It’s that time of year when music is likely to bring with it a flood of memories. Whether it’s Silver Bells or Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer you can probably remember another place or time when you heard these songs. For me, getting out Christmas records would bring back favorite songs from the Peppermint Kandy Kids including Morris the Moose, Roly Poly the Polar Bear, and Chris the Christmas Tree. (If you are wondering what a record is, it is the vintage edition of what is now called Vinyl.)
Christmas Caroling was an important part of my family’s traditions. My parents, siblings, cousins, aunts and uncles would bundle up and drive around the neighborhood to stand in the snow and sing. Most of the songs we knew by heart and if someone stumbled over a few words the others would just keep on going. Warming up with hot chocolate and cookies afterwards was also an important part of the tradition.
Now we have radio stations that start playing Christmas music in the middle of November and the ability for select a station that will play it all year round. You can buy digital songs and not whole albums if you wish. This morning I spent some time listening to the Peppermint Kandy Kids on YouTube. It was a walk down memory lane with Morris, Roly Poly, Chris, and Peter and Penelope Penguin. One of the best ways to discover old and new favorites is by checking out your library’s music collection. (Available digitally too on Hoopla.)