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6th Day of Christmas: Let’s Sing! Not really, but we can talk about songs, instead.

The winner of yesterday’s signed paperback is: Candice!

12 Days of Christmas

Today’s random question for a chance to win a signed book from my backlist (and to get your name in the drawing for the Grand Prize) is:

What’s your favorite Christmas song?

Mine isn’t very traditional, I’m afraid. Nor is it exactly in line with how my family celebrates Christmas (other than that ornament I showed pictures of yesterday, we don’t do Santa at all around our house). But nonetheless, it’s a great song and is one of my all time favorites.

The song? Christmas Carol by Skip Ewing

I was playin Santa Claus downtown on Christmas Eve 
When a little girl of three or four climbed up onto my knee 
I could tell she had a Christmas Wish behind those eyes of blue 
So I asked her what’s your name, and what can Santa git for you 
She said my name is Christmas Carol, I was born on Christmas Day 
I dont know who my daddy is, and mommy’s gone away. 
All I want for Christmas is someone to take me home. 
Does anybody want a Christmas Carol of their own 

Well all I could say was “Santa will do the best he could” 
And I set her down and told her “now to remember to be good” 
She said I will then walked away, turned and waved goodbye
And Im glad she wasent close enough to see ole Santa Cry 

She said my name is Christmas Carol, I was born on Christmas Day 
I dont know who my daddy is, and mommy’s gone away. 
All I want for Christmas is someone to take me home. 
Does anybody want a Christmas Carol of their own. 

Early Christmas morning I got up and dialed the phone 
I made a few arrangements at the County Children’s home 
And they told me it would be alright to pick her up today 
Now my little Christmas Carol wont ever have to say 

My name is Christmas Carol, I was born on Christmas Day 
I dont know who my daddy is, and mommy’s gone away. 
All I want for Christmas is someone to take me home. 
Does anybody want a Christmas Carol of their own. 

Well Merry Christmas Carol, I love you, Welcome Home.

The first time I heard this on the radio I was 18, had been married only a few weeks and was driving home from my in-laws on Christmas Eve when it came on the radio. At the time I’d been working doing secretarial work at the county child welfare office for barely enough money to live on while in college and though I’d only been at the job right at two months, I’d seen far more than my share of the harder sides of life. I’d grown up in two fractured families that had merged before I was born and while all of my siblings were only halves, my two parents had remained married and for the most part very stable. What I’d witnessed in those two months was vastly different than what I’d grown up seeing in my sheltered world: What so many of those children wanted was just someone to love them. Someone to take them home not because they were obligated to, but because they wanted to.

These days when I hear it, I have bittersweet feelings. It still makes me sad to think of those who felt unloved and alone come through, but it also makes me grin to think about those other Christmas Carols who found the Santa (and Mrs. Claus, of course) who loved them and took them home. It’s also a gentle reminder to me that no matter how much my own boys quarrel and do things I might never understand, I’ll love them forever in a way that nobody could possibly comprehend.

All right that’s my sap for the season. What’s your favorite song, traditional or not? Sentimental or humorous? Makes you want to stand on a table and dance or close your eyes and reminisce about a loved one. Whatever it might be, we want to know!

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**Giveaway is opened internationally.

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