Thursday, December 22, 2011

All I Want for Christmas…

Good morning my fellow Rotarians.  So, here’s a question for you… what do you want for Christmas?  Well, just this last week I heard a song that brought back memories of something I wanted very badly as a 5-year old in December of 1959.  Yes, I am old enough to remember that far back! 

I’m riding with my Aunt Ethel on a Tuesday morning.  I was a very unhappy kindergartner who had just left the dentist without my two front teeth.  My protesting and tears fell on deaf ears, powerless.  They had to be pulled to make room for my big-people teeth.  Guess what I wanted to Christmas?  I remember it like it was yesterday, when this song came over the radio.  It changed my world. 

Every body Pauses and stares at me, these two teeth are gone as you can see.  I don't know just who to blame for this catastrophe!  But my one wish on Christmas Eve is as plain as it can be!

All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth, my two front teeth, see my two front teeth!  Gee, if I could only have my two front teeth, then I could wish you "Merry Christh-mas."

It seems so long since I could say, "Thister Thusie sitting on a thistle!"  Gosh oh gee, how happy I'd be, if I could only whithhle (thhhh, thhhh).

All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth, my two front teeth, see my two front teeth.  Gee, if I could only have my two front teeth, then I could wish you "Merry Christh-mas!"

I was stunned.  My Aunt told me the song was written just for me – she was quick and I bought it!  From that moment on I proudly would show everyone the gapping hole in my teeth and then proceed to tell them about my song.  I apparently got a lot of mileage out of my missing teeth that Christmas. 

In 1944, Donald Gardner, a music teacher from Smithtown, NY wrote that song.  He asked his second grade class one day what they wanted for Christmas and noticed that almost all of his students had at least one front tooth missing as they answered in a lisp.  Gardner wrote the song in 30 minutes.  After singing it at a music teachers conference in 1948 the song went ‘viral’ nationally and became an annual hit each Christmas.

It first became a #1 hit for Spike Jones & His City Slickers in 1948 and was recorded by many people over five decades including…  Danny Kaye, The Andrews Sisters, The Platters, Nat King Cole, The Chipmunks, the Three Stooges and (yes, believe it or not) Led Zeppelin. 

It was a silly little song that changed my attitude at the age of five.  So… what do you want for Christmas?  Do you have a similar special childhood memory? 

As we wrap this year, we should count our many blessings and thank the good Lord for our family and friends.  And you know one thing I’d like today for Christmas is for everyone to remember the REAL reason why Christmas even exits.  It’s the birthday celebration of Jesus Christ, who was sent to this earth over 2000 years ago.  I want people to remember the true meaning of Christmas.

May you and yours have a very Merry Christmas a blessed New Year!  And this is the bottom of the news on this Friday December 23rd, our last report for 2011!

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Kids Say the Darnedest Things!

Good morning my fellow Rotarians…  Well with Christmas upon us I wanted share a few Christmas quotes from kids, who say the darnedest things…

As a little girl climbed onto Santa's lap, Santa asked the usual, "And what would you like for Christmas?"  The child stared at him open mouthed and horrified for a minute, then gasped: "Didn't you get my text?"

Two daughters had been given parts in a Christmas pageant at their Church.
At dinner that night, they got into an argument as to who had the most
important role.  Finally the 14 year old said to her 8 year old younger sister, "Well, you just ask Mom. She'll tell you it's much harder to be a virgin than it is to be an angel."

A 7-year old child was drawing a picture of the Nativity. The picture was
very good, including Mary, Joseph and, of course, baby Jesus.  However, there was a fat man standing in the corner of the stable that just did not seem to fit in. When the child was asked about it, she replied, "Oh, That's Round John Virgin."

A 3-year old asked why cookies and milk had to be left out for Santa?  Before the mom could answer, her 8-year old daughter spoke up and said…  “Because he's a man and can't get them for himself...” 

Kids, you gotta love ‘em.  But they are a great reminder for us to count our many blessings as we spend time with our families this Christmas season.  And that my friends is the bottom of the news on this Friday December 9th, 2011