We had a surprise last night. We were in the middle of my tape of The Gathering (late 70’s made for TV movie starring Ed Asner) when someone knocked on the door. We had carolers at the door. The kicker is that there’s a caroling scene in the film and I’d been thinking that it had been years since I’d seen carolers anywhere around here. And low and behold some carolers showed up. Serendipity.
I’m not sure I have a favorite carol. I guess I should say that I have a lot of favorites. I love the old traditional carols. From Silent Night to Joy to the World with stops at Bethlehem and singing along with Oh Holy Night; I love this time of year. There’s a special place for The Little Drummer Boy, and Do You Hear What I Hear? For White Christmas and Jingle Bells, for traveling home for the holidays, Jingle Bells, Decking the Halls, putting the Holly and the Ivy together. Thanks to the cats, it looks like the only Christmas Tree around here this year will the be the one on the stereo. And with a little luck we can sing about how It Came Upon a Midnight Clear under the stars. But, I’m not holding my breath.
I always get a kick out of I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus. There’s a Norman Rockwell print of a little boy poking around in his folks chest of drawers. He found a Santa suit in the bottom drawer and the absolute shock on that red headed kid in the hand me down pajamas is priceless.
Anyway I think one carol that does make me stop and listen is I’ll Be Home for Christmas. I tend to puddle up a little whenever I hear it.
Ah, speaking of drummer boys, it’s playing in the background right now. Excuse my while I croak along. I had a decent voice once upon a time. Too many years in retail, add a few allergies, and you end up with a barely passable shower voice. Mom’s understanding and the cats can go hide under the bed. Well, the drummer boy was doing his thing while I was doing the first draft. The Three Kings are passing throughright now.
Then again, I've always had a soft spot for this one, too. :-)