Mid-Week Movie #21: Christmas 2018

It’s December 13th, so is this the first day of Christmas?
Is that how it works?

As we hurtle along the I-40, the speaker — a radio DJ on Sirius — isn’t accessible for correction, but no, that’s not how the 12 days of Christmas work.  I understand the confusion.  I tend to see Christmas Day as the culmination of a season of plenty of plenty, but the 12 days start on Christmas Day.  Signalling the start of something else, perhaps?

Last year’s video celebrated a select few of our 150 National Treasures — a Canada-wide perspective.  This year’s version limits itself to celebrating a few of the wonders of my current home, Ottawa: the apolitical aspects, at least.

Never mind the irritatingly bouncy melody.  Try not to be bothered by the forced cheeriness as well as the forced rhythm of the lyrics (mine or the original). Just relax and enjoy this new take on a traditional Christmas classic.  Sing along, if you like.

Above all, enjoy Christmas Day this year.  May it be the start of something new for yourself and for us all.



  1. Alison Uhrbach

    I loved it! sang right along – You are SO talented!! I was curious if all the Tim Horton photos were from the same store? do you have a favourite?

  2. Jim Taylor

    I second all the motions above. But — of course — I’d like to see something more. Because the real gifts of Christmas, or any time, are the friends we have. Whether they’re close enough to hug, or so far away that we can connect only through the internet
    On each day of Christmas, my true love(s) gave to me
    — family
    — friends
    — companions
    — shared passions
    — thoughtful conversations
    — likeable strangers
    — people who remember my name
    I just don’t know how to put all that to music.

    1. Isabel Gibson

      Jim – Hmm. As I worked on this second version, I wondered how I might tackle next year’s. Maybe you’ve given me — if not the answer exactly — then at least a sense of the target. Thanks!

  3. Such fun to see how you kept the surprises coming as the lyric remained the same. Every image you capture is a gift.

    A safe and happy winter adventure to you and the Big Guy. May you be wreathed in music and surprised by joy.

    1. Isabel Gibson

      Laurna – Thanks! I find that doing videos is teaching me how to do videos, at least a little. And the possibility of a video helps me look at places with new eyes. All good. Merry Christmas to you and yours as well.

  4. Marianne McQuillan

    Hi Isabel,

    Very cute video, and I too prefer the Tim’s cup of steeped tea. I was raised to understand that the Christmas season begins on Dec. 6th on the Feast day of St. Nick and ends January 6th – Epiphany. But it seems like the holiday music starts just before American Thanksgiving and stops on Christmas day. It is honestly too much for me, so I stop listening to most radio stations until mid December.
    I hope you have a wonderful 2019.

    1. Isabel Gibson

      Marianne – Good to hear from you. Glad you liked the video. I knew a staunch Anglican who knew all the feast days and seasons of the church year – details that I had missed in my United Church upbringing. 🙂 But whenever, however, and however much we celebrate, it is a wonderful time of year. All the best in 2019.

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