Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Long ago, before information was at our fingertips within seconds of an Internet search, life was different, especially when it came to family entertainment. Before Netflix, before YouTube or any type of home TV recording devices, we simply had to wait all year for the annual broadcast of "Wizard of Oz" at Thanksgiving or "It's a Wonderful Life" and Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" in December. If you happened to miss your favorite holiday film, you missed it until it rolled around the following year.

The same was true for another holiday favorite, the annual National Public Radio broadcast of humorist John Henry Faulk's "Christmas Story." Listening to his recollection of a special childhood Christmas became as much a holiday tradition in our family as hanging up stockings or decorating the tree.

We lovingly dubbed his story “Sandy Claus and the Stripedy Candy” because of the narrator’s rich Texas drawl and it's for this reason I recommend you listen to the story rather than just read it. The dialect adds to its charm.

I can find this broadcast Online any time I want now, but wonder if it was the waiting for it each year that made it seem so very special. See what you think. Find a few quiet moments to share the story with your family.

Wishing you love, joy, and a very merry Christmas! 

1 comment:

  1. Merry Christmas Diane
    I've never heard this, so I'll have to look it up.