One of my favorite things about this time of year is the music that permeates everything. I don’t really like to hear Christmas carols before Thanksgiving, but after the dinner has been put away, it’s all fair game.
When I was a child my parents had very little in terms of entertainment around the house, like books, movies and music. There was a small bookshelf that contained mostly animal and handyman encyclopedias and a smattering of other books. Musically they still had 8-tracks, maybe a dozen or so and that was limited to a couple of Elvis Presley’s, a Willie Nelson, a Vern Gosdin and a few other artists; more than likely those 8-tracks were Country and Western artists and I write Country and Western because at that time Country music went by its full name. In addition to that vast collection of music there was a green and white striped box kept in a closet that contained a mix of long-playing record albums. These records were not Country, because Daddy didn’t own any of them, and only a few not geared towards kids. If my memory serves me correct, there were only three that weren’t children’s records: Madonna’s self-titled debut album, Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Do it Debbie’s Way, a Debbie Reynolds’s exercise album.
As for the kid’s albums there were a couple of story book LPs but my favorite were the two Christmas records. One was this one from Arthur Godfrey titled All I Want for Christmas.
Then there was the other album, although I don’t remember the name of it, but it was filled with a large number of children’s Christmas songs and carols including “Donde Esta Santa Claus”. Thinking back now, I realize how annoying it must have been to have to listen to these records over and over again, but that’s all in the spirit of the season.
What’s on your playlist?