12 Days of [Christmas songs before] Christmas

The 12 Days of [Christmas songs before] Christmas is a semester break special borrowing from the traditional 12 Days of Christmas (that occur after December 25th). The point is to get you into the spirit of the season by recommending one song per day leading up to Christmas. Members of Camp Realist couldn’t decide whether to go iconic, popular, memorable, or classic. So we narrowed the list down to a bit of each.
Comments are always welcomed.  If you have a better version of the song, let me know. Do enjoy and sing along if you’d like! Or if any special memory is associated with the song, feel free to leave a reply.

10 Days before Christmas:

C’mon! Ya didn’t think these 12 days would be complete without a visit from Rudolph, did ya? And not just any version. It has to be the Gene Autry version. A couple of you local history peeps out there might be interested in knowing, or perhaps y’all ready know, this song started out as a story from the Montgomery Ward department store. Then it was adapted into a song and recorded by America’s favorite singing cowboy. Here’s a good version of the song sans video. The rest is history for the versions of Rudolph songs that would follow and for Gene Autry’s marketing ideas.

Speaking of marketing ideas, is it me, or does that Sunday paper have more ads than news? (I know it’s only Saturday, but y’all can go out and buy tomorrow’s news today. It’s a shame Montgomery Ward ain’t round no more. Their reindeer legend sure lives on.)

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