Won’t mean a thing, dear :: Holidays-by-the-day

“You’ll be doing alright, with your Christmas of white, but I’ll have a blue, blue Christmas.” One of my favorites of the more melancholic holiday songs, for some reason this song always reminds me of a scene from the movie Coal Miner’s Daughter, when Loretta Lynn first hears, on the radio, that Patsy Cline has died. I do not know why it is that this song always takes me there, as I believe the song playing in that scene, on the radio, is actually Patsy’s hit, Sweet Dreams of You, but that is how my pop-culture mind works sometimes. Blue … Continue reading Won’t mean a thing, dear :: Holidays-by-the-day

I caught one of your horns :: Holidays-by-the-day :: Day 12

“And Santa here is faster, this house must be the last now. And we follow Mr. Santa, to the end.” I love discovering unusual holiday music, a new something that can be slipped in amongst the traditional and the favorites, both from the past and modern. This song, with its eerie vocals and space age electronic whirs and beeps, definitely fits the bill for unusual. What are your favorite unusual/unexpected holiday songs? Christmas Reindeer :: The Knife Continue reading I caught one of your horns :: Holidays-by-the-day :: Day 12

Then he smiled at me :: Holidays-by-the-day :: Day 11

“Shall I play for you, pa rum pum pum pum, on my drum.” A song that reminds me immediately of my years in parochial school choirs, and also of the holiday special, a favorite of my Grandmother’s, that we would watch together every Christmas season. I find myself thinking of my Grandparents so much this holiday year, and missing them greatly. I think living in such close proximity to where they lived, and having my children getting older, it makes me nostalgic, and full of wishing that they had gotten to know my children, and that my children had gotten … Continue reading Then he smiled at me :: Holidays-by-the-day :: Day 11

Althought its been said, many times, many ways :: Holiday-by-the-day :: Day 10

“The know that Santa’s on his way.” There is a special place in my heart reserved for Nat King Cole that has been there since I was a young girl. I would spend the better part of my Christmas vacation at my Grandparents’ house, and would help my Grandmother with the decorating, the cookie baking, the gift wrapping (often even wrapping my own gifts, unknowingly, as my Grandmother would disguise them in undescriptive boxes to wrap and only reveal they were mine when I went to fill in the to/from tags). During our holiday projects my Grandmother would play holiday … Continue reading Althought its been said, many times, many ways :: Holiday-by-the-day :: Day 10

To hear sleigh bells in the snow :: Holidays-by-the-day :: Day 9

“May your days be merry and bright, and may all your Christmases be white.” A few years back my oldest daughter and I watched White Christmas for the first time. I am not sure what exactly it was about the film, but it immediately became our favorite holiday movie, and one of those holiday traditions that we now share – watching White Christmas together. Perhaps it was the time in both of our lives when it came into our lives, timing being key sometimes, and us needing connection at a time when so much in our mutual life as a … Continue reading To hear sleigh bells in the snow :: Holidays-by-the-day :: Day 9

Cause it is my favorite holiday :: Holiday-by-the-day :: Day 7

“Then suddenly we laughed and laughed, caught on to what was happening, that Christmas magic’s brought this tale, to a very happy ending! Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! couldn’t miss this one this year! Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! couldn’t miss this one this year!” This is quite possibly my favorite holiday song, if nothing else it is the one that I have always looked forward to hearing, and have never grown tired of. It used to be a KROQ staple, and I can remember many a season blaring it as loud as my stock car stereo could handle it, rolling down … Continue reading Cause it is my favorite holiday :: Holiday-by-the-day :: Day 7

The very next day you gave it away :: Holidays-by-the-day :: Day 6

“Now I know what a fool I’ve been, but if you kissed me now I know you’d fool me again.” My very own “guilty pleasure” (though I do not feel guilty about it, no, not one bit) holiday song. You know you have on, too – what is it? My senior year, it was early December and my Mother and I took a trip to Hawaii. It was the one and only trip we ever took together, as in just the two of us. She still makes fun of me from that trip, how I was always dodging the sun, … Continue reading The very next day you gave it away :: Holidays-by-the-day :: Day 6

Then call it a day :: Holidays-by-the-day :: Day 4

“I was thinkingĀ I could clean up for Christmas, and then, baby, I’m through. Four more weeks that couldn’t make any difference, except maybe to you.” The holiday season has always been important to me, a time of year that I clung to hoping to somehow turn into something perfect and clean and beautiful and unrealistic, just once. It is naive and childish, and completely improbable for me to want that kind of thing, but I have, I did, and I still do. There were promises made during years past that I knew deep down would never be kept, but like … Continue reading Then call it a day :: Holidays-by-the-day :: Day 4