Friday Farm Favorites: Family Tradition

Hengerer Christmas 2009 DVD0002

Farmgirl with Santa–Circa 1975


The calendar just rolled over to December, and I can now officially start listening to Christmas music. Growing up, it wasn’t Christmastime at my house until a certain LP or 33 1/3 rpm vinyl record hit the turntable:  “The Elvis Presley Christmas Album.”  The lovely sounds of Elvis crooning festive tunes, both rock and gospel, was an integral part of my holiday experience, and thank goodness, I was able to find it on CD a number of years ago.  All I can say, is this music completely takes me back–way back.

I remember listening to these songs year after year at Christmastime:  wrapping presents with my mom when I was a little child, dancing around the kitchen while making cookies with elementary school friends, decorating the basement for a slumber party as a teenager, having a cup of hot chocolate after marching with the band (Drill/Dance Team) in an evening parade, opening presents on Christmas morning, driving home for winter break while in college, decorating the first Christmas tree in my own home, and now, sitting by a cozy fire with a glass of wine.

I absolutely love these songs and memories. And, I have to say, EVERY song on this album is either fun, beautiful, or moving. If you’re not familiar with the “Elvis Presley Christmas Album,” it’s on YouTube.  In my opinion, it’s a true treasure.  I can’t imagine the season without it.

Here’s wishing you a merry and bright holiday! 🙂



  1. We had an Elvis Christmas album too! I think it was more special because we only listened to it at Christmas time. We also had Bing Crosby, Johnny Mathis and a collection of county Christmas songs (I’m sure Glenn Cambell was featured on that one). Music sure brings on powerful memories!!!

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  2. Awe what wonderful Christmas memories. Got to love some hip shaking Elvis Christmas songs too!! My family always listened to the Bing Crosby Christmas album and we had a cassette tape of the top billboard Christmas hits from 1964 with rockin around the Christmas tree, blue Christmas, jingle bell rock, the chipmunks, etc. that was just the best. Loved this time of year 🎄

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