Children And Christmas Are A Perfect Match

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Children and Christmas just seem to go hand in hand, don’t they? What could possibly be more delightful to see than the unbridled elation of a young man as he snuggles into Santa’s lap or a young lady’s wide-eyed gasp as she unwraps her long-prayed-for doll on Christmas morning?

And what child doesn’t grin from ear to ear as he’s singing along with the Christmas standards that were written just for him — “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” “Frosty the Snowman” and “Jungle Bells”?

The song “Frosty the Snowman” (originally titled “Frosty the Snow Man”) was written by Walter Rollins and Steve Nelson and first recorded by Gene Autry and the Cass County Boys in 1950. It was written after the blockbuster success of Autry’s recording of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” the previous year.

Like “Rudolph,” “Frosty” was subsequently adapted to other media, including the always popular half-hour television special.

As children well know, “Frosty the Snowman” is about a snowman who “came to life one day” by the placement on his head of a magical silk hat found by some children. After sharing with the children some playful adventures, Frosty has to “hurry on his way” — likely a quaint reference to melting (“the sun was hot that day”) and the ephemeral nature of snowmen.

At the end of their adventures together, the children are saddened by Frosty’s departure. However, he reassures them by exclaiming, “I’ll be back again some day!”

This week’s music trivia question is: In the song “Frosty the Snowman,” when Frosty ran down to the village, what was he holding in his hand? Was it a A) snowball, B) sled, C) broomstick or D) pail?

This week, if you are the seventh caller and have the right answer, you’ll win a $15 dollar gift certificate to the Crosswinds Restaurant — where if you’re really lucky while your dining, you’ll have a spectacular winter wonderland view of the Rim. You’ll also win a CD of 20 favorite Christmas songs for children.

Now, let’s see how we did with last week’s music trivia question: Can you name the male-female duet who sang the Christmas favorite “Fall Softly Snow?” This twosome had a string of hits from 1976 to 1981, recording 13 songs that made it onto Billboard’s country chart, including their No. 1 hit “I Don’t Want To Have To Marry You.”

Is this “Fall Softly Snow” duet A) George Jones and Tammy Wynette, B) Jim Ed Brown and Helen Cornelius C) Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn or D) Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez?

The correct answer was Jim Ed Brown and Helen Cornelius. George Jones and Tammy Wynette also had much success on the country charts with their duets, as did Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn. Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez, each current pop recording stars, have not recorded together, but do share a common interest — each other.

Congratulations to this past week’s first time music trivia winner, Tom Neblett, who won a $20 gift certificate to the Ayothaya Thai Café.

A little about Tom. He was born and raised in the little town (population 2,000) of Charlotte, Tennessee. Following high school and after his three-year tour of duty in the U.S. Army, Tom moved to Michigan, where he began a 31-year career with the Ford Motor Company.

In the early 1980s, while in the Four Devil Lounge, a local 50s-style honky tonk dance hall, Tom met Kathy. The two country waltzed and two-stepped the night away — and have now been married for 29 years. They have a daughter and three sons.

After a number of years visiting relatives in Arizona and scouting out possible retirement living, Tom and Kathy bought a lot in Rodeo Ranches in 1992, where they subsequently built their home four years later.

Tom’s interests include bowling in the Elks League, working out at the gym and playing on the Payson Cougars softball team. He and Kathy are former volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and attend Calvary Chapel.

Tom’s music preference includes both classic and contemporary country and classic rock. As for his favorite artists, Tom says “I really like Hank Williams, Jr., ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd.”

Have a great week — and be safe!

DJ Craig – Phone: 468-1482

Website: www.DJCraigInPayson.com

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