‘Tis The Season…

…to listen to Christmas music. And I’ve been doing that for a few weeks now. One of our local radio stations began playing it before Thanksgiving.

As I was listening a few days ago, I realized that some of those classic Christmas carols have, of course,  been part of my life all through the years…through my childhood….

One of the first Christmas songs I remember hearing as a child was “Rudolph, The Red-nosed Reindeer”. And my favorite memory of that song is that of my late brother-in-law teasing me, saying that the song was all wrong: Rudolph’s nose was really blue. When I squealed that it wasn’t blue, he would say that maybe it was green.

dianne and christmas tree

I’ve mentioned before that my sisters were teenagers when I was born, so Elvis was very popular at our house when I was a child. I remember hearing his “Blue Christmas” at a very young age, and wondering why he sang about Christmas being blue. I’d heard of a white Christmas, but not a blue one.

 “Joy To The World” was the first Christmas hymn I ever played in church. It was the night of our Christmas pageant, and I don’t recall why the regular pianist/organist wasn’t there. It was decided that, at the end of the program, the congregration would sing a hymn, and apparently, I was the only person there that could play the piano. I don’t remember how old I was, but I don’t think I was even a teenager yet. I had terrible stage fright, but I loved playing for everyone to sing.

…my teen years…

When I was a teenager, “Snoopy’s Christmas (Snoopy vs The Red Baron) was released. Far from being a Christmas classic to some folks, I guess, it brings back memories of my teen years. My friends and I just thought it was a fun song with a happy ending.

… then the years as a young wife and mother, sharing the excitement of Christmas with a little one and teaching him Christmas songs.

marshall santa 1982

Tomorrow I’ll continue with more Christmas songs and the memories they bring to mind each year when I hear them.

~These Days Of Mine~

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15 responses to “‘Tis The Season…

  1. I remember a lot of Bing Crosby … “Do you hear what I hear?” and yes remember learning all the words to “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.” Another favorite was “Santa Claus is coming to town…” it was nearly an “official” song … fun post, Dianna!
    MJ

  2. My favorite Christmas CDs are the ones with the “old” versions of all the traditional Christmas songs…..they lose a little with the more modern versions I think……I love an “old time” Christmas!

    Pam

  3. Yes, my car radio is set to Sunny 99.1 and KSBJ since Thanksgiving. The other day, after picking up grandson from school, I had the radio on as I always do. I turned it off only momentarily to talk with him and ask him a few questions about school. When I finished, he asked “Can you turn the Christmas music back on?” Yes! No problem.

  4. And I loved Dolly Parton’s Christmas albums!! Country girl through and through!!

  5. I love listening to the classic Christmas songs and have been listening since Thanksgiving. I am hooked on our Dish channel Holiday Instrumentals. I love Vince Guaraldi’s “Skating” from A Charlie Brown’s Christmas.

  6. I just attended the Community Chorus Christmas concert in our county last night, Dianna. Truly magical. The music of the season is one of my favorite things about Christmas.

  7. Yes, Christmas music is beautiful and nostalgic. I just love a CD we have of music box renditions of Christmas Carols. We put it on every Christmas. Thanks for the memory lane of some I had forgotten.

  8. Oh, and the new favorites – Michael W. Smith’s “Christmas”

  9. Aw, thanks for taking me right along with you down that memory lane of Christmas songs – even Snoopy’s Christmas. ♪♪ When the Baron cried out, ‘Merry Christmas my friend!’ ♪♪

  10. My parents were big fans of Vince Guaraldi, so we had his regular music and his Christmas music (Peanuts) as youngsters. What a fun post! Ellie

  11. This time of year, Dean Martin & Bing Crosby records go on as soon as I get to the shop !

  12. Thanks for the walk down memory lane 🙂 Those are all songs I love too!

  13. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    Christmas music is truly a treat of the season. I love it.

  14. I liked the Snoopy Christmas songs, too. My cousin had an Alvin and the Chipmunks Christmas song when I was probably in elementary school–I remember my aunt putting it on the record player so I could listen to it.

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