Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The Passage of Time and Best Laid Plans

It’s always sad when we get to the end. I don’t know why, but it seems like something is gone or over. As we look back on this year, may we all enjoy the positive moments and move forward into the next year with hope and renewed energy. May we all “face unafraid the plans that we laid”.

This song is another that is “newer”, if you can call 1934 newer. This song was penned by Richard B. Smith, and the music was written by Felix Bernard. It has AT LEAST 200 known recordings and probably a whole lot more that are not being counted because the singers were not so well known.

I know that ALL of us have sung it at some point or another, even if by default while grocery shopping. I was humming it the other day and apparently dancing with my shopping cart until someone said, “you look very happy.” You cannot NOT be happy when you hear this song.

This song didn’t have such a fun start. Back in the early 1900s, “they” called it consumption. It was really just a polite word for tuberculosis. If you have ever been in or around one of the old tuberculosis sanitariums, you know what I mean when I say that these have to be the spookiest and depressing places on the planet. My theatre group used to perform at one in the Peoria area. I don’t know why anyone thought THAT was a good idea.

Anyway, that was the setting for Mr. Smith when he was sitting and writing the words to this next song. He was writing about a lovely little park by the name of Central Park in his hometown of Honesdale, PA. He was being treated in the West Mountain Sanitarium for tuberculous. If you look at the photos of the now closed West Mountain Sanitarium, it has a creep factor of a bazillion on a 1 to 10 scale. Not to mention that it gets a thumbs up for the paranormal activity.

It was in this sad place that we learned about hope and plans. The song was originally recorded by Richard Himber with his Hotel Ritz-Carlton Orchestra on RCA Bluebird. He was already making a record and had a little extra space, so he plunked this tune down as part of the studio session. It included his amazing orchestra, which consisted of people like Artie Shaw. Here is the link to his version of this cheerful song.

It went on from there to be a favorite of Guy Lombardo and Johnny Mercer took it to #4 on the Billboard charts in 1946. While Christmas is NEVER mentioned, this song is considered a traditional holiday tune. It includes Parson Brown in one verse and then the snowman becomes a circus clown in another.

We all know this song from start to finish and you will be singing it before we are through with the countdown. Smile

Winter Wonderland

Sleigh bells ring
are you listening
in the lane
snow is glistening
A beautiful sight
we're happy tonight
walking in a winter wonderland

Gone away is the bluebird
here to stay is a new bird
He sings a love song
as we go along
walking in a winter wonderland

In the meadow we can build a snowman
Then pretend that he is Parson Brown
He'll say: Are you married?
we'll say: No man
But you can do the job
when you're in town

Later on
we'll conspire
as we dream by the fire
To face unafraid
the plans that we've made
walking in a winter wonderland

In the meadow we can build a snowman
and pretend that he's a circus clown
We'll have lots of fun with mister snowman
until the all the other kids knock him down

When it snows
ain't it thrilling
Though your nose gets a chilling
We'll frolic and play
the Eskimo way
walking in a winter wonderland

Walking in a winter wonderland
walking in a winter wonderland

Now, to really show my age and sentimental side, here is a rendition that I normally would have passed over were it not for the death of my favorite heart throb, David Cassidy. He had the most awesome hair! I will leave it at that.

Let’s skip on over to these great handmade artists and get those last minute gifts for everyone on our gift lists.

Hand Knit Holiday Tree All Cotton Picture Dishcloth or Washcloth


Snowman Charm Bracelet

Treasures of Jewels 

Christmas Jewelry Set

Pretty Gonzo 

Christmas Stripes and Dots Dog Scrunchie Neck Ruffle


Classic Beauty In Technicolor Vintage Car Photograph

Butterfly in the Attic 

Long Winter Crochet Scarf - Wine Red Clusters on Pine Green - 63 Inches


Fiddlehead Fern Giclee Print From Original Painting


Crocheted Scarf Cashmere Wine Ivory ArtYarn

 Magdalene Knits 

Yellow and Green Beaded Hoop Women's Earrings


Red Earrings for Women

Blonde Peach Jewelry 

Santa Christmas Key Chain, Holiday Key Ring

Blue Morning Expressions 

Merry Christmas Holiday Gift Tags with Red and Green Ribbon

Adore by Nat 

Dark Teal and Gold Hamsa, Swarovski Red Coral Pearl Dangle Earrings


Embroidered HO HO HO Texas Kitchen Dish Towel


Red or Green Glass Snowflake Christmas Ornament

Resetar Glass Art             

Sage Green Lampwork Beads Frosted Handmade Sea Glass Etched Round

Covergirl Beads 

Swarovski Crystal Santa Christmas Earrings

Shadow Dog Designs 

Tree of Life Earrings


Tibetan Silver Red Crystal Bracelet

The Singing Beader 

Round Faceted Green Glass and Gold Beaded Holiday Christmas Bracelet

Diane’s Dangles 

Don’t see what you are looking for? Maybe you will find it in some of the following showcases or ask one of our talented artists to design something special for you. It might not be too late to get something custom designed in time for Christmas delivery.

Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
Week 9
Week 10
Week 11
Week 12

Here are more shopping opportunities for you:

O Holy Night
The First Noel
Silver Bells
Jingle Bells
O’ Come all Ye Faithful
Angels from the Realms of Glory
While the Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
O Come O Come Emanuel
Angels We have Heard on High
It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas

Hurry because handmade sells out fast, and when they are gone, they are gone! Buy now.


  1. Thanks Julie, what a lovely collection you put together. Thank you for including my towel. I am pinning and tweeting. Yes, sad to see this go! Merry Christmas to all.

  2. Yes it is sad when this Countdown ends! I have loved reading your posts and participating in the event each week. Till next time! Sharing.

  3. Such wonderful gifts for our last countdown!! Thanks once again for including one of my items.

    Who couldn't have loved that hair and gorgeous face and smile. It is so sad how his last years ended up - a modern Mr. Smith!

    Merry Christmas to all!!!

  4. Thank you, Julie, for including my fiddlehead fern print. Shared all items on Twitter and Google +

    Merry Christmas!

  5. Thanks Julie for including my tree of life earrings. Shared all items on Pinterest. For the post, G+ & FB.

  6. The theme music from The Carol Burnett show keeps going through my head. lol But, we will have another time together sharing next year with the Christmas countdown. Thank you Julie and Blu! Your talent and time blogging and showing our goods is appreciated very much. Merry Christmas!

  7. Thank you Julie for including my bracelet, will share.

  8. It's always sad to see your Countdown come to an end. I also your musical history lesson. Thanks Julie and Blu for including my lampwork beads.

  9. Another fascinating post, Julie. Thank you for all your hard work in putting these fun posts together - both the history of a Christmas carol AND the handmade goodies you find. Many thanks for including my Santa earrings. Will share everywhere I can. Treats to the Handsome Blu from Snoozing Seamus.

  10. Julie you are the best!!! You have made the Season for me with these fun promotions. Happy Holidays to you and your family!!!

  11. Julie another fabulous year, so sad to see it end. Thank you for all the dedication you put into these Countdown to Christmas.
    I too love David Cassidy, having his pictures all over my wall when I was younger.
    Thanks for sharing this beautiful song. Off to share

    Merry Christmas everyone.

  12. Great post, Julie and beautiful Blu! Thanks so much for the work you've put into the many BMECountdown posts over the years. Always so interesting! And thanks too for promoting our handmade goodies. Will be sharing! Advent treats to the Beautiful One from the Sweet Wee One! xoxo

  13. Thank you so much everyone for all of your shares, it's been so fun to participate once again this year!! Happy Holidays to all. <3

  14. Thank you again Julie for hosting this Countdown. I hope everyone had many sales!! I've shared the post and all items. Merry Christmas to all!