Friday, December 19, 2014

The Christmas Song

I was raised on "Christmas Classics" when it came to Christmas carols.  Singers like Nat King Cole, Judy Garland, and Burl Ives could be heard throughout our home in December.  We giggled at the Beach Boys track on The Timelife Treasury of Christmas because we knew they were of a lesser caliber.

Thus it would only make sense that one of my Christmas favorites is "The Christmas Song."  It's about the joy of children at Christmas and how we can all have childlike joy at Christmas.  I feel especially connected to that this year with Joshua.

"And every mother's
Child is gonna spy to see if
Reindeer really know how to fly"

In his rendition, Bing Crosby perfectly described this song as a musical Christmas card.  While there are dozens of versions of this song out there, the best is certainly from Nat King Cole.  Enjoy this gem which I found on YouTube

The Christmas Song

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire
Jack Frost nipping at your nose
Yuletide carols being sung by a choir
And folks dressed up like Eskimos

Everybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe
Help to make the season bright
Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow
Will find it hard to sleep tonight

They know that Santa's on his way
He's loaded lots of toys and goodies on his sleigh
And every mother's child is gonna spy
To see if reindeer really know how to fly

And so I'm offering this simple phrase
To kids from one to ninety two
Although it's been said many times,
Many ways, Merry Christmas to you

written by Wells, Robert / Torme, Mel.

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