Friday, December 18, 2009

Favorite Christmas albums



I'm an old fogie when it comes to Christmas music (but not so bad that I listen to Bing Crosby records). Still, I'm old enough that I remember when I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus first played on the radio and when Gene Autry first sang Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

I remember saying my "piece" in front of the church on Christmas Eve and feeling so special because my mom had fixed my hair in Shirley Temple ringlets. And to top it off, every kid was handed a brown paper bag of goodies as we left the church afterward. Inside the bag was a bunch of peanuts-in-the-shell, an apple, some old-fashioned Christmas hard candies and best of all--chocolate covered vanilla creme drops! (Some stores still carry them this time of the year.)

I love a lot of the Christmas candies that are sold only at this time of year. I'm nuts for chocolate covered sponge candy, peanut brittle and nut brittle, those tiny little pillow mints, almond bark and divinity! Actually, divinity with nuts is the ultimate candy as far as I'm concerned. I think it reminds me of licking the beaters when my mom made 7-minute icing for birthday cakes when I was a kid.

So many happy memories are tied to foods, it's no wonder we overeat at Christmas!

5 comments:

Sparrow chic said...

But your daughter does love Bing Crosby ,Dean Martin,Burl Ives,Frank Sinatra and Perry Como, I own them all !!!

√ Abraham Lincoln said...

My family have a big collection of music among them and movies too. I never got into it much but enjoy the music.

Olde Dame Penniwig said...

I like a lot of the old albums, too!

I'm with you on loving the special foods of the season. I loved those tins of filled hard candies, do you recall those? Hard to find now...didn't see ANY this year...and I love sponge candy...too much...

Blissed-Out Grandma said...

I used to love divinity...my mom made it along with so many other candies and cookies. Now I'm hooked on Almond Roca (but so expensive) and peppermint bark. Need to make my own peppermint bark one of these years! We have a lot of the old standards in our Christmas music collection too.

Daughter Number Three said...

I have a lot of favorite Christmas albums from my youth, but two that are a little less common than others are the Kingston Trio's "Last Month of the Year" and one by Robert Goulet. Worth digging up if you get the chance.