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It Doesn’t Often Snow at Christmas

For the remainder of this week, I am writing a series on specific Christmas songs and the memories they invoke for me. It’s unapologetically the holiday I celebrate, though I enjoy reading and hearing about others in the spectrum. Throughout the week, please leave your favorite songs from the daily genre in the comments. At the end of the week, I will draw a name, and the winner will receive a CD or download of one of the genres mentioned to enjoy next year (and I will up the ante with some Cootchie Hooch.) The more you comment, the greater your chance to win.

When MTM and I decided to wed, it meant merging lots of things. Victorian antiques and modernist minimalist sticks. Architecture books and trashy novels. Clashing collections of music.

I fear MTM almost called off the whole wedding bells business over my adoration of Elton John. He cannot stand him. Me? Well, let’s just say I almost cried when I got to tour a shoe factory in Northamptonshire and saw several pairs of his brighly colored brogues on display. Fairy dust of Sir Elton‘s things fluttered around me in the circle of shoe life. I actually had a conversation with Simon, our guide, about having a pair of Sir Eltons crafted for me. When he named the price, I had to come down in time and realize the utter preposterousness of such a discussion in the first place.

Hard times call for desperate measures. A couple of years ago, MTM sought a Christmas collection that wasn’t like anything else I possessed, something that would scream ‘the one’ to him. A colorful cover danced into his sightlines, and he decided to let the bad blood between him and Sir Elton go once and forever. He bought me Elton John’s Christmas Party and brought it home with a look of utter sacrifice on his face.

The weight of the world lifted from my shoulders as I pressed Play. Except for the Flaming Lips, the whole collection was the antithesis of anything MTM would ever, EVER choose, while it sent me into a reverie of big hair and high school. Some of my favorite times from teenagerdom happened while Sir Elton or The Pet Shop Boys boogied in the background.

And, lo! The Pet Shop Boys were on the CD, too, returning me to the paradise of being young, my life uncharted before me. It Doesn’t Often Snow at Christmas became my surprise Christmas anthem, the song I never thought I’d like that I play year-round.

Do you have a surprise Christmas favorite?

Is there a song you can’t believe you sing every holiday, one that you connect with on some deeper level or place in your past? Share your selections today in a comment.

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  1. Yep, probably my favorite song of all time; I was a 12 year old and just started realllllly thinking about girls in ways other than playground tag and red rover.

    Venus by Frankie Avalon was the number one song for a very long time that year and it has always brought out good thoughts about that “special person”.

    Since we think more often about our special person during the Holidays, it has become a song I’ll sing or play just to feel good about life in general.

    And now,and for the last 27 years, my Venus has been the Lovely Miss TK and that makes me the luckiest guy ever.

    December 24, 2011
    • Venus is a great song, Lou. And The Lovely Miss TK is deserving. What a sweet story.

      December 24, 2011
  2. Ok, I finally found a Christmas song from my past/heritage that my mother used to play in German. This DOES bring back memories.

    December 24, 2011
  3. Back in the 80’s I sang in a Church Choir here in Charleston and we performed “Jesus Christ The Apple Tree” which I love! When I had my first date with Bill, it was the first song I sang to him. Why, I have no idea, he asked me to sing something and so I did and it was this. It is ethereal and the verses speak to my heart in a way almost no other carol does.

    Jesus Christ the Apple Tree
    The tree of life my soul hath seen
    Laden with fruit and always green
    The tree of life my soul hath seen
    Laden with fruit and always green
    The trees of nature fruitless be
    Compared with Christ the applle tree

    His beauty doth all things excel
    By faith I know but ne’er can tell
    His beauty doth all things excel
    By faith I know but ne’er can tell
    The glory which I now can see
    In Jesus Christ the apple tree.

    For happiness I long have sought
    And pleasure dearly I have bought
    For happiness I long have sought
    And pleasure dearly I have bought
    I missed of all but now I see
    ‘Tis found in Christ the apple tree.

    I’m weary with my former toil
    Here I will sit and rest a while
    I’m weary with my former toil
    Here I will sit and rest a while
    Under the shadow I will be
    Of Jesus Christ the apple tree.

    This fruit does make my soul to thrive
    It keeps my dying faith alive
    This fruit does make my soul to thrive
    It keeps my dying faith alive
    Which makes my soul in haste to be
    With Jesus Christ the apple tree.

    Thank you for allowing me to share this with you!

    December 24, 2011
    • I hope you will sing it sometime when I see you, Cheryl. Very moving.

      December 24, 2011
  4. Deck us all with Boston Charlie
    Walla Walla Wash and Kalamazoo
    Nora’s Freezing on the Trolley
    Swaller Dollar Cauliflower Aleegaroo.

    Don’t we know our gay apparell
    Lullabye, Lillaboy, Loiusville Louuuuu
    Trolley Molly Don’t love Harold
    Boola Boola Pensacoola Hullabaloo.
    — Walt Kelley Pogo

    My grandfather’s favorite.

    December 24, 2011
  5. Willie released this particular version of this song at a time in my life I was feeling very blue and it has stayed with me to this day. Orbison’s version is great but something about Willie’s voice just did it for me, then and now.

    December 24, 2011
  6. Slade, Merry Christmas, I think: I remember doing a tipsy twist twist (yes, I know, not the usual step for this number) on the dance floor to it and getting so low I lost my balance and toppled over. The entire club exploded in laughter so that, for once, you could hear them over the music. I got up and dusted myself off. A very young, just-introduced Phil was waiting on the sidelines with a hug :-D Happy, scatty days.

    December 24, 2011
    • Great story, Kate. Those first flushes of maybe-love always warm me right up.

      December 24, 2011
  7. I love this song by Jethro Tull. I have another one I love even more from a long long time ago, but I won’t pos it until I can find the correct into on it.

    December 24, 2011
    • :)

      December 24, 2011
    • Very cool! C~O~L~D even. :D

      I mentioned Jethro Tull in response to yesterday’s post ~ Ring Out Solstice Bells is something I listen to year round.

      Happy Holidays!

      December 24, 2011
  8. Jill Stevenson #

    This is always one of my favorites. Wouldn’t John be happy that our troops are out of Iraq?! Merry Christmas to you all – you’ve become my friends thru cyberspace! Jill

    December 24, 2011
    • Merry Christmas Jill! I hope you have snow in Asheville.

      December 24, 2011
  9. December 24, 2011
    • This one is popular among this eclectic group of readers. I am glad you contributed it today.

      December 24, 2011
  10. Oh, I was about to humiliate myself with some comment about Justin Timberlake’s blonde jheri curl in the NSYNC “This Christmas” video. So glad I didn’t. I’d hate to be the only girl at the party with awful taste in music!

    December 24, 2011
    • The Pet Shop boys are pretty awful. At least, according to MTM. :) I love them. And Justin Timberlake, sometimes.

      December 24, 2011
  11. Today was the Christmas gathering for my siblings and some of their children and grandchildren, so I didn’t spend much time reading and commenting this morning, ’cause I had a sweet tater casserole to put together. :) We had a lovely day and I got to spend time cuddling the newest addition — a sweet treat for a grandma whose great-grandbabies are out of reach. But I digress…

    Thinking today about songs that bring fond memories, I keep coming back to a couple that never fail to bring a smile and set me feet to wiggling. But as with Lou, they come to mind because of memories of Gene (getting married just 2 days prior to Christmas irrevocably tied our anniversary into our Christmas holiday) and our love of big band music and dancing. We always, always, ALWAYS danced when the band played this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bR3K5uB-wMA. :)

    December 24, 2011
    • Karen, you just put MTM and me In The Mood for Christmas. I wish I had some of your sweet tater casserole. I’m glad you had a lovely day. Enjoy your Christmas Day.

      December 24, 2011
  12. I hope everyone has enjoyed the Christmas music celebration as much as I have. :D

    December 27, 2011

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