December 16, 2006

...And Some Homemade Pumpkin Pie

Well kids, it’s a bittersweet day here in 77 Santas-land: my final posts of the season (PC will still keep you company for a few more days). It’s been a great season and I think that I speak for PC when I say that we would have never imagined the success we’ve had. Last year, PC and I worked in the admissions office reading undergraduate applications. I brought in a radio and we listened to the local all-day Christmas station. For some reason, I made a CD of Christmas music. Pretty soon, it turned into four CDs. This year, I started IDM, our sister blog, over the summer. It seemed only natural to start 77 Santas and make it a place to write about, share, and enjoy holiday music. We’ve posted some great songs this year and I’d like to close with a massive post that will make Santa proud.

Here are 20 tracks we’ve yet to post. This is just a warm-up for my list of my favorite Christmas songs in 2006.

Jingle Bells – Earl Scruggs

O Come All Ye Faithful – Nat King Cole

Donde Esta Santa Claus – Augie Rios

It Came Upon A Midnight Clear – Burl Ives

I Believe In Father Christmas – Greg Lake

I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – Theresa Brewer

Home for the Holidays – Perry Como

The First Noel – Elvis Presley

Silent Night – Elvis Presley

Please Come Home for Christmas – Charles Brown

I’ll Be Home for Christmas – Frank Sinatra

We Need a Little Christmas – The Ray Coniff Singers

Christ Was Born on Christmas Morn – Cotton Top Mountain Sanctified Singers

Frosty the Snowman – The Ronettes

I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – The Ronettes

Gift X-change – Calexico

The Christmas Song – Aimee Mann

Auld Lang Syne – Frank C. Stanley

And now for 10 reposts. I already posted my top ten discovered songs this year. These are just some more favorites that didn’t make that list or my all-time top ten list. Of course, we must start with “77 Santas,” the song for which our blog is named.

77 Santas – Gayla Peevey

Hardrock, Coco, and Joe – The Three Little Dwarves

In the Bleak Midwinter – John Fahey

It Doesn’t Have to Be That Way – Jim Croce

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Sarah McLachlan

Just Like Christmas – Low

The Man With All the Toys – The Beach Boys

Papa Noel – Brenda Lee

Hard Candy Christmas – Dolly Parton

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – John Fahey


Lorilei said...

Hi, JV.
I just found your blog. It is great!
I have been hunting information for years about the song "Seventy-Seven Santas." In the early 1960s, my third grade teacher had my class sing this song for the Christmas pageant at school. I've been trying to find the lyrics and/or a recording, but in vain. Can you tell me anything that will help?


Unknown said...

Hi JV,

I was trying to find some old Gayla Peevey songs and was delighted to find that you have the Seventy-Seven Santas song. Unfortunately the link above has expired. Is there any way that you could repost that song?

Thanks so much,