Get Out The Cookies — Here Comes Santa Claus

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“Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane),” first sung by everyone’s favorite singing cowboy of yesteryear, Gene Autry, will surely be on the minds of children tonight as they nestle all snug in their beds.

I know that Kris Kringle’s (and Mrs. Claus’) arrival on a big red Hellsgate Fire Department fire truck for their pre-Christmas visit to the Moose Lodge’s children’s Christmas party last Sunday afternoon will surely stay on the minds of the more than 100 children who were in attendance.

The annual Moose Lodge party for kids was, as usual, an exciting time for both children and parents. The lodge joyfully provided each little elf with cookies and punch, a personal visit and present from jolly old St. Nick and a raffle ticket for a good chance to win one of 14 new bicycles or 70 other holiday toys.

Thank you, Moose Lodge, for bringing such joy into the hearts of so many children.

This week’s Christmas holiday music trivia question is: In Gene Autry’s song, “Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane),” what did the song’s author suggested that the children do after they climb into bed on Christmas Eve? A) cover their heads, B) say their prayers, C) go right to sleep, or D) sneak downstairs to watch mommy kissing Santa Claus?

If you are caller number six this week with the correct answer, you’ll win a $20 gift certificate to the Payson Candle Factory, courtesy of owner Carol Reed. This unique shop has proudly served the Rim Country for 32 years, is open 363 days a year and gets in new items daily.

Now, let’s see how we did with last week’s music trivia question, which was: Who was the first commercial artist, in 1949, to sing, “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer?” Was it A) Big Crosby, B) Gene Autry, C) Spike Jones, or D) Ron Gibson?

The correct answer was Gene Autry. Autry’s version of “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer,” which featured the Pinafores, debuted on the charts on Dec. 3, 1949 and went to No. 1 on Jan. 7, 1950. The record eventually sold over 8 million copies, second in the pre-1955 era only to “White Christmas.”

During the next winter season, both Spike Jones and Bing Crosby released their own versions of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” both of which also did well on the charts. Jones’ version peaked at No. 7 and Crosby’s at No. 14.

Ron Gibson is the cuddly “Trades & Sales” DJ on KMOG Radio — who is rumored to have made a guest appearance (in red disguise) at last Sunday’s Moose Lodge children’s Christmas party.

Congratulations to last week’s music trivia winner, Keith Wilson of Star Valley, who won a CD of 20 all-time favorite children’s Christmas songs.

A little about Keith: He was born and lived in Loveland, Calif. until he was 12 years old. The family then moved to Snyder, Colo. After high school, Keith became a construction worker and traveled through the country with his jobs.

While living in Nevada during 1998, Keith joined a singles club and began corresponding with Vina, who lived in Star Valley. Keith said, “After my third trip to see her, that was it — I just never went back.” Sadly, after 12 beautiful years of marriage, Vina passed away six months ago.

Keith’s interests include dancing (he and Vina were regulars at the Rye Bar and Grill before it closed down), traveling and reading. He attends the Payson United Methodist Church.

Keith enjoys listening to classic country, ’40s through ’60s rock ’n’ roll and classical music.

At the top of his favorite artist list are Bing Crosby, Dean Martin and Doris Day.

Lastly, please visit my Web site listed below to see some really cute pictures I took at the recently held children’s Christmas party at the Moose Lodge in Star Valley.

Merry Christmas! And don’t forget to set out some milk and cookies tonight for good ol’ St. Nick! (And please take a little time to reflect on the real reason we celebrate the Christmas season — the birth of Jesus Christ.)

DJ Craig

Phone: 468-1482

Web site: www.DJCraigInPayson.com

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