Christmas Tunes

The last thing I want to do is sound like an old fart. But some things cannot be helped.

Yesterday I was fiddling with my truck radio dial, looking for classic Christmas tunes, but I couldn’t find any. Only new stuff. Here it is December and the only festive music I found on the airwaves was Beyoncé having a vocal seizure.

I finally turned the radio off and drove in silence like a true geezer.

That’s how geezerhood starts, you know. First it’s complaining about current music. Next thing you know it’s early dinners and Ensure meal-replacement shakes.

All this got me wondering, what happened to the music of Christmas Past? Where did Frank and Dean go? Where is Bing hiding? Where are Nat, Ella, and Louis? Come back Johnny Mathis, we miss you.

Look, I get it. I fully understand that the music of yesteryear is outdated. The radio jockeys today are merely trying to give their youthful FM-listening audience what it wants. However, there is one thing I want to point out to these jockeys:

Youthful people do not listen to FM anymore.

Youthful people have smart devices with 3,500 gigs of storage and earbuds. They have iTunes, Spotify, and streaming service subscriptions coming out their earholes.

You know who still listens to old-fashioned FM radio? I’ll tell you. People who drive old model cars with manual transmissions and do not have Bluetooth stereos. And do you know what kinds of stiffs still drive these jalopies? That’s right. Old farts.

So here’s a concept: Why not play some music for us? Bring back the Christmas classics of yore, I beg of you, Mister DJ. More Sinatra; less Brittney.

Once upon a time, our radios played a Christmas lineup that never changed. It was the same top-forty Yuletide mix each year, the same tunes your great grandfather listened to while fighting the Mexican-American War. And it worked.

This music was a yearly tradition. It was the soundtrack of the all-American middle-class childhood.

During the holidays when the radio played in the old station wagon, an automobile whose only seatbelt was Mama’s right arm, it played the overture to our season:

“All I Want For Christmas is My Two Front Teeth,” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and “Frosty the Snowman,” and of course, Gayla Peevey’s masterstroke, “I Want a Hippopotamus For Christmas.”

And when Mama was weaving the Ford through a crowded shopping-mall parking lot, doing endless figure eights, trying to find the only available parking space in the tri-county, the Beach Boys would sing “Little Saint Nick” while you puked from car sickness.

When Mama whisked you into the Sears department store to try on Husky brand khakis for your school Christmas pageant, Gene Autry was singing over the store intercom about Rudolph’s self-esteem issues.

Whenever your old man was open-burning leaves in the ditch, Chuck Berry was on the transistor singing “Run, Run, Rudolph” while your sister played lead guitar on the yard rake.

And when your father and his cousin Leroy were hanging exterior lights, suspended from three-story ladders, mumbling non-Baptist expletives for the entire neighborhood to hear, “O Holy Night” by Pat Boone was playing.

In every truckstop café you heard “Adeste Fideles,” by Bing.

In every JCPenney they played “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by Judy Garland.

Your granny’s hifi always blared something by Elvis Presley or the Les Baxter Orchestra, as she painstakingly decorated gingerbread houses, complete with cigarette ashes on the shingles.

“Little Jack Frost Get Lost” by Peggy Lee was playing while your mother sewed angel costumes for your church’s live Nativity.

And when Johnny Albertson vomited onstage during the aforementioned Nativity because he had the stomach bug, the children’s choir was busy singing “Away In a Manger.”

And don’t forget the annual CBS special, “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” with music by the Vince Guaraldi Trio—perhaps the greatest soundtrack album ever recorded.

There wasn’t a child living in the Land of the Free who didn’t tune in and dance the Charleston in his or her living room during the “Linus and Lucy” dance break.

And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention “You’re a Mean One Mister Grinch,” performed by Boris Karloff.

As it happens, my cousin’s child recently informed me that she had never seen the 1966 “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” TV special.

“You’ve never seen it?” I asked.

“Never,” she said, shaking her head. “I don’t even know who the Grinch is.”

Jesus wept.

Also, I have never gone 365 days without hearing Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Orchestra play “Sleigh Ride,” while my aunt Eulah rattles her cocktail shaker along with the percussion section.

So I want to know what happened to the good stuff. The holiday music of Rosemary Clooney, Mel Torme, the Andrew Sisters, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Glen Miller, and Burl Ives, for cripes sake.

I could do this all day, but of course, I’m out of room. And anyway, it’s time to drink my Ensure.


  1. Cindy Butler - December 2, 2021 7:22 am

    Oh Sean, I don’t know which I’m doing more of, laughing or crying…you are so right about the old tunes AND that no young person worth their salt has, let alone listens to, an FM raidio in their car/SUV/van/truck. I purposely never have a newer car because the most ‘modern’ with music that I go, in transit, is using a CD. Anything else is too new-fangled. I’m almost 65, but my memories are much younger. Thank you for all you share…you tend to say that you aren’t a writer. Guess what kiddo? Hush, and get back to your typewriter.

    • Cathy Croucholiver - December 7, 2021 12:25 pm

      Well said!!!!

  2. E M Hector - December 2, 2021 7:25 am

    Oh Sean! Thank you for the walk down memory lane. Jack Frost is nipping at my nose. I think I’ll head out now and go roast some chestnuts….

  3. David S Doom - December 2, 2021 7:26 am

    I miss “The Christmas Song” by Nat King Cole, “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire”, and Perry Como singing “Ava Maria” to close his Christmas show. This means I am an “Old Fart”.

  4. Kevin - December 2, 2021 7:46 am

    Sean, you absolutely nailed it with this column. From old farts everywhere….THANK YOU

  5. Tawanah Fagan Bagwell - December 2, 2021 9:09 am

    You have to get SiriusXM! They have a station that plays Traditional Christmas music! I loved this column. I love the old music too.

    • John - December 2, 2021 1:34 pm

      Tawanah you beat me to it! Our SUV has now changed from the “60’s” SiriusXM station to the “Traditional Christmas” station. Thank you SiriusXM! You’ve saved the season. 🤣❤️

  6. Liz - December 2, 2021 9:10 am

    Boris narrated the story – the very talented Thurl Ravenscroft sang the song. Just a bit of “trivia” there and I gotta say I’m WITH YOU when it comes to old fart Christmas tunes on FM Radio. I love you and your positive and uplifting stories. Keep ‘em coming and Merry Christmas to you and yours! 🎄❤️🎄

    • Patrick - December 5, 2021 10:15 pm

      I was going to point out that very thing, I believed it was Boris Karloff singing it until a few years ago lol. Somewhere there exists a recording of me when I was @ 5 or so (which was a LONG time ago) reciting the Grinch from memory. I can still recall a lot of the narration 🙂

  7. Judith King - December 2, 2021 9:21 am

    The “Magic” station (98.9 in my area) still plays the old.favorites, mixed in with the new. All is not lost!

    • Gordon - December 2, 2021 9:41 pm

      Wonderfully stated, Sean. Give me Andy, Robert, Judy, Frank, Rosemary, Dean, Burl, Brenda and many other “classic” singers anyday! These new fangled so called Christmas songs are for the birds!

  8. Sophie Allen - December 2, 2021 9:25 am

    Thurl Ravencroft sang “You’re a Mean One, Mr Grinch.” Someone overlooked noting Thurl’s contribution in the credits. It never has been fixed.

  9. D Childs - December 2, 2021 9:54 am

    I must be anong the lucky. My local radio station WDUV plays a lot of the classics. They do throw Mariah Carey in there as well but Bing, Gene, and the Boston Pops are just as often if not more.

  10. Cynthia Harmon - December 2, 2021 10:15 am

    Here in Huntsville, Alabama I am blessed to have a station exactly as described. 96.9 plays “the old and the new” Christmas music from Thanksgiving to Christmas. Nothing but that. I don’t normally listen to that station, but I do for this time of year.

  11. Laura W - December 2, 2021 10:47 am

    I’m happy to tell you that a very small group of us were singing these old classics as we strolled around the town square of our little north GA town last Saturday on the first night of “Dahlonega Old Fashioned Christmas” and we will continue doing so every weekend through Christmas! I haven’t been Christmas caroling since I was a kid and had forgotten how much fun it was. We sang Frosty, Rudolph, I Want a Hippopotamus, Have a Holly Jolly, Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree, all the oldies, none of the new stuff. We even had the words to Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer but we didn’t sing that one…

  12. Dana Blackwood - December 2, 2021 11:14 am

    I know, right!?!

  13. Ann - December 2, 2021 11:39 am

    These should be blaring on every radio station…oh wait…that’s not an phone..whatever…every home should this beautiful music playing every day…it would soothe so much of our anxiety….fortunately I have cd’s, xm radio,tv with holiday songs …..and I love the peace they bring…so have yourself a Merry little Christmas 🎄❤️

  14. Joan+Moore - December 2, 2021 11:44 am

    I’ll be home for Christmas,
    If only in my dreams…

  15. Cathy Boswell - December 2, 2021 11:46 am

    I fully support this. And, Jesus wept?!!! I cackled 🤷🏽‍♀️

  16. Tim Botto - December 2, 2021 11:46 am

    Thurl Ravencrift was also the voice of Tony the Tiger

  17. Bonnie Specchio - December 2, 2021 11:59 am

    I am in total agreement with your sentiments! Luckily, here in central Illinois, we have Oldies 97.9 and they are playing all of the above-mentioned artists 24 hours a day. Thank the Lord!

  18. Brenda McLaine - December 2, 2021 12:10 pm

    Love it. A true story.

  19. tmitsss - December 2, 2021 12:32 pm

    Pandora was a blessing for my Mom, she could get the music she loved that was no longer on the radio

  20. Kim Kennedy - December 2, 2021 12:33 pm

    Agree, Sean! I’ve been trying to buy all those tunes on cds to match what i used to have on vinyl. My drink of choice instead of endure is Premier Chocolate. Cheers!

  21. Cheryl+Newsome - December 2, 2021 12:45 pm

    If you could pick up a couple of our (Birmingham AL) stations, you could be in Christmas bliss right now. They’ve been playing all the oldie Christmas favorites for weeks non-stop. Newer stuff too–but hey, I don’t want to miss out on Elton John’s Step into Christmas or John Lennon’s Happy Christmas, War is Over. Happy Holidays!

  22. Jimpa - December 2, 2021 12:46 pm

    Ain’t it the truth, Sean. Ain’t it the truth…

  23. Dee Cook - December 2, 2021 12:49 pm

    WPAX Thomasville,GA every day. They call it real music! Just wonderful.

  24. KAY JENKINS - December 2, 2021 1:00 pm

    I can tell you what happened to all the good stuff – it’s playing in my living room and in my kitchen and in my car and on my porch . . . Merry Christmas to you and Jamie!!

  25. Cindy - December 2, 2021 1:08 pm

    Right with you on this

  26. Kim Locke - December 2, 2021 1:12 pm

    This old fart is keeping the music alive and well in her home. Not only do we love it but our children grew up with it and our grandchildren are sharing the joy it brings. Yes, our kids do all the new stuff to get their music, but they also know all the words to the best Christmas music. The kids and grandkids insist on the traditions they know and love and the holiday season wouldn’t be complete without Linus telling the Christmas story, the Grinch sneaking around and Rudolph helping out the misfit toys. I bake cookies with my daughter, son and grandchildren. Everyone has their favorite and they are the recipes passed down from my mother. We have mangled ornaments that the kids made back in grade school and I treasure each one. I know a lot of us old farts are older than you but welcome to the club. The music is great. The food is absolutely wonderful and we know how to share the memories and traditions. There is plenty of room. Come enjoy a Merry Little Christmas with us.

  27. Lynette Wedig - December 2, 2021 1:13 pm

    XM radio has a traditional Christmas station. This old fart does not listen to Am or Fm!

  28. Suzanne Unger - December 2, 2021 1:14 pm

    From one “old fart” to another, Amen and Amen Thank you

  29. Jill - December 2, 2021 1:17 pm

    Thank you. I miss the old movies on Hallmark too. The ones they shove at us over and over again, are the same plots, stories, and so unreal. I too miss the old music, the old feelings, I remember my mom heading to Goldies drug store to get stocking stuffers at 11pm on Christmas eve. I miss the jolly “Merry Christmas” exchanged with people you didn’t even know, the Christmas story played out in front of every church. New generations and traditions are fine, but don’t erase the older ones. They still have value, meaning, and just might become new again should they be taught to the young. Merry Christmas Sean.

  30. Margaret Byrd - December 2, 2021 1:29 pm

    I had the same experience driving from north to south Alabama on Monday!!! I was driving my 2008 car with a cd , radio mix and wondering how my world had become THIS. I finally gave up and turned it off. We have lost SO MUCH!

  31. Michael P Holt - December 2, 2021 1:34 pm

    Sean, you’ve got to break down and get Sirrius XM. Solid Classic Christmas from the week before Thanksgiving til New Year’s day.

  32. Leigh Amiot - December 2, 2021 1:36 pm

    Sean, you’re not old enough yet to be an old fart, but I understand. Some of us are born old souls.

  33. Karen - December 2, 2021 1:37 pm

    I am right there with you, Sean. I also miss the beautiful decorations that towns and stores used to display. It was so magical.

  34. Paul McCutchen - December 2, 2021 1:43 pm

    The truth has never been told better. I bought an older truck (2004) from my cousin a couple of years ago. His daughter had it for a couple of years and decided she didn’t want it anymore. It has a fancy Alpine radio in the dash. I printed the directions on how to operate it but they look like some legal document to a nuclear power plant. As Dee Cook stated there was one in Thomasville so I found one locally also. Maybe that is what you need to do.

  35. Carol - December 2, 2021 1:45 pm

    I am a little bit older fart than you. I live in North East Alabama. There is a radio station in Huntsville that plays only Christmas music from Thanksgiving through New Years. It is Mix 96.9 FM. They play all the good oldies and some of the newer stuff. I have never been disappointed with what they play. I love your stories each day. Keep up the good work.

  36. Angela Lane - December 2, 2021 1:46 pm

    And all God’s people say…I appreciate all genres and eras of music, but I prefer traditional Christmas music.
    I will admit to having satellite radio (I abhor car salesmen yelling at me!) and waiting patiently all year for the Holly and Christmas Traditions stations to go live! Merry Christmas, Sean! May all your Christmases be…Mariah Carey-less!

  37. Gayle Dodds - December 2, 2021 1:49 pm

    Oh I loved this a wonderful walk down my childhood and adult pathway. I am so glad I grew up when I did and am proud to be an old fart. Merry Christmas

  38. Candy Clark - December 2, 2021 1:50 pm

    Amen!! Stirred so many memories! Now it’s time for a Christmas cocktail and listen to Baby It’s Cold Outside and figure out why I’m not offended by this song.

  39. Sally - December 2, 2021 1:51 pm

    I have watched The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. Sean you need to find it and show her. Loved the column…

  40. Toni - December 2, 2021 1:56 pm

    There’s a radio station here (Am) that plays ask the oldies Christmas and 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, etc. Throughout the year. Go online and you will find that music. Am 810, Fm101.1.
    I like your writing (almost all of the time) and I have read and enjoyed Stars of Alabama and your autobio.
    There’s no need to put down contemporary music, in order to rally for your preferences.
    Please don’t sow negative aspersions on the “other”.
    You can still stand up for what you like.
    Music speaks, or sings, to us all differently.
    Thank goodness.

  41. Arthur Duser - December 2, 2021 1:58 pm

    Try JONES COLLEGE RADIO out of Jacksonville on the internet. It’s my daily station. I’m 81

  42. belcherd6bellsouthnet - December 2, 2021 2:05 pm

    They are on 103.2 KWXM Ruston Louisiana! Awesome! I hear every song you mentioned. Merry Christmas!

  43. Shelton A. - December 2, 2021 2:15 pm

    Sean, you can still find all of that music on SiriusXM radio. Sorry for the news, but I thought you should know. Merry Christmas. I hear chocolate Ensure is not too bad.

  44. Robin Ungano - December 2, 2021 2:21 pm

    AMEN!!! I so agree with you!!! Merry Christmas everyone!

  45. Jim Keith - December 2, 2021 2:28 pm


  46. Cathy Moss - December 2, 2021 2:31 pm

    Spot on, Sean! Yesterday was decorate the home day for me. It was hard CNN work but so worth it. As I was wrapping it up, no pun intended, I found the basket of Christmas CDs. Started with Oh Holy Night by John Berry and if that can’t give you goose bumps you might not have a pulse. My husband and I both claim this as our favorite. I am a music person. My parents and grandparents were all music people. It’s in my blood and moves my soul. It is essential to my being. All different genres with the exception of wrap which I just can’t abide. I ended my party last night with a blues tune from the sixties that rocks my world. Please come home for Christmas by Charles Brown. He nails it. I hope you can find some good music today. I will pray for that bc you deserve it. Happy Thursday Sean

  47. Lauren Lopez - December 2, 2021 2:32 pm

    Thank you so much, Sean, for the smiles, the laughter, and the memories! You are such a blessing! And for the geezer cars, may I add a cracked windshield and no door handles!

  48. Donna from Iowa - December 2, 2021 2:43 pm

    thanksSean, for the memories!!

    1 Perhaps I should turn the radio on once in awhile-;now I only use iit for storm warnings!

  49. Mike Bone - December 2, 2021 2:45 pm

  50. Norma+Den🇿🇦 - December 2, 2021 3:01 pm

    Yes yes, how I miss the stores playing the old music of Christmas, hearing the songs and hymns echoing everywhere. By the way what’s happened to Merry Christmas. What’s with Happy Holidays? Huh! Call it like it is, if some others with no faith or other faiths don’t like it, sorry, you have your own celebrations. I know some Muslim folk here, they wish me Merry Christmas every year, also they acknowledge that Easter is our holiest time and wish me accordingly. In turn I greet them at Ramadan and took the trouble to learn how to say it correctly. All Gods children belong on the earth, love one another and be respectful of others. Bing Crosby, Perry Como, Dean Martin, Pat Boone, Elvis plus many others made Christmas in our lives. Keep the good music playing. In South Africa I have to use CD’s as no stations seem to acknowledge the joyous season of Christ’s birth.

  51. Kelly Coppage - December 2, 2021 3:02 pm

    I can’t believe you never mentioned Andy Williams! The greatest Christmas album ever!
    Ho Ho Ho

  52. tamrags - December 2, 2021 3:03 pm

    Amen, brother! Preach it!!
    The real tragedy is that schools are prohibited from teaching the Christmas standards in the schools. So my son who’s 33 doesn’t know the words to ANY of the hymns or Christmas songs even the fun ones. Such a loss!

  53. H. J. Patterson - December 2, 2021 3:05 pm

    A Charlie Brown Christmas is my favorite, primarily because Linus states “Sure Charlie Brown, I can tell you what Christmas is all about” and then proceeds to quote the Christmas story. If that doesn’t tug on you then you’re not of this world. And yes Vince Guaraldi wrote and performed a masterful sound tract.

    • Stacey Wallace - December 2, 2021 4:34 pm

      H. J., my husband and I look forward to Linus’s recitation of Luke 2 every year. Thanks for the great post.

  54. kenneth michael somerset - December 2, 2021 3:08 pm

    you have to do what i do, pull out the stack of Christmas cds, Only have around 30 of them so far.

  55. kenneth michael somerset - December 2, 2021 3:09 pm

    Agreed Cheryl + Newsome, can’t forget john Lennon or Bob Segar doing Little Drummer Boy

  56. Peyton+Lingle - December 2, 2021 3:10 pm

    Thankƒully, we have dozens of CDs featuring all the performers you mentioned and can play them with speakers in several rooms in our home. Plus we have SiriusXM Holiday Traditions (channel 71) and Holiday Pops (channel 76). Merry Christmas and a Happy New Beer!

  57. Peggy - December 2, 2021 3:14 pm

    For those who have Sirius Radio, the channel for this music and the songs mentioned, is Channel 71.

  58. Tim Peace - December 2, 2021 4:09 pm

    Thank goodness for Spotify…because all of these golden greats are there…and I don’t have the original vinyl. LOL!

    I’m a stickler for the older stuff too…

    You forgot the Lettermen…Edie Gormet & Steve Lawrence…Jim Nabors…but I get it…you can’t mention ’em all!

    Good stuff, you write….

    • JudyJ - December 7, 2021 3:24 am

      The Lettermen’s O Holy Night will give you goosebumps. They sing in unison at the beginning, until “Fall on your Knees” breaks out in their wonderful harmonies

  59. Steff - December 2, 2021 4:12 pm

    LOVE IT.

  60. LARRY BEASLEY - December 2, 2021 4:22 pm

    FM 104.5 Omaha, NE. You can also stream the music, if you are young enough to understand the technology

  61. Stacey Wallace - December 2, 2021 4:26 pm

    Thanks, Sean. This old fart listens to Bing, Nat, Perry, Dino, Earths, etc. on a flash drive made by her old fart husband, the retired computer teacher. We love traditional Christmas music, too, and don’t want today’s singers’ caterwauling. Merry Christmas!

  62. Patricia Gibson - December 2, 2021 4:32 pm

    I know just how you feel! I listen to old ones on siriusxm. Much more like Christmas!

  63. Linda Jessen - December 2, 2021 4:42 pm

    Love the non-Baptist expletives!

  64. Jim Moon - December 2, 2021 4:54 pm

    One of you best rants!
    Merry Christmas!

  65. Paul Galloway - December 2, 2021 5:12 pm

    Merry Christmas Baby by B. B. King

  66. Sandy Lasters - December 2, 2021 5:52 pm

    Find a Christian radio station. They will be playing traditional Christmas songs.

  67. Ross Bridge NA - December 2, 2021 6:25 pm

    I’m with you. We need those oldie/goldie Christmas songs now!

  68. Teka Pierce - December 2, 2021 6:30 pm

    Holly Jolly Christmas Sean. Merry Christmas no happy holly day for me. God bless.

  69. alisonbaird765 - December 2, 2021 7:16 pm

    As an elementary librarian, I feel duty bound to save civilization one child at a time! Read the book I Want A Hippopatomus for Christmas in class this week and then had kids listen to the song. You will be happy to know they were singing it up and down the halls all day long! Now I need to go drink an ensure before my next class gets here!

  70. Lisbeth Garecht - December 2, 2021 7:25 pm

    You have to get Pandora. We have it tuned in now in our office. Christmas classics!

  71. Barbara Springer - December 2, 2021 7:48 pm

    While I think you pretty much nailed this one, I have to say there are a few songs and singers of today that I don’t mind. Such as Michael Buble and Kelly Clarkson. I cringe to think what this younger generation will call elevator music when they reach their AARP years. Embarrassed to reveal that our D-i-L recently told us she had never heard Parsley Sage Rosemary and Thyme. 😲 Have yourself a merry little Christmas, Sean.

  72. Chasity Davis Ritter - December 2, 2021 8:12 pm

    So very true!!! The music at work makes me want to pull out my hair half the day. I love the classics by the classics. They have played “last Christmas” 10 times a day by everyone but Wham. And yes I know that’s sorta new but it’s really almost 40 years old if you do the math They won’t play baby it’s cold outside at all because it’s no longer PC. To be honest I’m shocked they play white Christmas. It’s that dang bad. I like old country Christmas music too. I’m still a radio person I don’t do all that fancy internet stuff either by I will admit in my kitchen I have an Alexa and I ask her to play the classics when I’m doing dishes or cooking supper and for that little bit of time this old fart is happy. Merry Christmas Sean

  73. Vince - December 2, 2021 8:27 pm

    If you are looking for the oldies but goodies on the radio it might be a hard row to hoe. Most stations are owned by a few big corporations. In addition to some of the avenues mentioned above, downloading MP3’s is how this, usually listening to AM, old fart gets the good tunes. Last I looked MP3 players have gone the way of the dodo.. but you don’t need cell service to use an older smart phone for earbuds or bluetooth to the jalopy. The Grinch and A Charlie Brown Christmas are required watching along with Its a Wonderful Life. They are usually on the idiot box distracting me while wrapping presents. We have a card with a picture of Linus with his blanket wrapped Arab style on his head just like in the show and his quote of Luke on the inside. It goes right next to a small Nativity scene we put up every year. A Blessed and Merry Christmas to all!

  74. Russell Moulton - December 2, 2021 9:46 pm

    Right there with you! Love the old. Hate the new. Where’s my pipe!

  75. Linda Moon - December 2, 2021 11:11 pm

    Sometimes farts (the actual ones) just can’t be helped. Sometimes the old ones (the human guys) can’t or don’t want to be helped either. And that’s all I’ll say about the two versions of that F-word. So back to Christmas music….my guy and I have collected a lot of Christmas CDs over the years that sound incredible on our large stereo with an awesome sound system. I’m listening to “Holiday Traditions” on Sirius XM right now. And a reminder here that my youthful kin hear often from me: there are no innately smart devices… only humans with actual brains are smart. Or sometimes not, and that can lead to a human’s use of inferior devices for listening.

  76. Mary Coley - December 3, 2021 1:11 am

    Loved every word and agree with you 100%.

  77. Steve Davis - December 3, 2021 1:15 am

    IHeart radio – look for Magic 96 . It’s out of Birmingham, AL and plays classic Xmas music from Thanksgiving through Christmas 24 hours a day!

  78. MAM - December 3, 2021 1:15 am

    I AM an old fart and I don’t drink Ensure yet! Putting it off until my 90s at least. And I KNOW you’re not there yet! And yes, I’m glad I have Sirius/XM for REAL Christmas music.

  79. Bruce - December 3, 2021 2:36 am

    I relate to all that but you left out my favorite Ed Ames🎅🏻

  80. A Adams - December 3, 2021 5:16 am

    Hey Sean. I love Christmas music too! 98.5. Panama City plays a great mix of old and new starting at Thanksgiving. Sirius XM has several Christmas stations to choose from, one being ‘Traditional Classics’. Happy listening! Oh and I thought for the longest time it was Boris Karloff singing the grinch sing, but it’s actually Thurl Ravenscroft. Go figure!
    Merry Christmas to you and Jamie.

  81. SHEILA N SMITH - December 7, 2021 3:19 am

    Excellent story. I totally agree.

  82. Jo Ann Morley - December 7, 2021 5:38 am

    If you go to You Tube and type in Christmas classics, they have a two-disc set that plays most of the songs by the recording artist you mention. My husband and I listened last night and shared a wonderful evening of memories of Christmas past. Hope this brightens your holiday spirit. You are sure invited to come to our home, sit down, prop your feet up, have a beer and sing -a-long. A very Merry Christmas to you, Jaime, and the Critters❤️🎄

  83. whitecountylibrary.clvlnd - December 10, 2021 6:22 pm

    Jesus wept…in his oat milk eggnog.

  84. Nancy Czechowicz - December 11, 2021 3:47 am

    You always hit it on the head! Thank you. I’m sipping on my Ensure…😉 God bless you and yours!🤗

  85. Karen Schafer - December 15, 2021 10:01 am

    In Connecticut we are lucky to have an oldies station on the radio and at Christmas, they play all the old Christmas songs including all the songs that you mentioned.


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