Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Oh, Those Victorians sure were Funny

It was Christmas Eve.

I begin this way because it is the proper, orthodox, respectable way to begin, and I have been brought up in a proper, orthodox, respectable way, and taught to always do the proper, orthodox, respectable thing; and the habit clings to me.

Of course, as a mere matter of information it is quite unnecessary to mention the date at all. The experienced reader knows it was Christmas Eve, without my telling him. It always is Christmas Eve, in a ghost story,

Christmas Eve is the ghosts' great gala night. On Christmas Eve they hold their annual fete. On Christmas Eve everybody in Ghostland who IS anybody—or rather, speaking of ghosts, one should say, I suppose, every nobody who IS any nobody—comes out to show himself or herself, to see and to be seen, to promenade about and display their winding-sheets and grave-clothes to each other, to criticise one another's style, and sneer at one another's complexion. 

Finish reading the above book about ghost stories on Christmas Eve here. It is also available in Kindle format, and I have to go back and read the whole thing now that I am hooked. It is part of the Guttenberg project to make old manuscripts available to new readers. 

However, this is the very rabbit hole that I fell down while doing my research on our next song, and soon, you will see why.

This 1963 creation was the result of a collaboration between Edward Pola and George Wyle. This is the only song written by either one of these folks that has made a mark in history; although, Mr. Wyle, along with Sherwood Schwartz, did write the theme song to Gilligan’s Island. We all know THAT song, and we all know THIS song.

Since it was written for him, it was only right that Andy Williams took it to the charts on his very first Christmas album, The Andy Williams Christmas Album. I bet all of us have this album, heard this album or  our parents had the album. This song was never released as a promotional single, as Columbia Records decided to promote Andy’s version of White Christmas from the same album for the Christmas season.

This celebratory song is comprised of all of the activities associated with the Christmas season, and puts the focus on family gatherings and meals together. People got together on Christmas Eve and told “scary ghost stories and tales of the glories of long, long ago.” See where the rabbit hole opened up?

The closest to scary ghost stories we have today is the telling of A Christmas Carol.

Originally, the song was for The Andy Williams Show, and he sang it every year, and from there, it expanded to other artists and became a lovely standard that we enjoy every Christmas season. It was never a chart topper, but it has been included in the list of the top holiday songs over generations. It has a lot of fans, and we all know the words.

Covered by the likes of Garth Brooks, Amy Grant, Patti LaBelle and by Gonzo and Rizzo the Rat for The Muppets: A Green and Red Christmas, the original Andy Williams remains my favorite, and I hope that it is yours, too. Note the Moon River intro.

Sing along!

It's the most wonderful time of the year
With the kids jingle belling
And everyone telling you be of good cheer
It's the most wonderful time of the year

It's the hap-happiest season of all
With those holiday greetings and gay happy meetings
When friends come to call
It's the hap-happiest season of all

There'll be parties for hosting
Marshmallows for toasting
And caroling out in the snow
There'll be scary ghost stories
And tales of the glories of
Christmases long, long ago

It's the most wonderful time of the year
There'll be much mistltoeing
And hearts will be glowing
When love ones are near
It's the most wonderful time of the year

There'll be parties for hosting
Marshmallows for toasting
And caroling out in the snow
There'll be scary ghost stories
And tales of the glories of
Christmases long, long ago

It's the most wonderful time of the year
There'll be much mistltoeing
And hearts will be glowing
When love ones are near
It's the most wonderful time
Yes the most wonderful time
Oh the most wonderful time
Of the year

On those notes, let’s load up our gift bags and start to finish up our shopping.

Hand Knit Brioche Scarf Navy and Autumn

Crafting Memories 1

The Garden Wall

Colleen Cornelius 

Mens Yin Yang Bracelet,

Pretty Gonzo 

Gemstone Drop Earrings


Wedding Photo Album


Sunflower Boho Dangle Earrings with Orange and Brown Beads and Jasper Gemstones 2-inches Long

Blue Morning Expressions 

Brown Earrings

Blonde Peach Jewelry 

Rustic Kitchen Basket and Mat

RSS Designs in Fiber 

Carved Bone Leaf and Dzi Etched Brown Eye Agate Antique Brass Necklace

Kats All That 

Starburst Jasper and Pearls Necklace

Shadow Dog Designs 

Knitted Cowl NeckWarmer in Chocolate Brown with Topaz Sequins

 Magdalene Knits 

Brown Beaded Choker Necklace 15.5 Inch Rustic Copper Brass Ant. Silver

The Singing Beader 

Handmade Lampwork Bead Shiny Opaque Dark Red Brown Reddish Glossy 452g

Covergirl Beads 

Golden Brown and Red Tiger Faceted Gemstone Beaded Necklace 21 inch

Dianes 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.
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And even more!
War is Over
When Kittens Sing
You Better Watch Out!
Maybe He was Drunk
She was only 13
Sad and Lonely this Holiday Season
It Might Only be a Dream
Dance Through the Streets
Born in a Heat Wave
For a Good Cause

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  1. Interesting idea, to tell ghost stories at Christmas (other than Dickens' tale). As always, another fascinating read with another cheerful Christmas song. Love all the earthy beauties shared here. Many thanks for sharing my starburst jasper necklace. Will share the post and the items all over later today. Treats to Mr. Harry Dog from Mr. Snoozing' Moose. Thanks, again, Julie!

  2. Yummy brown colored gifts! Thank you so much, Julie. This is such a cheery Christmas song! A good one to listen to while shopping online for handmade gifts. :) Shared!

  3. Thank you, Julie and Harry. Gorgeous browns, and thank you for including my scarf. Shared.

  4. When I was a kid, I loved Andy Williams. lol. Thanks for a very interesting blog (as usual) and a great collection of handmade gift ideas! Merci for including my taichi/yoga bracelet.

    Will be sharing the blog in the usual places and pinning all the items. Some tweeting too!

    Treats to cutie Harry from Mr. Gonze! xo

  5. Aren't people just the strangest creatures! Ghost stories at Christmas time? Thanks Julie for another informative read. Promoting.

  6. Interesting blog! Thanks for including my lampwork bead.