What is Christmas without some classic tunes? For me my fondest memories of the festive season revolve around the sounds of an old cassette tape (remember those kids?) my mother picked up for a few cents at Bentleigh market one Sunday morning. At the time I remember rolling my nine year old eyes at her because Christmas music was so lame, especially the old school stuff. Why couldn’t she invest in something cooler like Mariah Carey? Little did I know that the melodies of Frankie Vaughan, The Kaye Sisters and Rosemary Squires would soon become a much loved favorite for many years to come.
For me it’s just not Christmas without this tape playing in the background on
my my parents old Sony stereo. There’s something about those old world tones and words about merry nothings and cheer that never fail to bring a smile to my dial, despite the horrendous sound quality of a nineties cassette tape. I guess it takes you back to a simpler time where people were amiable and not reliant on technology for entertainment and connectivity. Where families and friends gathered for lavish dinner parties and brandy by the fireplace and sung by the grand baby piano. Though this may be far from the truth, that is how I envision such a time to be regardless. People revelling in each others company with nothing but kindness and merriment to be had. If only todays world mirrored that slightly. Do you guys have a favorite Christmas song this time of year or find you have certain traditions that make it truly festive?