Posted Friday, December 23, 2005 9:45:36 AM by Chris Flick
So this Christmas, I seem to find myself in a very nostalgic mood. Last night, while getting some last minute gifts - okay... after desperatly searching for that ONE %$#&^% gift I still haven't been able to find - I came across a Christmas CD called "Oldies but goodies". One of the songs happened to be an old childhood favorite of mine that I very rarely ever hear on the radio any more. It was "Snoopy's Christmas" by The Royal Guardsmen.
My brother and I used to listen to that song on the radio all the time on Christmas
Eve as we were trying to keep ourselves desperately awake in order to see Santa.
And even though I didn't care for the rest of the songs on the album, this one
was worth getting so I plunked down my $5.00 and happily strolled out the store.
Along the way home though, listening to Snoopy fight the Red Baron during Christmas time got me to recall another long time tradition my family used to do on Christmas eve.
There was an old Christmas album my mother loved. There were a ton of songs
on it but there was one selection that always seemed to hold a special place
in my heart. It was a touching little story about a small Christmas tree that
realized he was dying but a visit by Santa on Christmas Eve makes him realize
what his purpose is.
It took me a while to find it since I didn't know what the title of the story was or who even narrated it. But thanks to lots of creative Google and Yahoo searches, I am happy to say I found it.
The story was an old radio play by Red Skelton. And, if you're interested, you can listen to the WAV format by clicking here. You should bare in mind though, that this is a very old recording so some things are dreadfully out of date.
But it's still a very touching story and takes you back to a gentler and perhaps a more simpler time too.
Now to get back home and start watching the 24 hour marathon of "A Christmas Story"!!!