My Favorite Things
Ahh, the Christmas season is upon us. Some radio stations are playing nothing but Christmas music. I never knew there were 800 versions of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. I have to admit one of my favorite carols is Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer. My favorite movie is It’s a Wonderful Life with Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed. I still watch a Charlie Brown Christmas, Frosty the Snowman, Twas The Night Before Christmas. I have a soft spot for A Christmas Carol starring Patrick Stewart, Miracle on 34th Street, hmm and How the Grinch Stole Christmas, cartoon. Sorry Jim Carrey, but Thurl Ravenscroft singing ‘You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch’ totally makes the show.
Still Christmas for me just isn’t Christmas until I hear one very special song. Hearing this song, no matter where I am or how far away from home I happen to be reminds me of my brothers and sister, my mom and dad. For me, Donny Hathaway’s ‘This Christmas’ sets the right tone and chases away the ache of missing my family. And wherever we are in our lives we play this song throughout the holidays and know the other is playing it too.