Aural Advent: Day 2

A trip in the way back machine to Perry Como’s 1958 Christmas Special.

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
was written in 1951 by Meredith Willson 6 years before The Music Man opened on Broadway. Perry Como recorded the song for RCA that year and it became an instant hit. Johnny Mathis recorded it in 1986, introducing the song to a whole new generation. The same thing happened again when the song was featured the 1992 film Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. 16 years on, it has been (according to Wikipedia, at least) a top ten Christmas hit.

A quick peek at the words will tell you why it’s a holiday hit. It’s that winning combination of quaintly dated lyrics that play quite seriously with our heightened sense of nostalgia and a simple, easily singable tune.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Everywhere you go;
Take a look in the five and ten, glistening once again
With candy canes and silver lanes aglow.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas,
Toys in every store,
But the prettiest sight to see is the holly that will be
On your own front door.
A pair of hop-along boots and a pistol that shoots
Is the wish of Barney and Ben;
Dolls that will talk and will go for a walk
Is the hope of Janice and Jen;
And Mom and Dad can hardly wait for school to start again.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Everywhere you go;
There’s a tree in the Grand Hotel, one in the park as well,
The sturdy kind that doesn’t mind the snow.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas;
Soon the bells will start,
And the thing that will make them ring is the carol that you sing
Right within your heart.

Bonus Perry Como factoid with which you can dazzle your family at Christmas dinner: Pierino Ronald Como was the seventh son of a seventh son.

What are the chances!? No, seriously. 1 in 2 or 1 in 128 or 1 in 16,384 or ‘not enough information available’ Probability people: help a girl out.

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