It’s that time of year again. You know what I mean. Ho-ho-ho and all that jazz.
Here in Sooner country, our local pop radio station, 104.7 on your dial, switches to all-Christmas-all-the-time the week of Thanksgiving. And I listen. Oh, yes, I do. I can’t wait to get in the car between November 20th and New Years’ Day. A bounty of Christmas is right there, waiting for me with the punch of a button, and maybe a slight adjustment of the volume dial.
See, I like it loud. Very loud. And it’s not like I don’t get plenty of Yule sounds at home. I’ve been collecting Christmas music since my younger son was born. As of today, I’ve got 28 Christmas albums, total, in two formats; CD and cassette. I’m loathe to ditch the cassettes, since I’m afraid I won’t find these treasures again. So the holidays are also the one time of year when my old-as-the-hills cassette player gets a workout. We are talking the classics, here, folks: Burl Ives’s Have a Holly Jolly Christmas, Willy Nelson’s Pretty Paper and Elvis’s Blue Christmas. How am I going to say goodbye to those?
Plus, every year, I feel it’s my holiday duty to add one more great CD to my collection. Like oh, say Diana Krall’s Christmas Songs. Amazing. And Bette Midler’s Cool Yule. Love it! I try to hold it to just one a year and I’ve already got James Taylor Christmas for this year…
So I’m driving in my car with the radio on full blast and here comes that Christmas Song that reduces me to a blubbering mass of holiday tears. The Christmas Shoes by Newsong. Heard that one? Don’t listen without a box of Kleenex. I warn you.
In case you’ve missed it, a little boy is buying the perfect shoes for his dying mama. He wants “her to be beautiful. If Mama meets Jesus tonight.” Oh, my, my. Can you spell s-o-b-b-i-n-g? Because I was. I do. Every time I hear that song. I drive with the tears just running down my face.
No, that little boy doesn’t have enough money to pay for those special shoes for his dying mama, and yes, the holiday-hardened singer ends up putting his money down so the kid can give his mama her Christmas Shoes…
Okay. I need that one. I really, really do….
How ‘bout you? A favorite Christmas song? An album you recommend?
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