When we were 7 years old
1949's Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents: Silly Putty, Candy Land, Kewpie dolls, Cootie*, Clue** Bouncing Putty, Wind-up Clacking "Talking Teeth"
I can remember looking through the Sears & Roebuck catalogue when I was a little guy. It was the last 35 or 40 pages of that book, that captured my attention for hours. Model trains, cars, planes, six guns, cowboy hats, scooters, bicycles (even skinny tire bikes) just about everything a kid could want. And . . . those pages were in color! (at lease in my mind they were) Hours and hours were spent picking toys and then changing my mind. I absolutely needed to make the right choice . . . select just the right thing quickly so I could get it on my list to Santa. There was a lot of pressure and sweat involved. Didn't want to ask for the wrong thing and have to wait a whole year to correct my mistake. PHEW!!! Being a kid is not easy!
Today the intense pressure I felt as a kid is gone. Can't say I'm really happy about that. . but as a grown up things have changed. Amy Grant does the best job expressing my new, Grown Up, Christmas Wish.
I would like to contribute to your "Turn Table" performance, which I do appreciate. The piece is entitled "The Eternal Source of Light" composed by Gerorg Frideric Handel around 1713. I placed a link below if you want to review Handel's resume as a Baroque period composer, but the piece itself is performed by two of my favorite musicians, Kathleen Battle, Soprano, and Wynton Marsalis, playing a trumpet pitched in the key of D. It is a beautiful piece of human creation, performed by the very best mankind has yet to discover. I hope that you will appreciate it's beauty as much as I do. Best regards, JL
Really nice selection Jerry. I sincerely thank you for your contribution this week.
Christmas 1949 - Gene Autry's recording hit No. 1 in the U.S. charts the week of Christmas 1949. The official date of its No. 1 status was for the week ending January 7, 1950, making it the first No. 1 song of the 1950s. thanks wiki
Presenting: Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeeer the original song. Its from the CD: Time-Life Treasury Christmas.