Editorial

Musical memories of Christmas

Saturday, December 16, 2017

I really enjoy Christmas music. Iím one of those people that could listen to it all year long. This frustrates my wife to no end, who will not allow any christmas songs to be played until after Thanksgiving.

Christmas music takes me back.

It evokes wonderful memories for me.

Memories that date back as far as grade school.

Those songs we learned for our annual Christmas program and sang in front of our parents takes me instantly back in time.

Rudolph, Jingle Bells, and Up on the Housetop Click, Click, Click.

One of the reasons I love Christmas music is probably because of those wonderful holiday specials that aired on T.V. during the sixties and seventies. It seems like every star celebrity of the day had one, especially Andy Williams, Perry Como, Dean Martin, Bob Hope and of course Bing Crosby.

A cherished Christmas memory of mine is sitting up with Mom to watch the movie ďWhite ChristmasĒ on the late show.

Itís still one of my all-time favorites. Watching Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye singing ďSistersĒ still brings a smile.

Letís not forget all those classic childrenís Christmas specials that still run to this day.

Songs from Santa Claus is Cominí to Town and Rudolph just make me feel good.

It doesnít get any better than Burl Ives as a vest wearing snowman singing Holly, Jolly Christmas.

Decorating the tree we would always put on Christmas music.

I especially remember the Elvis Christmas album and Dean Martin Christmas album playing during the holiday season.

Then thereís all the spiritual Christmas songs representing the reason for the season.

Celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Silent Night, Do You Hear What I Hear?, and Away in a Manger.

Beautiful.

Thinking back on this I decided to compile my top ten Christmas songs list.

White Christmas, the Dean Martin version, Santa Bring My Baby Back To Me, by Elvis,

Baby, Itís Cold Outside, the Bobby Helms classic Jingle Bell Rock, Please Come Home For Christmas, Winter Wonderland, Marshmallow World, and All I want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey.

Canít forget Santa Claus is Back in Town by the King of Rock N Roll Elvis.

What a great lyric: Got no sleigh with reindeer; No sack on my back; You gonna see me cominí in a big black cadillac

Just try not grin when you hear that.

My all-time favorite Christmas song is probably Rockiní Around The Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee.

I never get tired of it and sneak a listen all through the year.

That song gets turned up on the radio every time.

Lots of memories in Christmas music for me and I hope for you as well.

Looking back on my list I could go on and on and probably fill the page.

Instead Iíll finish this and maybe head out for a little Christmas shopping humming another favorite, Roy Orbisonís Pretty Paper.

See you out there.

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