In 1970 José Feliciano, a Puerto Rican singer-songwriter created a Christmas song with simple, heartfelt lyrics. From duets e.g., Michael Bublé and Thaila (2017) - https://www.youtube.om/watch?v=SK7cpuhwoP0 to soloist e.g., Céline Dion (2015) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwFD6dCV82w to the Wiggles (2021) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53MUtFGC3bU, “Feliz Navidad” by José has become a classic for all generations and gained extraordinary popularity around the world.
José recorded this song while feeling homesick at Christmas. Stuck in an L.A. studio he pined for his 11 brothers and their entire extended family, thousands of miles away. It was reported they had always celebrated Noche Buena, Christmas Eve, eating pasteles and lechon, drinking rum and carolling in parrandas.
For Christmas 2021 this personal story of José will resonate with so many individuals and families separated from each other for an array of reasons, including COVID-19 restrictions and implications.
S-E-W from all the team at Ripley Sewing Centre – Marie, John, Larissa and Donald - in solidarity we emulate the words of José as sung by Celine Dion. “we wanna wish you a merry Christmas” and look forward to sharing all things that come our way in the year ahead.