Day #30: Mele Kalikimaka

My home town had a movie theater, the El Lago, which showed films starring Doris Day and Rock Hudson, nature movies, and anything featuring Elvis Presley. We never missed a show. My friends and I would walk downtown to the theater, buy some popcorn, and revel in people and places outside our daily life. I first saw Blue Hawaii, starring Elvis, Joan Blackman, and Angela Lansbury, when I was eight years old. That last wedding scene is emblazoned in my mind. I immediately developed a fascination with Hawaii. I researched and wrote reports about it during my school years. I read everything I could find, both fiction and nonfiction. I watched every movie and TV show that featured Hawaiian scenery (“Book ’em, Danno.”) I haven’t made it to Hawaii yet. It’s on my bucket list. I’m grateful for the Christmas song, “Mele Kalikimaka,” sung by Bing Crosby and the Andrew Sisters. It transports me to sandy beaches in my Christmas imagination … someplace warm.

Day #28: The Wexford Carol

We begin listening to Christmas Music on December 15th (when we can help it—walking through a store doesn’t count). We have over 700 Christmas songs on our Logitech Squeezebox, which we’ve been collecting for decades. The more obscure the better. Do you know “The Wexford Carol”? This version, sung by Alison Krauss and accompanied by Yo-Yo Ma, will put you in a contemplative mood. So beautiful! Take a few minutes to listen.