Christmas Music Videos: Half of Them ‘Ríu, Ríu, Chíu,’ Most of the Rest ‘Christmas Time is Here’


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You’re welcome to add your favorite Christmas carols and songs in comments and I’ll try to add them to the text — eventually. I’m self-indulging and putting up three of my favorites — one religious, one seasonal and secular, and one self-indulgent (for me), weird, and funny.  (By the way, Ríu, Ríu, Chíu is not about a river; it’s supposed to be the call of the mockingbird.  If you want to know more, here you go!)

I’m putting up multiple versions where possible because — actually, I’m not really clear on that myself, but enjoy them anyway!

Monkees singing Riu Riu Chiu

It is unclear whether they followed this with “I’m a Believer”

The Monkees, Ríu, Ríu, Chíu

Vince Guaraldi Trio, “Christmastime Is Here (Instrumental)”

Opteryan Hegemony, Ríu, Ríu, Chíu

Sara MacLaughlan, “Christmastime Is Here”

Mateu Fletxa with The King’s Singers, Ríu, Ríu, Chíu

Diana Krall, “Christmastime Is Here”

The I.C., Ríu, Ríu, Chíu

Darlene Love, “Christmastime for the Jews”


About Greg Diamond

Worker's rights attorney now moving into "good governance" litigation. North Vice Chair of Democratic Party of Orange County and occasional candidate. Proud to be prolix. Unless otherwise specifically stated, his writings never speak for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level. He tries to either suppress or openly acknowledge his partisan, issue, ideological, and "good government" biases in most of his writing here. If you have a question about any particular writing, just ask him about it and (unless you are an pseudonymous troll) he will probably answer you at painful length. He lives in Brea but generally doesn't blog about it. A family member works as a campaign treasurer for Wendy Gabriella in AD-73; he doesn't directly profit from that relatively small compensation and it doesn't affect his coverage. He does advise some campaigns informally and without compensation, although in 2014 he may receive some compensation for campaign consulting and fundraising for the campaign of Jorge Lopez for Orange County Assessor.