Christmas With Higgypop

I love everything about Christmas, from the return of classic festive television commercials and the first sip of a Starbucks eggnog latte in a red cup which marks the start of the countdown to Christmas, to decorating the house while listening to classic Christmas song and celebrating with friends and family with a glass of hot mulled wine around the tree on Christmas Day.


John Lewis Christmas Adverts Through The Years

The John Lewis Christmas ads have become a huge part of the countdown to Christmas. Since 2007 their adverts have become something of an annual tradition. The cover versions of songs from the likes of Ellie Goulding have gone on to make it in to the top 40 singles chart off the back of the adverts.

Below is the complete list of all of the John Lewis Christmas ads, for each you'll find the advert as well as the full version of the cover song and the original track.

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Who Will Be Christmas No. 1 This Year?

  • Christmas No. 1 2017

    Ed Sheeran has an incredible 2017, which included a headline set at the legendary Glastonbury Festival, so it's only fitting that he was crowned with the Christmas No. 1 honour.

Christmas Number One Songs

The coveted Christmas No. 1 is one of the most sought after chart topping positions of the year.  The song which lands at No. 1 on Christmas Day goes down in musical history at the Christmas No. 1 for that year.  Most years novelty songs, charity songs or songs with a Christmas theme battle it out to claim the top spot.

Below is a list of all the songs which have top the singles chart on Christmas Day in the UK...

Christmas No. 1 2016: Clean Bandit - 'Rockabye Baby'

The complete list of UK Christmas No. 1s, click a song for more details as well as the list of chart contenders who were also vying for the top spot.

1999: Westlife - 'I Have A Dream/Seasons In The Sun'
1998: Spice Girls - 'Goodbye'
1997: Spice Girls - 'Too Much'
1996: Spice Girls - '2 Become 1'
1995: Michael Jackson - 'Earth Song'
1994: Easy 17 - 'Stay Another Day'
1993: Mr. Blobby - 'Mr. Blobby'
1992: Whitney Houston - 'I Will Always Love You'
1991: Queen - 'Bohemian Rhapsody/These Are The Days Of Our Lives'
1990: Cliff Richard - 'Saviour's Day'
1989: Band Aid II - 'Do They Know It's Christmas?'
1988: Cliff Richard - 'Mistletoe And Wine'
1987: Pet Shop Boys - 'Always On My Mind'
1986: Jackie Wilson - 'Reet Petite'
1985: Shakin' Stevens - 'Merry Christmas Everyone'
1984: Band Aid - 'Do They Know It's Christmas'
1983: The Flying Pickets - 'Only You'
1982: Renée And Renato - 'Save Your Love'
1981: The Human League - 'Don't You Want Me'
1980: St. Winifred's School Choir - 'There's No One Quite Like Grandma'
1979: Pink Floyd - 'Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)'
1978: Boney M - 'Mary's Boy Child'
1977: Wings - 'Mull Of Kintyre/Girl's School'
1976: Johnny Mathis - 'When A Child Is Born (Soleado)'
1975: Queen - 'Bohemian Rhapsody'
1974: Mud - 'Lonely This Christmas'
1973: Slade - 'Merry Xmas Everybody'
1972: Jimmy Osmond - 'Long Haired Lover From Liverpool'
1971: Benny Hill - 'Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West)'
1970: Dave Edmunds - 'I Hear You Knocking'
1969: Rolf Harris - 'Two Little Boys'
1968: The Scaffold - 'Lily The Pink'
1967: The Beatles - 'Hello, Goodbye'
1966: Tom Jones - 'Green, Green Grass Of Home'
1965: The Beatles - 'Day Tripper/We Can Work It Out'
1964: The Beatles - 'I Feel Fine'
1963: The Beatles - 'I Want To Hold Your Hand'
1962: Elvis Presley - 'Return To Sender'
1961: Danny Williams - 'Moon River'
1960: Cliff Richard & The Shadows - 'I Love You'
1959: Emile Ford & The Checkmates - 'What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For?'
1958: Conway Twitty - 'It's Only Make Believe'
1957: Harry Belafonte - 'Mary's Boy Child'
1956: Johnnie Ray - 'Just Walkin' In The Rain'
1955: Dickie Valentine - 'Christmas Alphabet'
1954: Winifred Atwell - 'Let's Have Another Party'
1953: Frankie Laine - 'Answer Me'
1952: Al Martine - 'Here In My Heart'

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My Christmas Video Playlist

  • What Happens If You Touch The Elf On The Shelf

    December 19, 2017 4:03 PM

    For a few weeks now, I've been trying to catch my Elf on the Shelf moving on camera, in doing so I had to touch the Elf. Of course we all know that if you touch your Elf the magic goes.

  • Real Elf On The Shelf Caught Moving On Camera

    December 13, 2017 5:36 PM

    You might have watched my Elf On The Shelf video a couple of weeks ago where I told you how to see an elf move. Well, ever since I’ve been trying to catch my Elf on the Shelf moving on camera, so I’ve been staying up all night and kept a camera with me at all times.

  • How To See Santa Claus On Christmas Eve

    December 07, 2017 4:10 PM

    Everybody knows that on Christmas Eve Santa starts his journey to deliver gifts to boy and girls around the world. I'm sure you've received presents from him in the past yourself, but have you ever stayed awake to try and see him? This can actually be pretty hard to do and in this video I'll show...

  • How To See The Elf On The Shelf Move At Christmas

    November 30, 2017 4:10 PM

    You've probably heard of the Elf on the Shelf, they appear in homes around the world before Christmas and keep an eye on you to make sure you're behaving. Perhaps you've seen an elf hiding in your house and you've wished you could see it move, well I'm going to try to find away.

  • Higgypop's Christmas Potions

    December 22, 2016 6:10 PM

    Higgypop introduces all of his magical Christmas potions in one festive special. Find out how to make a potion to make it snow, to bring a snowman to life, to summon a Christmas elf or even the big man himself, Santa! And if you're feeling brave, I'll even show you how to make a potion to summon...

  • How To Make A Potion To Summon Krampus On Christmas Eve

    December 15, 2016 6:10 PM

    In this video I'll show you how you can brew a potion to summon Krampus on Christmas Eve. Krampus is a half-man, half-goat, half-demon who is hell bent on destroying Christmas for everyone and punishing children who are on the naughty list... To make this potion you'll need the following - beard...

  • How To Make A Potion To Bring A Snowman To Life

    December 08, 2016 9:10 PM

    In this video I'll show you how you can use some Christmas magic to brew the potion to make a snowman come to life like Olaf from Frozen... You can brew this potions using the following ingredients... Sub-zero iced water Brussel sprouts Chestnuts A slice of a rare Who-roast-beast Eggnog Then the...

  • How To Make A Potion To Summon A Christmas Elf

    December 01, 2016 6:10 PM

    If you're struggling to keep up with house work, school work or community service over the Christmas then you might need an elf to help you... Christmas elves are small, friendly beings who love nothing more than helping humans at Christmas time... First set up your brewing station over a hot to A...

  • How To Make A Potion To Summon Santa Claus

    December 17, 2015 6:10 PM

    Snow is falling and Christmas is near, There’s plenty of magic this time of year. But if Santa’s arrival seems too far away, Then here’s a quick potion to bring him today... First take out your cauldron and dust off the snow. Open some brandy and let spirits flow. Add in a mince pie fresh...

  • How To Make A Snow Potion To Make It Snow

    December 10, 2015 11:10 PM

    Christmas is a magical time of year, the only thing that can make it more special is a blanket of snow on the ground. So in this potion I’ll show you how to summon snow... Chill your cauldron in a freezer over night and then add the following ingredients: 1. A glove 2. Petrified snow flakes 3....

  • Lodrick & Savragob - The Knife Before Christmas

    December 19, 2014 7:36 PM

    ’twas the night before Christmas and Santa was on his way to Kronson to visitation Lodrick and Savragob. They were as excited as a dandy pot and had been waiting all year, but not for their presents, no. Lodrick had an awful idea, a wonderful awful idea... The pair listened with both their and...

  • How To Make A Christmas Spirit Potion

    December 12, 2014 7:36 PM

    Christmas is a magical time of year but not everyone always gets in to the spirit. That's why I'm going to tell you how to spread some cheer with a festive potion... You'll need: 1. A sprig of ivy 2. A holly leaf 3. A cinnamon stick 4. Cat waste 5. Vodka Bottle the potion and spray it around to...

  • How To Make Homemade Christmas Gifts On A Budget

    December 04, 2014 7:36 PM

    Give a loved one an old pair of socks and some sticky tape, they can use it to create their own emergency eye ball catching system by taping the socks under their eyes... A great homemade gift idea for someone with a sweet tooth, perhaps a child or badminton player is a chocolate shoe. Simply in...

  • A Christmas Curse

    December 04, 2007 2:55 PM

    It's here, the Higgypop Christmas special! Higgy is taught the true meaning of Christmas after being cursed by a festive fairy! Thanks to Andy and Raven Lilly for providing voice, check out Lilly's channel... http://www. youtube. com/ravenlillysoa Thanks for watching and merry Christmas!!...

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The Best Of My Christmas Stuff

  • Is Krampus Real?

    December 25, 2017 6:00 AM

    Krampus is a half-man, half-goat, half-demon who is hellbent on destroying Christmas for everyone, including Neil Petark. He's also responsible for punishing children who are on the naughty list. If you're feeling brave, then these instruction will show you how you can summon Krampus on Christmas Eve.

  • Ghost Stories For Christmas

    December 24, 2017 6:00 AM

    This December I want to revive the tradition of sharing ghost stories at Christmas, an old practice that was popular in Victorian times. So, for just before Christmas 2017, I'll be streaming a live collection of stories, especially selected for Christmas and read exclusively for

  • Christmas Drinks To Avoid

    December 22, 2017 6:00 AM

    Christmas is a time when lots of seasonal alcoholic drinks appear on the shelves, but are they any good? In the spirit of research, we decided to raid the local shops to find some Christmassy drinks and put them to the test.

  • 'Ghost Stories For Christmas' Returns From The Grave

    December 21, 2017 6:00 AM

    It may give you the winter chills to hear that Ghost Stories at Christmas is back on our tellies this festive season. The strand began back in 1971 with the M.R. James adaptation 'The Stalls of Barchester' and ran regularly until 'The Ice House' in 1978.

  • Unwrapping Your Favourite Christmas songs

    December 20, 2017 6:00 AM

    Christmas songs – impossible to avoid, sometimes hard to love. We're taking a closer look at some of those Christmas classics that play a part of everyone's Christmas.

  • How British Is Your Christmas?

    December 19, 2017 6:00 AM

    How typical is your Christmas? Do you stress yourself out with shopping trips at the busiest time of the year and put yourself through the pressure family arguments? Or do you break from tradition and go away for Christmas and escape the hassle of the holidays?

  • Paranormal Television Christmas 2017

    December 18, 2017 6:00 AM

    Here's your essential guide to paranormal and weird television for Christmas 2017. The BBC revive the Victorian tradition of scary stories on Christmas Eve with 'Ghost Story Night' on BBC Four, there's also new episode of 'Inside No. 9', 'The League of Gentlemen', 'Black Mirror' and 'Doctor Who'.

  • Summon Santa Claus On Christmas Eve

    December 17, 2017 6:00 AM

    If you can't wait for Santa Claus to arrive then this magic potion might help him to arrive a little earlier, you'll need a few Christmasy ingredients, a letter to Santa, and you'll need sure you go to bed early and get to sleep as fast as you can.

  • Christmas Movie Magic Quiz

    December 16, 2017 6:00 AM

    There are plenty of Christmas movies with plots that involve the use of magic, how much can you remember about the magical elements in these festive film favourites? Test your knowledge with this quiz.

  • How To Bring A Snowman To Life With Magic

    December 14, 2017 6:00 AM

    Did you know that using some Christmas magic, you can make a snowman come to life just like from 'Frozen?' Follow these simple instructions to brew a living snowman potion.

  • What Makes A British Christmas – A New Book May Have The Answer

    December 13, 2017 6:00 AM

    Christmas. Billions of people celebrate, or at least acknowledge it, every year. But what makes a British Christmas? One person who has set out to document the myriad ways we celebrate a British Christmas is writer and musician Rhodri Marsden, who recently published 'A Very British Christmas – Twelve Days of Discomfort and Joy'.

  • Is Santa Claus Real Or Not?

    December 12, 2017 6:00 AM

    Lots of weird rumours get circulate on the internet, like the claim that the world is flat or that Slenderman is real. Well, believe it or not, the latest odd rumour is that Santa Claus isn't real.

  • How To Summon A Christmas Elf

    December 11, 2017 6:00 AM

    If you're struggling to keep up with housework, schoolwork or community service over Christmas, then you might need an elf to help you out. These instructions will teach you how to summon your own Christmas elf to help you around the home.

  • How To Make It Snow This Christmas With A Magic Spell

    December 10, 2017 6:00 AM

    There's once surefire way to make it feel even more Christmasy and that's by making sure it snows and this magic potion and ritual will help you do just that. It involves a few basic festive ingredients and a special dance.

  • Inappropriate Christmas Movie Quote Quiz

    December 09, 2017 6:00 AM

    Can you filter out the two inappropriate phrases to uncover the original phrase to complete these ten famous lines taken from classic Christmas movies?

  • Quiz: Could You Survive If You Got Snowed In?

    December 08, 2017 6:00 AM

    With snow forecast to hit most part of the UK in the run up to Christmas, you might be wondering if you could survive if you got snowed in. The quiz is designed to determine whether you have the basic provision and to test if you have to necessary survival skills.

  • 9 Best Christmas Prank Ideas

    December 07, 2017 6:00 AM

    If you want to guarantee yourself a place on Santa Claus' naughty list this year, then these practical joke suggestions and prank ideas are sure to help you achieve your goal as well as irritate your closest family and best friends.

  • The Christmas Movie Drink-A-Long

    December 06, 2017 6:00 AM

    It's not like you need an excuse to raise a glass at this time of year, but our guide to some great Christmas drinks in some great Christmas films might be just the ticket for you to get the sherry out and drink along.

  • 9 Strangest Christmas Traditions From Around The World

    December 05, 2017 6:00 AM

    It's a tradition that at this time of year newspapers and websites publish a list of Christmas traditions. is no stranger to that festive tradition, only we're doing it in our own way. But what's a 'normal tradition' for us might seem strange to others. For example, in the UK it used to be the habit that a strangely dressed, bearded fellow would appear as if by magic in everyone's living room on Christmas Day. But enough about Noel Edmond's TV specials, what do the rest of the world get up to when celebrating the birth of little baby Jesus?

  • 7 Common Christmas Myths

    December 04, 2017 6:00 AM

    The truth behind seven common misconceptions relating to Christmas. Questions like 'did the Coca-Cola company really invent Santa?' And 'will it snow in Africa this Christmas?' are debunked once and for all.

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The Atheist's Guide to Christmas.


42 atheist celebrities, comedians, scientists and writers give their funny and serious tips for enjoying the Christmas season. When the Atheist Bus Campaign was first launched, over Gbp150,000, was raised in four days - enough to place the advert 'There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life' on 800 Uk buses in January 2009. Now dozens of atheist writers, comedians and scientists are joining together to raise money for a very different cause. The Atheist's Guide to Christmas is a funny, thoughtful handbook all about enjoying Christmas, from 42 of the world's most entertaining atheists. It features everything from an atheist Christmas miracle to a guide to the best Christmas pop hits, and contributors include Richard Dawkins, Charlie Brooker, Derren Brown, Ben Goldacre, Jenny Colgan, David Baddiel, Simon Singh, Ac Grayling, Brian Cox and Richard Herring. The full book advance and all royalties will go to the Uk Hiv charity Terrence Higgins Trust.

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