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

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

Somewhat verbose attorney, semi-retired due to disability, residing in northwest Brea. Occasionally runs for office against bad people who would otherwise go unopposed. Got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012; Josh Newman then won the seat in 2016. In 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002; Todd Spitzer then won that seat in 2018. Every time he's run against some rotten incumbent, the *next* person to challenge them wins! He's OK with that. Corrupt party hacks hate him. He's OK with that too. He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.)