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43 Days Until Christmas!

When someone asks me about my favorite Christmas song, I have answered with a couple of categories. I have my favorite hymn/Christian/spiritual song. Then I have my favorite secular/non-Christian song. I also have different favorites in terms of nostalgia, weather, childhood…I just love so many for many different reasons.


I still remember a day when I was in late grade school or early junior high. All three of us kids were riding in the van with mom and dad. We had on a radio station playing Christmas music and with no cell phones, tablets, or TV’s in the car, we actually listened to the radio and talked to each other.


As we drove along, the DJ said they were getting ready to play the 12 Pains of Christmas by Bob Rivers. We had never heard of this song before. If you haven’t, do take time to listen to it (there is a link at the bottom of this post), but a quick synopsis of the song is that instead of the 12 days of presents the original song talks about, this one talks about the things people hate about Christmas: sending Christmas cards, in-laws coming over, five months of bills. It is quite a classic.


But the day two “pain” was our family favorite: rigging up the lights. As each day progresses, each person for each day gets more agitated, especially the guy rigging up the lights. It reminded us of our Dad so much we all started laughing uncontrollable. On day 8, he yells, “What we have no extension cords?!” On day 9 he yells, “Now why are they blinking?!” On day 10, he says, “One light goes out, they all go out!!” One day 11, he says, “Get a flash light, I blew a fuse!!” On day 12 he says (and while I think dad said most of these phrases, this last one was definitely him), “Fine, if you’re so smart, you rig up the lights!!”


Here is a link with the lyrics if you would either like to hear this song for the first time or relive those wonderful moments from when you first heard it. Thanks, Dad, for getting so frustrated with the lights!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKZfYTBDkso


For the record, I don’t think any one of us was smart enough to completely rig up the lights, but we managed. Make some great Christmas memories this year by rigging up some lights with the whole family involved. Merry Christmas! (For the record, Mom was so patient during the “light episodes” we had around the house. She kept her cool the whole time. We all have a lot to learn from her. Thanks mom!)




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