This is my favorite version of the song, because it swings. It’s from the Perry Como album I played a gazillion times when I was a kid.
- Here’s my Saturday Evening Post Christmas column, with recipes for chestnuts, pumpkin pie, figgy pudding, and other foods heard in Christmas songs.
- Also at the Post, Christmas memories from Norman Rockwell’s granddaughter.
- Now you can ask Alexa where Santa is on his travels tonight.
- Still haven’t bought all of your gifts? Here are some good last minute (and inexpensive) gift ideas from The New York Times, The Vermont Country Store, and Popular Science.
- Don’t feel like cooking? Here are some of the restaurants open on Christmas Day.
- You can read Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol for free at Project Gutenberg.
- ICYMI, the Christmas TV Schedule page has all of the holiday movies, shows, and specials you’ll see on TV, including Christmas in Connecticut, which has become one of my favorites.
This whole soundtrack is fantastic.
If you’re just joining us, I’m posting some of my Christmas songs. Here’s Dean Martin.
I first heard this song on a commercial several years ago (Macy’s? The Gap? Target?) and it instantly became one of my favorites. It’s by Kay Starr, who passed away last November.
There are many versions of this song. This one by Dean Martin is one of my favorites.
The other day I posted the very joyous, uplifting “It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year” by Andy Williams, so I thought I’d post something very different today. It’s a beautiful tune written by Carol Hall for the play The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Dolly Parton does a great version. This is sung by Leigh Nash.
For the rest of the month I’m going to post some of my favorite Christmas songs. First up: Andy Williams.
- This site is keeping track of all of the Christmas movies, specials, and TV episodes that air this month.
- When Americans had money for Christmas but nothing to spend it on.
- Mike Sacks’ novel Stinker is now an audiobook, featuring Jon Hamm, Andy Richter, Philip Baker Hall, and Paul F. Tompkins.
- If you haven’t listened to it yet, writer Ken Levine has a great podcast titled Hollywood & Levine.
- I wrote something about Tommy Keene, who passed away last week.
- I’ve never really been sure what sugarplums are, but Mid-Century Menu has a recipe for a Tunnel of Sugarplum Cake.