Santa Claus is Coming to Town

This song has some real nostalgia associated with it. Sixth grade Glee Club members on risers arranged in a semicircle in the upper elementary school cafeteria facing rows of folding chairs filled with smiling parents in those pre-cell phone days when memories were entrusted to memory cells, instamatic cameras or clipped from the pages of the Kirksville Daily Express. I remember singing this song, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, and playing I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing on the soprano recorder. What I do not remember is whether there were any sixth graders not in Glee Club. Seems like it was a very large bunch.

Just for the record, I still have my recorder, and I still remember that tune.

O Little Town of Bethlehem

Later this morning Hanna, Ryan and I will be heading to St. Louis to lay to rest Hanna’s grandmother and my first mother-in-law. I am confident in my memory that this was one of her favorite Christmas songs, but it is painful to realize that her sudden, unexpected death means that I can no longer make a quick call or text to confirm. Life is fleeting; don’t put off contacting the people you love. Today’s selection is in loving memory of Ann Ogawa.

Jim Nabors was a favorite of my late father. For being capable of such a goofy “Gomer Pyle” speaking voice, he sure had a beautiful baritone. And by golly if you want to hear a particular Christmas song, he probably recorded it.