31 days: christmas in dixie

I know that it’s not Christmas, but it is a Friday and that seems like a good enough reason to enjoy my favorite radio Christmas song. (Normally I don’t do anything Christmas at all until after Thanksgiving, but since October is the month of music, I’ve got to share it this month.)

There’s a history behind this song. I’m not exactly sure where it started, but this song is the prize in an annual contest between my Daddy & me. You see, the person to hear this song first on the radio each Christmas season “wins” for the year. It’s only a one-time thing, too. There’s no prizes for the most number of times hearing the song, or anything else like that. Nope, the winner is the first to hear it – on the radio – and call the other.

To me, it’s not Christmas each year if I don’t hear Christmas In Dixie on the radio.
(And yes, I may have been known to have called the radio station three days before Christmas to request the song since I hadn’t yet heard it that year.)

Christmas in Dixie
by Alabama

By now in New York City, there’s snow on the ground
And out in California, the sunshine’s falling down
And, maybe down in Memphis, Graceland’s all in lights
And in Atlanta, Georgia, there’s peace on earth tonight

Christmas in Dixie, it’s snowin’ in the pines
Merry Christmas from Dixie, to everyone tonight

It’s windy in Chicago the kids are out of school
There’s magic in Motown the city’s on the move
In Jackson, Mississippi, to Charlotte, Caroline
And all across the nation, it’s the peaceful Christmas time

Christmas in Dixie, it’s snowin’ in the pines
Merry Christmas from Dixie, to everyone tonight

And from Fort Payne, Alabama
God bless y’all, we love ya
Happy New Year, good night
Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas tonight

This song exudes Christmas to me, the non-religious part of it. It speaks to the fun of the season – snow, lights, music, and the desire for peace on earth. And it very much reminds me of my Daddy. Merry early Christmas this year!

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