Christmas Songs
Sunday November 26th 2006, 1:01 pm

Today we are taking advantage of the mild weather to decorate outside our house for Christmas. It really isn’t too soon because we won’t be turning the lights on until next month. Weather in December is too unpredictable, and we may get a cold period in the weeks before Christmas. It is no fun trying to put up the lights and decorate the trees in the cold. We very seldom get a white Christmas because snow doesn’t usually start until January, in this part of Nova Scotia. Last year, on Christmas day, we had mild temperatures with clouds all day and some fog in the evening, but the year before, we had some snow flurries and it was so nice for Christmas.

I don’t know why we feel we must have snow for Christmas to put us in a Christmas mood. It probably has something to do with Christmas songs such as White Christmas, Winter Wonderland and many more. I love the old Christmas songs sung by Bing Crosby, Mel Torme and Perry Como from the 1940’s and 50’s, but my favourite CD is Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton’s “Once Upon a Christmas“. It has the best orginal Christmas songs I have heard since the old records. I had originally bought it on cassette and bought the CD last year. Also I can’t forget my favourite singer, Michael Buble, who recorded a few Christmas songs, which are great. My favourite Christmas song is “Silver Bells“. I remember when I was younger, singing this song to myself, while shopping downtown and travelling to work in the days before Christmas. I think that I liked it because I lived in the city and the song refers to the silver bells in the city at Christmas.

In the 1970’s I had several albums of Christmas music, which I replaced with cassettes in the 1980’s and CD’s now. I play them regularly in December every year while wrapping gifts and decorating the house, as it makes these chores more pleasant. As soon as Christmas day is over, I put them away for another year, because I get tired of them. As I am writing this, I am playing a new CD I just bought called “Best of Holiday Music“. It has all the old songs which were orginally recorded in the 1950’s and 60’s. I have about half my Christmas shopping completed, but I am not ready to wrap anything until early December. It seems too soon for that yet.

Have a nice day,