Who’s in Your Wreath?

I bought this album years ago. I’m pretty sure it was one of those golden thrift store finds, but I’ve always had one question.

How did Dolly, Kenny, and that reindeer fit in the same dern wreath?onceuponxmas_rogersdolly598

I guess that’s beside the point, but it is completely valid. This year I decided to bust out this vinyl and finally give it a good listen. I’m going to be honest, I love Dolly, but I have never been a fan of Kenny. So I went into this album knowing Dolly was going to save this album and in many ways she did, but I was pleasantenly surprised at how much I enjoyed Kenny’s solos.

The album opens with the Parton penned “I Believe in Santa Claus.” This is one of my favorite Christmas songs now. She speaks of how the belief in Santa can translate to hope in everyday life. Santa is for the grownups too. Her voice also glistens perfectly over Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas.”

Rogers gave great renditions of “The Christmas Song” and “Silent Night,” but the real gems on this album is their duets. Another song written by Parton is the final song “Once Upon a Christmas.” The song tells the story of Jesus brilliantly over Roger’s story telling voice and Parton’s passionate vocals. Then they add in a choir and I’m gone. Beautiful.

0This record reminded me of why I like country music so much. In country music, or at least what used to be country music, it’s ok to say Jesus Christ. The songs are sung because they’re traditional and they don’t beat around the spiritual bush. They are not demanding you believe, they are just nice country folk who want you to experience what they do; hope and salvation through the birth of the world’s Savior, Jesus Christ.

So here I am not really excited for this Christmas, but Kenny and Dolly reminded me the reason for the season…..

and that there are awfully large wreaths out there.

Will You Be Having a Blue or White Christmas?

I love Christmas music. I love Christmas music so much that I don’t want to listen to it, because it has a yearly expiration date. This year I have decided to embrace it and finally give the vinyl records I have collected a spin.

There’s not a better way to start it off then with the King.elvisxmasalbum566

The other day I busted out one of Elvis’ Christmas albums. It is cleverly titled Elvis’ Christmas Album.¬†The album begins with “Blue Christmas.” I had never listened to all the words of this song. I personally just thought it was talking of Kentucky since everything is blue there. I was wrong and I soon realized it was a love song.

Elvis follows with many Christmas favorites. He sings some of my favorite Christian Christmas songs including “Silent Night” and “Oh Little Town of Bethlehem.” He does a rockabilly rendition of “Santa Claus is Back in Town” and an excellent version of “White Christmas” ony Mr. Presley could do. He ends the album with a song entitled “Mama Liked The Roses.” Not positive how it ties to Christmas, but it is a Presley gem.

elvis_christmas_tree-x600What I find really interesting about this album is the fact that it touched almost every genre Elvis did during his vast career. There was rock and roll, gospel, and a little hint of country all with that drawl America can’t resist.

I just found my self perplexed at what kind of Christmas I was going to have. In Oklahoma it doesn’t snow much, so I don’t think I’ll be having a white Christmas. Although I am not anticipating the best Christmas ever, I don’t think it will be blue either. I guess only time will tell, but there is one thing I do know…

Christmas is just better with a lip quiver.