One of the most interesting and enjoyable things about working at KL.FM is that Christmas is a really special time. I know that it’s a special time of the year for everyone...but the job we do means it’s just a little bit extra-special.
The first sign of things getting festive is that sometime in November we start to think about changing our play list and we dig out all those Christmas songs that come around every year.
For me Christmas is all about tradition and that’s the reason our audience love these songs so much. With very few exceptions most Christmas songs aren’t necessarily all that good and they’re definitely not the best songs that the artists have ever recorded...(think about Sir Paul McCartney’s musical history for example. Nobody would ever seriously think ‘Wonderful Christmas Time’ compares favourably to the rest of his output). But the fact that these songs come on the radio every year and immediately remind us of good times with our families and friends is what matters.
Over the next few weeks we’ll be playing any and every Christmas song we can find and I guarantee, even if you’re a real Grinch, that you have at least one that puts a smile on your face. For me, Fairy Tale of New York by The Pogues is undoubtedly my favourite and always puts me in the Christmas spirit.
The other great Christmas tradition at KL.FM is our annual Toy Appeal. By the time you read this, our team will be out and about collecting hundreds of toys for ill and under-privileged children in West Norfolk. Stay tuned to hear how you can get involved and help to put a smile on someone’s face this year.
It’s also the season of office parties, of course, and the KL.FM team will be out in a couple of weeks’ time enjoying ourselves. As a responsible manager I’ll be drinking diet Coke all night and I’ll most definitely be staying on my best behaviour. Well this might not be entirely true but that’s what I’ve told the team here although I’m not sure they believe me.
Outside of work there’s a new family tradition that’s started since we moved to West Norfolk and that’s a Christmas walk on the beach at Old Hunstanton. Last year it felt like half the county had the same idea and the beach was packed with families and groups of friends all wishing each other Happy Christmas and generally having a great time. And then of course it’s home for a slap-up lunch, the Queens’ Speech and an afternoon of dozing in front of the television. Some traditions are just too much fun to not indulge in.