X is for Xmas football…
Christmas? In August?! We know, we know, but if the supermarkets are going to hawk their festive wares during the months in which sun cream is still on offer, why not touch upon one of the most special periods in the Premier League calendar?
Either way, Slade wrote and recorded “Merry Xmas Everyone” in the summer months of their 1973 American tour in a swelteringly hot studio, and that song is the embodiment of Christmas for some people. A blog won’t do any harm.
Similarly, Boxing day football is another national Christmas institution. It’s a day of fixtures filled with family traditions and personal pilgrimages that means so much to so many.
The football usually isn’t half bad either, and while managers and pundits may bemoan the lack of a winter break in English football, it’s hard to dismiss the importance and power of festive football.
After all, the sounds, smells and imagery of the whole period is infectious, inside and out of the football stadium of the land. Every year the stands will fill with fans in Santa Claus costumes, seasonal cheer and goodwill to most men, so long as they’re not the opposition, the referee or any other type of persona non-grata, of course.
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