This is another edition of Friday Dance Party on Acorns On Glen. It’s the time where we give thanks for making it through another week and for being alive and present here on Earth. How do we celebrate another week of living? We dance. So, are you alive this Friday? Are you and your family safe and sound? Take a few seconds now to be in the moment and realize what a great life you truly have. Did you give thanks for that?
Good, now let’s dance.
It’s our last Friday before Christmas. I hope everyone has purchased all their gifts and have wrapped the majority of them. Unlike me, that has not even sent one box to my family back home in Iowa, does not have all their presents purchased and not one single package wrapped. I may be in trouble, but as a woman at work told me there is always money. It always fits and is always the right color. I think this week it is only right to dance to another Christmas carol. Last week, we listened to one of my favorite Christmas songs sung by Judy Garland in “Meet Me In St. Louis”. Here is another favorite but we will need to travel from 1944 (the year last week’s song was released to the masses) to 1984 (when this week’s song was released to the public). Yes, 1984! I can’t believe that it was over 25 years ago that I watched the Christmas special “A Christmas To Remember” with Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers. O.K., their names may make you snicker a little, but back in 1984 these two were hot, hot, hot. They were just coming off the success of their smash hit “Islands In The Stream” and so naturally when you have a big hit you immediately turn around and do a Christmas special with some new Christmas songs to introduce. Are you thinking Justin Bieber right now? The same trick is being used over 25 years later.
I don’t know what it was then, but my friends and I that watched this special loved this song. We bought the album (yes, it was an album) and have listened pretty much every year to this song (from album, to cassette tape and now to CD). We have actually used it to tease several of my divorced friends. What better way to tease someone divorced than to play “Christmas Without You” over and over and over. Call us cruel, but this “inside joke” has helped keep the song alive for us over all these years.
This week, I’ll admit finding that one perfect Christmas song for us to dance to was tough. I have a lot of favorites. Let me share with you some of my runner-ups. If Dolly and Kenny aren’t your style, here are a couple of alternatives:
I love me some Amy Grant!
A Nat King Cole classic.
I still have the original album in my collection. It’s the same album cover as in this little goodie.
I hope you liked this little Friday Dance Party with a twist. Pick your favorite from the music above and just dance. It’s the holidays and we’re still alive and kicking. Here’s to us!! I wish all of you a happy holiday season and let’s pray for peace on Earth. What are your favorite Christmas carols or other holiday music?