The holidays always come with a musical connection in my brain. From driving around, looking at Christmas lights while singing the inappropriate version of We Three Kings, to opening presents while Bing Crosby crooned in the background. Our family was big on tradition I think. One of the things which carried on from then was a small box of Whitman's chocolates. My stocking always had one in it when I was little and, up until his death in 2001, my father made sure I got one every year. Since then, I have picked up where he left off. Each year I buy the little, yellow box for everyone in my family and think of him.
One holiday song that has also carried on in my mind as quintessential Christmas was also a favorite of my father's. Snoopy VS The Red Baron by The Royal Guardsmen is certainly considered a novelty song, but I think that the category can sometimes diminish the value for people. It's not just a happy Christmas tune, it's a song about war that prays for peace, if only for one day. I think we could all use a little of that in our lives.