14 Days Until Christmas

I’ve been picking a Christmas song a day to talk about here on the blog, and for the last couple days, I’ve woken up with Elton John’s “Step into Christmas” in my head. Seems like a sign…

A couple Easter eggs – or Christmas presents —

  1. Elton’s John’s legendary collaborator Bernie Taupin is “playing” the tubular bells.
  2. Elton holds up his Watford Football Club supporters club card. A longtime fan, he bought the team a couple years after this and owned it for more than a decade.

“Step into Christmas” was released as a 45 single in 1973, backed with “Ho! Ho! Ho! (Who’d Be A Turkey At Christmas).” If you really want to hear that one, go back and click the song title – but you’ve been warned.

“Step into Christmas” has since shown up in a few compilations, but if you can find a used copy of the 2005 version of “Elton John’s Christmas Party” that was sold only in Starbucks, it has six songs that are missing from the version sold everywhere the next year. It’s a good way to pick up two other 1970s classic rock Christmas songs, the live “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” from Bruce Springsteen and “Please Come Home for Christmas” by Eagles.