Lisa and I went into Center City to experience the Christmas Village set up around City Hall. It was touted as a German Christmas Market. It was similar but certainly not the same. No Glühwein. We then walked to Macy’s to see their Holiday Light Show and Organ Concert. I remember going back in the late 70’s with my mom, back when it was Wanamaker’s. It was so high tech back then. And now it seems so analog. Watch the finale:
Afterward we planned on going to Macy’s (Previously Strawbridge’s) Dickens Village but we were getting very warm and very thirsty. Besides we were there last year and it just seemed too soon to see it again. It’s funny how a year can sometimes seem so long and yet at other times, so short.
I am back home and really wishing I could watch an Andy Williams or Judy Garland Christmas Special. I remember one year the local PBS station broadcast a ton of old Christmas Specials and it was just so neat. I checked Hulu.com but found nothing. Youtube did have a clip of Judy singing Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas from her movie, Meet Me In St. Louis. Here it is:
Gosh I love this part of the movie. Watching sad little Margaret O’Brien and hearing Judy sing, well all I want to do is bawl my eyes out. There’s particular resonance right now for me hearing the lyrics, “…Next year all our troubles will be out of sight.” I don’t have any troubles, what am I talking about!? I am just biding my time until the next opportunity appears.
Here’s another clip from Youtube, Bing Crosby and David Bowie singing Little Drummer Boy.
When I was a little girl, I remember traveling to and from Gym Jam with my little girlfriend Dana, strapped into the back seat of her mother’s light blue station wagon singing The Little Drummer Boy… regardless of the season. I can’t recall exactly why but the two of us just always sang that song.
And somehow I feel a need to end with this old Christmas commercial:
It’s funny how it still gives me chills. I love the Native American chick with the long pigtails.