some stability – and an end to all War of course.

    [Enjoy, Tim. – FEd]

  25. Holiday greetings to everyone.

    I do like Christmas time as i get to spend a lot of time with family and friends. The negative thing about Christmas is the sheer Commercialism of it.

    Favorite Christmas song would be Silent Night, favorite movie is A Christmas Story. Great little movie.

    Hopes for the future would be just to keep working, which here in Michigan seems to get harder to do with each passing day.

    Will be hoisting a few to you Fed and all the other bloggers over the holidays. Hope everyone has a safe and wonderful Holiday Season.


  26. Happy Holidays to David and Family, Bloggers, and also to you, FEd.

    May all your drinks go down smoothly.


  27. Hi Fed

    Lucky I caught this last one of the year, and yes I’m going to get all deep and meaningful.

    My genuine thanks to David for this incredible site as is known he is a private chap and a shy. All the plugging he has done for OAI must have done his head in. I can hear him now, ‘get me the f***k out of here’.

    Thank you Fed for making this site so very entertaining, you’re a star mate.

    And lastly, if I may offer my thoughts to Rick’s family, David, and all who new and loved him, my thoughts and prayers as I think Chrimbo’s going to be a bit shitty for them.

    Have peaceful Xmas to all,

    Damian and Katrina

  28. Merry Christmas everyone!

    My favorite Christmas song is ‘Old Toy Trains’ sung by Nana Mouskouri.

    Favorite movie I think goes without saying…’It’s a Wonderful Life’, which I just bought myself, have to be a little selfish.

    Since all my family is back in freezing upstate New York, it’s a pretty boring Christmas this year. I’m sure my soy nog and brandy or crown royal will make it slightly less boring though.

    Merry Christmas to you all! Have a great New Year’s Eve and Day.

  29. This year, I’m spending a hundred dollars on baking goods and making cookies from global recipes for my immediate friends and family. The rest of my set-aside holiday money goes to this pretty awesome Advent Conspiracy to build fresh water wells in countries who don’t have access to drinking water. I’m pretty excited – to help AND to bake. : )

    Favorite Christmas song: We Wish You A Merry Christmas
    Least favorite: Do You Hear What I Hear?
    Favorite food: Cookie dough
    Least favorite: Ham/fruitcake
    Favorite part: Watching It’s A Wonderful Life with my family
    Least favorite part: The pressure of how to react to a gift

    Merry Christmas FEd! Merry Christmas David and Polly! Happy Holidays to everyone on the blog – see you in the new year. : )

  30. Well, I missed yet another chat. This working for a living is cramping my style!

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to FEd and David and all who make the Blog run. And also to everyone around the world who make the Blog a home and a community. God Bless All!


  31. Heeeeeyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!

    Def haven’t been on here for THE LONGEST TIME! I miss getting to the chats and stuff, SO I hope EVERYONE (I’ve definitely missed out on meeting newcomers too) has a VERY awesome and merry Christmas, and Happy holidays!

    Cheers (got my cyber wine glass right here) til 2009!

  32. As I thought, I couldn’t join the chat this afternoon, I’m sorry.

    I just would like to say that hardly three months have passed since I wrote here for the first time, but the blog has quickly become a part of my everyday life. It gave me lots of pleasant, enjoying moments and I would like to thank you very much for this.

    About Christmas…I really love to decorate the tree with my family, to watch my dearest’s faces while they open their gifts, to have dinner all together. I don’t like to receive formal gifts, that sort of thing that someone buys “to” you, but not “for” you.

    Under my tree I would like to find peace, joy and “The Black Strat”! A job for 2009 would be a nice gift, too..

    My favourite Christmas song is John Lennon’s “Happy Xmas”, even if it’s not a traditional one.

    Since this is the last post of 2008, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, FEd, to David, his family and friends and to everyone who writes on the blog.

    Enjoy your holidays!


  33. Hi,

    I just wanted to say Pink Floyd is one of my most influential bands, I have all the CDs from Barrett to Waters to you alone.

    I’m starting a band and am planning to cover some songs of yours and would really love your insight and experienced advice on anything.

    [Good luck, Austin. – FEd]

  34. Not been here as much as I would have liked this year.

    Thanks for all your hard work here Fed.

    Merry Christmas to all.

  35. A very Merry Christmas, and joyful New Year to everybody.

    I have a love-hate relationship with Christmas really, like most people probably. I dislike how commercial it is, with festive displays starting as early as August now – it’s just beyond ridiculous. I do love the tradition of it, and having the entire family in one room, having a nice chat (and once again this year, enjoying the new Wallace & Gromit!). I am looking forward to it this year, especially after being away from home for 9 weeks.

    Favourite song has to be Step Into Christmas by Elton John – I’m not too sure why, just that it’s incredibly jolly.

    Least favourite – anything from the bloody X Factor! I’m not looking forward to constantly hearing horrifying renditions of the classic ‘Hallelujah’ this year, why couldn’t they have just let that one slip the net, and do another song that isn’t as untouchable!

    I hope everyone else is looking forward to Christmas too, and that they enjoy themselves. See you in the new year!

  36. What I like about Christmas:

    – Time off work
    – Not having to set the alarm for two weeks
    – Spending time with my family
    – Cooking Christmas dinner
    – Eating Christmas dinner
    – Uncorking a nice bottle of red after Dinner

    What I don’t like:

    – The commercialisation of it
    – Those gawdy lights that people smother their houses with
    – The office party (thankfully spared from it this year due to cost cutting, Hooray!)
    – Enforced jollity
    – Going to the shops, thank goodness for the Internet!
    – People who fill their shopping trolleys to the brim with utter tosh when the shops are only closed for 2 days, anyone would think it was two months the way some people go on

    Favorite drink: Rioja or Bailey’s
    Favorite film: Shrek

    Really looking forward to the new Wallace and Gromit this year.

    Happy Christmas and new year to everyone here, squishy hugs to those who are not looking forward to it for whatever reason.

    [You’re so right about the panic-buying, Veronica. Idiots. – FEd]

  37. Season’s Greetings FEd,

    Even though I begrudgingly participate in X-mas, I prefer to celebrate Yule (winter solstice). X-mas is way too commercialized and turns people into materialistic ogres.

    What I am looking forward to is having my husband and girls move here, as I have found a house to lease and will get the keys on Saturday. I have been here, in Austin, since August, living with lifelong friends. I have only seen my family maybe 3 or 4 times since then (they’re about 250 miles away).

    For the New Year I have high hopes for our newly elected President, yet fear for his safety… I am looking forward to NO MORE BUSH!!!

    I wish you all a very Blessed Yule and Wonderful New Year.

    Thanks for all you do to keep us fans informed (and amused) FEd.


    [Bless you, Penny. The best of luck with the new house. – FEd]

  38. Happy holidays to you and to all. I love this place, a warm and friendly place on the cold old web.

    I do two holidays in one week, so I’ll be a cooking maniac. A wonderful New Year to all.

  39. Favorite song… the Muppets singing ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’.

    Least favorite: “Have A Holly Jolly Christmas”.

    Christmas has not been the same since my mother passed away, but life goes on.

    I am hoping for Phil Taylor’s ‘The Black Strat’ book. Other things I am hoping for are some contributions made in my name to some charities.

    Things I don’t want are things that are just wasteful, frivolous and not practical (I don’t call Phil’s book frivolous, just necessary). Seems like I always end up with lots of little gewgaws that I just have to keep packing away each year and they are taking up space. I would rather enjoy playing games with family rather than the odds and ends given. Quality time rather than something that I won’t even remember next year.

    Let’s all meet here next year again. Same time, same station.


  40. Well FEd, as this is the Last Post of 2008, I look forward to the Reveille post in 2009.

    Your continued commitment to David’s site and in particular, the Blog, is greatly appreciated by new and old Irregulars alike.

    Favourite Carol (apart from my wife) – O, Come All Ye Faithful
    Fave cheese-laden song – Driving Home For Christmas
    Fave Xmassy film – Home Alone

    Baking the Christmas cake, wrapping the presents, the anticipation… these things jingle my bells in the build up to Christmas.

    Then, having your nearest and dearest with you on the day.

    I hope to find a guitar under the tree this year. It’s about time I gave this playing thing a go…

    I really don’t want NOT to find a guitar under the tree.

    As for the deep and meaningful stuff for 2009, I hope and trust that David will continue to keep you in gainful employment FEd, during these difficult, uncertain times.

    Best wishes and Seasons Greetings to you FEd, David and family, et al.

    Have a good one… See you next year.

    [The same to you, Ken. Merry Christmas. – FEd]

  41. Just a quick mail to say, ‘All the best to one and all.’

    My one regret for this year is that I’ve not spent as much time visiting here as I’d like, but that’s one of my new year’s resolutions.

    I hope to get Live in Gdansk on DVD for Crimbo, but let’s see. Other than that I’d settle for a nice bottle of Glenmorangie, and for my 2 lads to enjoy the festivities – my eldest is just about old enough to start appreciating it!

    Happy Christmas and a very happy new year!


    PS. I fond farewell to Mr Rick Wright and any other people we may have lost this year who are close to any of our hearts!


  42. To all who celebrate Christmas, I wish you a happy one.

    To all who celebrate Hanukkah, I wish you a happy one.

    To all who celebrate Ramadan, I wish you a happy one.

    To all who celebrate Kwanza, I wish you a happy one.

    And to all who celebrate the holidays I’ve missed, have a happy one of those, too.

    But there’s one holiday I think we can all agree upon: Happy New Year to all, and to all a good night!

  43. Merry Christmas FED and all,

    It’s cold as ice here in Slave Lake, Alberta, Canada and thus being outside for a period of Time with the wind chill at -35c and you will become Comfortably Numb.

  44. For most of the first 27 years of my life, the ‘holiday season’ was merely a reminder of extreme sadness and loss. That changed after becoming a parent.

    We’d bundle up the kids, go out and tromp through the snow in search of a Charlie Brown-style tree, then string lights around it, hang homemade decorations on it and put a few presents underneath.

    Christmas Eve dinner: enchiladas
    Christmas day: strawberry crepes for brunch
    Favorite music: Harry Belafonte Christmas from 1962
    Favorite movie: Christmas Vacation (Chevy Chase) or The Ref (Denis Leary)–hysterical, IMHO, and perfect for all you cynics out there 🙂

    Dislikes: Commercialism/consumerism taken to sickening extremes!

    FEd, it’s hard to believe we’ve been together here for three years. Many thanks to you on a job well done! It is greatly appreciated.

    Happy New Year to you, David/Polly and family, and to my fellow Bloggers! It’s been a gift to have the opportunity to know and share with you.

    Peace and love always!

  45. Well, I’m not a Christmas grinch, but I do struggle with Christmas and all the fluff that goes along with it.

    My goal for 2009 is to get my body back into shape and loose 25 lbs. I’m not terribly out of shape, or terribly overweight, but as you get older (I’m 56 now) the extra weight we carry seems to feel heavier and heavier each year, even though the scales show it to be the same. I have joined a Dragon boat racing team, and am in the gym working out 4 to 5 times a week in an effort to not be the fat useless guy at the back of the boat! I also want to walk a 1/2 marathon again this fall. What an accomplishment I felt the last time I did this three years ago.

    More than anything though, I want to reduce and remove the stress in my life, and tear down my self imposed wall (opps, a Floyd reference there!) that seems to be keeping me from really living my life to the fullest of my potential.

    FEd, thanks for keep this site going. It’s a very high functioning site, because of you!

    [I’m sure you’ll reach your goal, Bob. Best of luck. – FEd]

  46. Merry Cyber Xmas and Happy Cyber New Year Everyone!

    Favourite songs: Little Drummer Boy by Bing and Bowie and Greensleeves
    Favourite Food: Turkey and Cranberries
    Least: White Xmas and Egg Nog

    Since it’s been a turbulent year for my wife and I, all I wish is a Healthy New Year to you Fed, and fellow Bloggers. Thanx for keeping this boat afloat for 3 years. Bravo.

    Thanks David and Polly for having us lot.

    [I wish you both a less turbulent 2009, Frank. – FEd]

  47. A big Merry Christmas to all of you here, David, Polly and the family. Especially you FEd. I hope your Christmas is a safe and cheerful one and I am praying you will be right here after the first of the year!

    To me Christmas is a time for family, friends and a time for giving, even if it is just a hug from the heart. So here is your hug, if I may FEd, and thanks for entertaining us another year.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    Barbara P

    [Thank you, Barbara. Have a very Merry Christmas. – FEd]

  48. My fav Christmas song: Anything Elvis
    My least fav: Chipmunks, Alvin has this nasal thing going
    Fav movie: Home Alone II

    Least Fav thing about the religion: seeing him hanging from a dead tree everywhere. I’m sure if and when the chap comes back it will be the last thing he would want to see. Maybe an empty tomb?

    Most Fav thing about Christmas: Christmas Salad! Turkey and Dressing!

    FEd, I would like to join in the cheers to you for the great time I’ve had since I’ve been chatting and reading the blog.

    Merry Christmas to you and David and to your families and friends.

  49. I hope everyone has a good festive season albeit a cold one in the Northern Hemisphere and be sure all of us down under will be thinking of you as we lie on the beach, iPod in ears and Live in Gdansk filling our ears with joy.

    Thanks FEd for the great work and hope for more of the same in 2009 as we negotiate these troubled times.


  50. Gracias por sus deseos Sr Gilmour, su guitarra sonara como fondo en alguna de las tantas reuniones que tenga de aca a fin de año, seguramente haciendome seguir imaginando mundos perfectos.

  51. I wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy new year, spending time with people you love.

    Here’s a recipe for fruitcake… enjoy (Lorraine). 🙂


    5 decilitre white flour
    4 eggs
    2 decilitre dried fruits
    1 tablespoon salt
    1 decilitre brown sugar
    1.5 decilitre nuts
    2 litres of whiskey

    How to make:

    1. Find a medium-size bowl
    2. Taste the whiskey to make sure it’s OK
    3. Repeat nr. 2
    4. Switch on the electric whisker
    5. Whisk 1 tablespoon of sugar and 1 deciliter of butter
    6. Check that whiskey is still OK, drink 1 decilitre
    7. Turn off whisker
    8. Pluck two chickens and throw in bowl with dried fruits (*hickups*)
    9. Switzchzzz on whiskersss again
    10. If dried fruit sticks to bowl, dig it frrrreeee
    11. Taste whiskey again. It’zzz important it’zzz still fine!
    12. Then…find 2 tablespoons of salt.. or something….
    13. Never mind…it’zzz not that important….
    14. Check whiskey again…
    15. Chop the nuts… and then some sugar… or what else you’ve got lying around.
    16. Butter up the oven….(*Hicups, sorry*)
    17. Throw the bowl OUT of the kitchen-window, checking whiskey again….
    18. Don’t forget to turn of whizzzzzzker……

    Go to bed! Who the hell likes fruitcake anyway?

  52. Least favorite Christmas song: Maria Carey, “All I Want For Christmas”

    Favorite is a toss up between Bob Seeger, “Little Drummer Boy” or Greg Lake, “I Believe in Father Christmas”

    To all, Happy Christmas.

    Rgds Geoff Duffy (Dublin)

  53. YES FED, SPOT ON – Die Hard marathon. Wouldn’t be Christmas without it (let’s not mention Die Hard 4.0).

    Another year over? Just can’t believe how time flies now… On an Island – 3 years old almost, still remember the first time I listened to it. Lucky I gave it a second chance eh? LOL!

    Best Christmas song- I quite like Paul McCartney’s Wonderful Christmas Time & John Lennon’s Happy Xmas (War is Over).

    I DO NOT like Elvis’s Blue Christmas (working in a retail shop during Xmas, you get it drummed into you from early November). I am partial to a bit of Shakin’ Stevens though, LOL.

    I’m not hoping for too much this year – although Santa has promised me a new electric razor (extravagance or what?). All the attention will be on the little one, and we will love every minute of it.

    Happy holidays to all. 🙂

    Take care, and see you next year!

    [Enjoy it, Rob. (‘Die Hard’ started with one of the best Christmas songs, too: ‘Jingle Bell Rock’.) – FEd]

  54. Hi Fed and all,

    I believe in Father Christmas by Greg Lake. The agnostic festive tune (“they said there’d be snow this Christmas, they said there would be peace on earth”). The song also covers finding out that Santa is just a big lie, and your dad or mom has been lying to you for years.

    My thoughts to Richard’s family and all his friends who miss him.

    Happy holidays to all.

  55. Happy Christmas everyone.

    Christmas likes:

    – Any Christmas song a few days before Christmas
    – The look of my children’s faces when they open gifts
    – Choirs singing carols on the radio
    – The office winding down
    – Relaxing with family
    – Ghost stories on boxing day
    – “Morecambe & Wise” & “Only Fools & Horses” Xmas specials from the past

    Christmas dislikes:

    – Any Christmas song 30 days before Christmas
    – Stress caused by relatives
    – Adverts for holidays on Boxing Day
    – “The sales”
    – Heartbrurn, overindulgence (self inflicted this one)

    Christmas wishes:

    – World peace, yeah, like that will ever happen, we just can’t seem to live without a good old ruck, if peace does not prevail with relatives at this time of year what chance do we have with our “enemies”?
    – Snow (on Christmas morning)
    – Continued good health

    Fed, thank you for keeping the Blog interesting, humorous & even controversial at times, have a wonderful Christmas & a happy New Year, especially after this Sunday’s result. 😉

    [Come on, Arsenal, let’s be having you. I hope a defeat doesn’t ruin your Christmas, Graham. – FEd]

  56. Hello, FEd and all you bloggers. I enjoyed chat yesterday even if Michele was feeling petulant. :p

    My favourite Christmas film is ‘A Christmas Carol’ with George C. Scott. What a wonderful portrayal of transformation, even if he was coerced by ghosts. Whatever it takes, I guess…

    I love Christmas and think that it can be a ‘taking stock’ period in one’s life. That sort of reflection might lead to some sadness, of course, but that too is part of life. Am I waxing maudlin here? (Heck, I don’t even know Maudlin.)

    I’ll get me coat….


    PS–Merry Crispness, everybody!

  57. Hope not too late to post best wishes to all for lovely Christmas, New Year or what ever particular event one celebrates.

    Sometimes just being part of this community is enough.

    I am looking forward to 2009 because after nearly four years as a widower and fears of being alone forever, I have a new lady in my life. So as a 55 year old who appears to be hopeless acting like a teenager in love, I can only say things really do get better! I never thought I would say that!

    I hope everyone gets a share of feeling that.


    [Good for you, Ian. Have a wonderful Christmas and continued happiness throughout the New Year. You deserve it, mate. – FEd]

  58. Merry Christmas and a very good New Year to you Fed. You do an excellent job. Put your feet up for a bit.

    All the very best to David and his family too, and not forgetting Richard Wright and his family – God bless.


    [Thank you, Steve. All the best to you. – FEd]

  59. Well, today is my last day at the office. I am going to be a stay at home mom for a while due to inadequate nursery staff. I am looking forward to being at home with my daughter. I am hoping and praying that I can find a part time evening job though to help my husband with the bills.

    I wish you all very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Years.

    Best regards.


    [Be lucky in 2009, Julie. Merry Christmas. – FEd]

  60. I like getting together with the family, I love spending time with the children playing and giggling.

    Christmas song, Away In A Manger, sung by children. Moves me to tears every time.

    Christmas film, strictly speaking, this is not a film and it’s not an old classic but I liked it and I hope it does become a classic, Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather. It was a made for TV two-part production.

    Christmas food, anything cooked by someone else for me!

    Chrismas drinks, I’m easily pleased, I’ll drink anything (visions of Alice with a labelled bottle in each hand).

    I love the fact that we are past the longest night.

    Merry Christmas everyone and a Happy New Year!

    love, ash X

  61. Thank you so much for this blog! I have enjoyed reading it and participating all year! Merry Christmas to all and a very Happy New Year too, full of optimism and hope.

    Always remember the less fortunate and always remember you are most likely more blessed than a lot in this world and don’t be afraid to help others.

    Stay true, keep your integrity and live honorably! 😉

    [Well said, Scott. Merry Christmas to you and yours. – FEd]

  62. Hello Fed!

    Thank you for the nice wishes and thank you for this interesting and informative website!

    Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year 2009 to David and his family, to you Fed and to all bloggers.

    See you again in January!

    Best Regards from Berlin

  63. Another year gone by already… how did that happen?

    2008 has been a year of mixed emotions but the blog has been here throughout and for that I’m very grateful. Thank you to everyone involved in keeping it running, especially you FEd.

    However you celebrate the season I hope you have a good one.

    [Thank you, Lynn. Merry Christmas. – FEd]

  64. Hello everyone! I wish you all a very Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year!

    Here in Brazil we have a word, “saudade”, that means you miss someone badly even if you have never met.

    Saudade, Syd and Rick…

  65. Merry Xmas and best wishes for a happy new year to everyone… and thank you to the chat room ‘rebels’ for being such good fun…

    Hallelujah (preferably by Lenny Cohen – thank you) and good night.

  66. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone!

    Best Christmas songs:

    1. Merry Xmas Everybody – Slade
    2. I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday – Wizzard
    3. Do They Know It’s Christmas – Band Aid
    4. Santa Baby – Kylie
    5. In Dulci Jubilo – Mike Oldfield

    Worst Christmas songs:

    1. Millennium Prayer – Cliff Richard
    2. Mistletoe and Wine – Cliff Richard
    3. Little Drummer Boy – Bing Crosby/David Bowie
    4. A Spaceman Came Travelling – Chris de Burgh
    5. Walking In The Air – Aled Jones

    [Hey, don’t knock ‘Mistletoe and Wine’. That’s a classic. – FEd]

  67. I don’t like very much Christmas songs, above all those with an obvious/indecent religious connotation, c’est (IMHO) mielleux, pompeux, ringard.

    Under my Christmas tree, I would like to find a basket full of hope and tolerance.

    Oh, and also a basket filled with all the passwords for the 2009 chat sessions. Santa FEd, if you’re reading…

    I wish you all a beautiful white Christmas. This card is for you all. Please, click my name – except David’s Management, of course. 😉

    And FEd… You know I’m not good with words, I just want to tell you: Thank you for being not only a competent and tireless features editor, but for being FEd, our friend. Priceless.

    Et bonnes vacances! Oubliez nous! (pas trop longtemps, quand même…)



    [But you know most of the words – and mime-type ‘dance’ moves – to Cliff Richard’s ‘Saviour’s Day’ now, eh? Praise be. – FEd]

  68. Love the picture FEd, reminds me of my kitchen table after Hogmanay! Getting into the festive spirit now that the tree is up. Took a while though as the bole was wider than the metal stand. Had to trim some of the trunk off with a rusty saw and nearly lost two fingers in the process!

    Favourite Christmas song would be “I Believe in Father Christmas” by Greg Lake and my least favourite would be that mournful Xmas number from 1980? By Sir Paul McCartney called “Waterfalls”.

    Favourite movie/TV has got to be a tie between the classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” and the “Tom & Jerry” Christmas episode.

    Favourite food & drink over the festive period, my wife’s home made Christmas cake (weighs a ton!) washed down with liberal amounts of Old Peculier.

    Getting that puppy on the 23rd, bought plenty of training pads for the floor.

    All the best FEd over the festive period, thanks for maintaining such a wonderful website for all these years and looking forward to seeing you all in the New Year.

    [Have a lovely time, Tom. I’m sure your daughter will be thrilled with the new arrival. – FEd]

  69. [Enjoy it, Rob. (‘Die Hard’ started with one of the best Christmas songs, too: ‘Jingle Bell Rock’.) – FEd]

    HMMMMMMMMMMMMMM, anal Geoff here, but was it not Lethal Weapon that started with Jingle Bell Rock????

    Have a great one, sir.

    Rgds Geoff Duffy (Dublin)

    [Was it? You’ve got me thinking now, which is never a good thing. Thanks, Geoff. Of course, you’re right. Best ever Christmas song from a movie, however: ‘O Holy Night’ from ‘Home Alone’. – FEd]

  70. [I enjoyed chat yesterday even if Michele was feeling petulant. – Becky]

    I was feeling petulant? Oh! Becky, sorry… this card is for you and the chatters I could have offended (Hi, Liam). Click my name.

    I’m forgiven?

    Bisous and Merry Christmas!


    [Of course you’re forgiven. As I told you yesterday, Christmas is “a time for giving, a time for getting, a time for forgiving and for forgetting. Christmas is love, Christmas is peace, a time for hating and fighting to cease.” (Thanks, Cliff.) – FEd]

  71. Here are a few more Christmas songs that you either love or love to hate:

    White Christmas – Bing Crosby
    Little Saint Nick – Beach Boys
    Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow – Dean Martin (now that one really is from ‘Die Hard’)
    Baby, It’s Cold Outside – Tom Jones and Cerys Matthews (sorry, Dino, but I am Welsh)
    Frosty the Snowman – The Jackson Five
    Merry Christmas, Baby – B.B. King
    Suzy Snowflake – Rosemary Clooney (go on, look for it)
    It May Be Winter Outside – Felice Taylor
    It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas – Perry Como
    Hey America (It’s Christmas Time) – James Brown (no bells, but a good message and, sadly, the Godfather of Soul passed away on Christmas Day)
    Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) – Elvis
    Lonely This Christmas – Mud
    Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Take your pick: Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, John Denver and The Muppets…
    Step into Christmas – Elton John
    Someday at Christmas – Stevie Wonder
    It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Andy Williams

    By the way, if you’re after the ultimate version of ‘Jingle Bells’ – and who isn’t? – by Frank Sinatra, then remember: it must be the version which starts with the Ralph Brewster Singers singing, “I love those J-I-N-G-L-E bells…” If you hear it, you’ll understand.

    Oh, and the Manic Street Preachers did the best (acoustic) version of ‘Last Christmas’.

  72. It’ s so amazing that you are celebrating the 3nd year of this site! Thank you F.Ed. so much for your continuous work to the evolution of this loved site, that is a personal tradition for everyone, and of course for all the deep meanings it has for fans and bloggers.

    I hope that due to the massive economic crisis this Chrstmas could be more genuine, with less useless gifts and more being-together with friends and relatives.
    So I wish to you happiness, prosperity and continued success in the next 2009.

    “What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.” – Agnes M. Pharo

    All the very best wishes to David Gilmour, to Polly, families and your organization too.

    God bless you and thank you for all.

    Ciao Elisabetta

  73. What I like best would be my kids faces on Christmas morning. What I like least would be the ungodly hour that I see said faces at.

    Least favourite song – ‘It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas’ (thanks ASDA)
    Favourite song – ‘Trioka’

    As for films, anything with Alan Rickman in it, so looks like it’ll be ‘Harry Potter: Prisoner of Azkaban’ for me this year.

    Under the tree I’d like to find Kelly Jones (he’d fit too).

    Hope everyone has a lovely Christmas and that the bloke, with the beard, in the Coke adverts bring them what they want.

  74. I cannot believe another year is about to pass, and boy what a bumpy ride it’s been. I’m grateful for this blog and for many of the great people I’ve met throughout the year though. I look forward to coming back here next year. It’s been great fun and I thank you for that.

    Many wishes for pleasant holidays for the bloggers, FEd and his family, David, Polly, and their family.

    Cheers to all!

  75. Love and best wishes to David and Polly for allowing us to congregate here and especially to our FEd for keeping us all in check! A very happy Christmas to you.

    To all my fellow bloggers I offer my most sincerest best wishes whichever way you celebrate this special time of year.

    Thanks again FEd for another entertaining and informative year and hope there’s many more to come. So sorry I missed the chat yesterday, especially as it was the last one of the year. 🙁

    Favourite film has to be “It’s a Wonderful Life” (James Stewart), favourite song is Nat King Cole’s “Chestnuts Roasting On an Open Fire” (ow!)

    I don’t dislike anything really as it’s bound to be someone else’s favourite!

    My love and best wishes also to all of our absent friends and family. You will never be forgotten and will live on in our hearts, always.x

    Peace and happiness to you all. See you in 2009.


  76. ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ was, as Geoff said, used in the opening of Lethal Weapon. Michael Kamen and Eric Clapton did the score for the Lethal Weapon films, if I’m not mistaken.

    A little piece of Lethal Weapon musical trivia: Darlene Love, who plays Roger Murtaugh’s wife, did a lot of studio work in the ’60s singing background for ‘girl’ groups produced by Phil Spector. My personal favorite song of hers is He’s A Rebel, although it was released as having been done by The Crystals. Phil was (and is) a little odd, to say the least–but he did help create some really memorable music.

    So there’s my bit of Random Nonsense to close out the year! 🙂

    If I could pick one inspirational Christmas song to dedicate to the world, it would have to be John Lennon’s Happy Christmas (War Is Over). It’s about freakin’ time, don’t you think?


  77. Have a great break Fed.

    Personally I enjoy Christmas and my favourite Christmas song is I Believe in Father Christmas by Greg Lake.

    Have a good one everybody.


  78. Caption:

    Experiment to demonstrate the end point at which fans all fall down drunk.

    Apparatus (per fan): Glass, Known quantity of wine, 5ml Syringe

    The glass was filled with wine, small quantities were drunk until the fan began to wobble. At this point a 5ml syringe was used to measure 1ml of wine at a time into the mouth of the fan. The point at which the fan slithered under the table unable to consume one more ml of wine was noted. The experiment was conducted several times over a period of days.

    All the fans did eventually slither under the table where they lay giggling. It was noted that different amounts of wine were required for each individual fan, the amount required to have the slither effect, varied from one day to the next. The resulting glasses were found to be perfectly in tune for musicians to play Pink Floyd songs.

    Much, much more research with peer evaluation and participation is necessary.

    ash X

  79. I am new here, but love to read your blogs from time to time…..

    So glad someone said their least favorite Christmas tune was that Mariah Carey one. 😉

    I cannot bear any of the top 40 stuff (putting it nicely there). I love medieval Christmas music…

    The epitome of Christmas cheer, to me, is champagne. 🙂

    Lastly, having the precious time off to spend with my kids is all I want…one’s off at college now, so I can’t wait to catch up. 🙂

    Peace to all.

    [Merry Christmas, Sue. – FEd]

  80. Have you all a very very Rocking Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

    My wish for the next year would be another tour of David, even better with a new CD!

  81. Merry Christmas FEd and the crew,

    What I hope is under the tree! A NOS black Strat would be nice, although I don’t like my chances.

    So an end to another year, a bit of a sad year but thank goodness the late Richard did go on tour with the crew and left us with the great memories.

    I hope all you guys and gals stay well and do head downunder SOON.

    Thanks FEd for the time YOU put into this site.


  82. Dude. Everyone have a lovely winter break.

    And for little people, EXAMS ARE OVER! 😀

    Happy New Year!

  83. Hi FED, just a quick note to say thanks for all you do!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


    [Thanks, Joe. Have a good one. – FEd]

  84. to all of my fellow gilmour fans , fet ed , the web site crew , david , polly and family ( janey , i hope i didn’t leave anyone out , if i did you are included as well !)

    have a very merry christmas . here’s to talking to you in 2009 !


  85. I really want to wish to David’s family, to you Fed and to the bloggers a very merry Christmas and a 2009 year plenty of love, health and peace.

    Michèle, bonne et heureuse année 2009!

    I have been so busy with the work and the family, I abandoned you a little bit, I am sorry…but I think often of you all.

    Love xxx

    [The same wish to you and yours, Sylvie: Merry Christmas. – FEd]

  86. Hello All

    I rarely post here but most days look in.

    Thank you for the most engagingly moderated blog, a pleasure and fun to visit. A worthy supplement to Mr. Gilmour’s transcendent music of which I never tire.

    Happy Christmas!



    [Thank you very much, Peter. Have a very Merry Christmas. – FEd]

  87. I’m happy with myself the way I am, so I just wish to all others the same feeling…

    The important thing for me is to have someone to decorate the tree with and later to watch it… what’s underneath it is not that important.

    Merry Christmas to all…

  88. Without meaning to be corny; Peace and Goodwill to everyone reading this post, have a great Christmas and take it easy.

    Wishes for 2009: tolerance, a world without cruelty, greed or selfishness. High hopes indeed.

    Very Best Wishes,

  89. Merci, Sylvie, meilleurs voeux à toi et ta famille.

    Bonnes fêtes de fin d’année, Lorraine, à bientôt.

    Nice and very moving to see David perform ‘Remember A Day’ on the Gdansk page. We will remember you forever, Rick.

    Au revoir, FEd.


  90. First of all, a Merry Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to David, Polly, your children, Fed, and all the people that play with David.

    Thank you for all things and for this Blog, that for me is the way to share the emotion and curiosity about David and near.

    A special greeting to RICHARD.

    Bye Bye, see you in the new year.

  91. Season’s Greetings to everyone. I tend to use that expression at this time of year as I think it covers most faiths, beliefs etc.

    I used to buy the Radio Times, long in advance and mark out everything that I wanted to watch. The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures are good, I always watch the live concert from Vienna on New Year’s Day and I am looking forward to ‘Wallace and Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death’.

    I dislike how people, in ‘not working class’ neighbourhoods feel the need to send their electric meters into override with all the tacky illuminated decorations on the outside of their house. Is it really necessary?

    My favourite song has to be ‘Fairytale of New York’ and my least favourite has to be ‘Mistletoe and Wine’ although I realise I may be wrong about that as I think it was proved a few years back to be the perfect Christmas song with all of the elements of the formula. 😉

    My favourite ‘Christmas’ movie is definitely ‘Die Hard’ which I note was released in February 1989! Hard to believe that is now 20 years ago and… why wasn’t it released for Christmas?

    By the way, the first Christmas song in Die Hard is introduced like so…

    Argyle (Limo driver): “Mind if we hear some tunes?” (slides cassette into player – Sound of hip hop music.) “Hey! That’ll work!”
    John McClane: “Haven’t you got any Christmas Music?”
    Argyle: “This IS Christmas music!”

    Then you hear ‘Run DMC – Christmas in Hollis’…

  92. “It was December 24th on Hollis Ave in the dark
    When I seen a man chilling with his dog in the park
    I approached very slowly with my heart full of fear
    Looked at his dog, oh my God, an ill reindeer
    But then I was illin’ because the man had a beard
    And a bag full of goodies, 12 o’clock had neared
    So I turned my head a second and the man had gone
    But he left his driver’s wallet smack dead on the lawn
    I picket the wallet up then I took a pause
    Took out the license and it cold, said ‘Santa Claus’…”

    The orchestral score for ‘Die Hard’ was by Mr Michael Kamen of course.

    …once you start watching ‘Die Hard’ you can’t stop… 😉

    My favourite food has to be mince pies and Christmas cake with ‘break your teeth’ icing. My least favourite would be turkey… yes, I know I am vegetarian now… but I always used to hate being woken to the smell of that cooking on Christmas Day morning.

    I don’t think that I will find anything under my tree considering I haven’t even bothered to put it or any decorations up. Bah Humbug. 😉

    I am a little more hopeful for the world situation in 2009. We will have what looks to be a competent world leader in place from the 20th of January.

    I wish everyone a happy and healthy 2009 and hope we all come out of it on the other side.

    Thank you FEd and ultimately David for keeping this community rolling. 🙂

  93. hey fed,

    thanks for another great year on the blog, keeping us all informed! much appreciated.

    have a great christmas and a happy new year,


  94. Unfortunately this year, I haven’t been able to check the blog on a daily basis, but I tried to keep up as often as I could. That being said, I wanted to thank you, FEd for all that you do. The blog is a wonderful source of information, entertainment and good fun, and it’s largely because of you.

    Merry Christmas, everybody! And all the best for the New Year.

    Peace and Love. It sounds so corny, it sounds so simple, yet that is really all we need.

  95. And so this is Christmas… the understated almost reluctant “celebration” (?).

    Anyway, sounds good.

  96. – Frohe Weihnachten und ein gutes Neues Jahr
    – Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
    – Joyeux Noel et bonne année
    – Buon Natale e felice anno nuovo
    – Glaedelig jul og godt nytar
    – Nadolig llawen a blwyddyn newydd dda

    to you FEd, the Gilmour Family and all Bloggers and Chatters!!!

    Good fortune, health and peace on earth!


  97. Merry Christmas and the best wishes for the new year to David and family, to Polly, to the Bloggers and to you FED.

    I don’t want to forget Richard and his family.

    See you next year.

    Claudio from Ravenna.

  98. When you come to Brazil?

    [And on that note, thanks again for all your views, enjoy the holidays and I’ll see you in 2009. – FEd]

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