Vinyl Christmas

I love December music.

I love Advent hymns, beautiful carols, holiday jazz standards.  I love it.  I'm picky, don't get me wrong.  But I love, love, love it.  I have enough music labeled "Holiday" in my iTunes to play for 6.1 days.  

That dusty black thing on top of the piano is our latest "retro" cd player-tuner-turntable combo.  We've been through a few of them.  Turntables are delicate contraptions, and we're no audio experts - we just want to be able to play our records.  Most of what we've owned have either been cheap new or cheap vintage.  You get what you pay for.

But as long as it does this:

I am happy.

This is the first Christmas record I ever owned.  I was two.  I'm sure many of my readers are familiar with it. You may even know the whole darn thing by heart, too.

This is what I decorated the tree to for many, many years to come.  I can still feel the scratchy brown carpet under my elbows, as I lay stretched out, reading all the details inside the jacket.

It just isn't the same on CD.  (Yes, I have it on CD, too.)

I still have all the vinyl Christmas records from childhood: some classical, Harry Simone Chorale, the first Amy Grant Christmas record (my dad's).  We've added a few to our collection:  Nat King Cole, Mahalia Jackson, Kingston Trio.  My mom convinced me to grab the Gene Autry album that contained "I Wish My Mom Would Marry Santa Claus."  (Adorable.)  Little Sis loves her "Nutcracker Suite" on vinyl.

The holiday season just isn't the same for me without John Denver, though.  Rocky Mountain Christmas is my other all-time favorite.

I made some obnoxiously huge Spotisfy Christmas playlists.  Look for the "What We're Listening To" section on the right hand column to check any of those out.  I suggest hitting "shuffle."

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  1. Aaaah, so cool. I love old records - you have a great collection!

  2. Thanks, Leanne. I thought I had more, but I think it all runs together in my head. :o)

  3. you have RECORDS!!! oh that is so cool. I wish I still had my story records from when I was little, I loved them sooooo much!

    1. I still have a lot of mine! There are crayon markings on many of the jackets, and unfortunately, on some of the records as well. And some of the jackets have fallen apart. When I was really little, I was scared to death of the picture of the Tar Baby in my Song of the South story record. The book fell apart and that page went missing for years, until I found it while cleaning out records during a move.

  4. Danzel! You are so cool! Yes, my childhood was filled with records & 8 Tracks. (decorating the tree was always done to a particular Christmas 8 Track when I was a kid... thanks for reminding me!) My parents didn't get a cd player until I was an early teen. AND that Muppet Christmas record was one I remember very clearly from much time spent at a close friends house. We listened to it all year round! LOVE. (so sorry for me recent absence... things have been a little rough around here)

    1. I hope things are getting better. You have been most missed!

      I took the few Christmas CDs my dad ever bought, too, because I was the only one who ever played them! I still wish I would have grabbed more of the decor we grew up with, because I was the only one who cared about the tree and decorating. By the time I was in college, I was the one putting out everything. (My dad's huge old house was so close to school, it just didn't make sense to move out.) But the records are still my favorites.


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