It’s the most dreadful time of the year. The time when thermostats are set low, heatwaves are way too high, and everyone keeps talking about how much they yearn for the cooler autumn and winter months. While I’m no genie and do not possess the power to change the weather for everyone, I can provide a little bit of a cool thought.
Christmas in July!
Is it just a bunch of online sales? A day, or month, of hot savings from QVC? Do people even celebrate the 6-month marker of this holiday? To be fair, I’m just a naive Jewish Martian that celebrates Christmas for the family-friendly atmosphere. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy a good Christmas-y or Winter-y tune when the time comes. My golden rule is: no decorations or music until after the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. When you’ve seen jolly ole Saint Nick on his sleigh float along with Mrs. Claus, and maybe a few Muppet characters, that is when the festive fun should begin. How many times have you seen Valentine’s Day cards out when it wasn’t even Halloween yet? Hey, I’m making a point here!
When it comes to those wonderful jingle filled songs that leave you feeling jolly, I’ve found that, for me personally, the glory of it has faded over the years. You can endlessly hear Mariah Carey belt about All She Wants For Christmas, and just how many times can Grandma get run over by a reindeer? The answer: infinitely! I hope insurance covers antler accidents!
What happened to the good ole days of music that meant something? The rich sounds of Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, and the like. Their time was so long ago, but their music lives on to this day. And while you can still hear their soothing lulls of love and happiness, the same goes for the candy cane sounds of Christmas.
Here are some albums to check out. If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll be able to get some on sale. And if you or someone you know has a record player, the vinyls are out of this world!
The Nat King Cole Christmas Album – Amazon – $9.90 for the Audio CD
Ultimate Christmas by Frank Sinatra – Amazon – $7.99 for MP3, $11.49 for Audio CD, and $26.90 for Vinyl
The Dean Martin Christmas Album – Amazon – $6.98 for the Audio CD
Bing Crosby – Christmas Classics – Amazon – $7.99 for MP3, $13.98 for the Audio CD, and $19.98 for the Vinyl
The Andy Williams Christmas Album – Amazon – $8.99 for MP3, $7.10 for the Audio CD, and $10.00 for the Vinyl
These are just some of my personal favorites. Of course, you can’t go wrong with any holiday music, so much as you remember to fill that time of year with love, joy, and happiness.
I hope this list gives you some cool thoughts to hang in there for the remainder of the summer. Stay hydrated, stay in a cool place, and check on your elderly neighbors and pets, since some live without air conditioning.
Until next time,
Stay groovy, Nerds!