It’s just not Christmas to me unless I listen to the Carpenter’s A Christmas Portrait album. When I was little I loved playing that record over and over during the season. Karen Carpenter’s version of the Christmas Song is still my favorite. As well as the Christmas Waltz. The first words,” Frosted window panes, candles gleaming inside, painted candy canes on the tree,” are what I remember most about her voice. I was a teenager when we finally got the cd version. The version that Richard Carpenter messed up. I mean, what happened to “Oh Come Oh Come Emmanuel”? Though I listen to the cd most of the time, I miss the original recording. Yes, I could play the record, and I really should.
A Charlie Brown Christmas never fails to delight me. I watched it last week with my sister, and will probably do it again once more just for good measure. I love Snoopy and the gang. I love Linus’ version of the Christmas story. This cartoon never fails to delight me.
Along with Charlie Brown is another classic. How the Grinch Stole
Christmas. I love, love, love this one more than Charlie Brown, I think. I love Max, the dog, and the whole story. I’ve almost gotten the story down where I can repeat it, but not yet. A few more years. I have managed to watch this twice already this year.
Another little thing I love reading a book from my childhood. It’s A Child’s Christmas Cookbook. Put out by the Denver Art Museum back in 1964, this book is illustrated with Victorian pen and ink drawings by Thomas Nast. The book is cutzy little recipes and ideas for children during the holiday season. I’ve never made anything in it, but it’s adorable to read. You can read it like a book as it’s a thin paperback. I can’t explain why I love it so, but it just brings to mind the smell of Christmas trees and sitting in the living room looking at all our Christmas books. Out of all the books for this time of year, this one is one in particular I ALWAYS read.
Another book or story, is The Night Before Christmas. A total classic, I know, but a must. Need I say more?
Ah, films. It’s just not Christmas without White Christmas. That old classic Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye film. I never grow tired of it, though this year, I wonder if I will get to it in time for the holiday. If not, I don’t mind too much.
Lastly are the three Santa Clause films with Tim Allen as Santa. I love them, and they have become a staple. There are other things that scream Christmas to me, and many other things that are minor traditions, these just happen to be musts in my mind.
So, to all my readers, Merry Christmas. Have a safe and joyful holiday with friends and family.