I remember when Irving Berlin’s song, “White Christmas” was first recorded by Bing Crosby. It was such a beautiful song, sung by the illustrious crooner, Bing Crosby, and evoked a feeling of nostalgia in everyone who listened to it.
One Christmas, Bing had just finished crooning “White Christmas” and we were in the midst of a heavy snowstorm. The song, “Let it Snow,” by the songwriting team of Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne was playing on the radio with Vaughn Monroe singing the lyrics.
It was so cold that day, and I knew that I would be shoveling the snow that Monroe was rhapsodising about, and it didn’t sound the least bit appealing to me. We were expecting company that afternoon, so we had to make sure that our driveway and path to the door were clear.
We were frozen, and wherever we looked, our neighbors were out there shoveling paths to their doorways while little kids were having the time of their life having snowball fights.
Most people liked snowball fights. I was not one of them. Give me a good heated house, a good book to read, a gooey dessert, and I was a happy camper.
That Christmas I was not a happy camper. I was too cold to move and the house couldn’t get warm enough to defrost the ice that was rapidly replacing my blood supply. Forget the book. That didn’t happen, either; my fingers were too frozen to hold one. As for the gooey dessert, I was too cold to really enjoy it.
I live in a warm climate these days and it always seems odd to me to see my mailman wearing shorts while delivering Christmas cards to me while I’m listening to a recording of “White Christmas” or “Let it Snow” on my iPod.
And this year, according to the weather forecasts, we’re in for just the kind of white Christmas that southerners can’t visualize and northerners shudder at the thought of having to freeze their pachoogies while they’re shoveling snow off their walkways, roofs, and cars.
Given the choice, I’d prefer to listen to “White Christmas” on my iPod, indoors with the air-conditioning running, than being outdoors shoveling snow in the freezing weather.