Cranks My Tractor

Published: Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 08:52 AM.

What do I always want to hear?

With my Mama being gone, I have to hear Elvis Presley sing “Blue Christmas.”  Country music legend, Ernest Tubb sang it a number of years before Elvis, but this is one time I will give Elvis the nod over Ernest Tubb.

It is kind of a sad Christmas song, but it’s still Christmas and it’s very Elvis.  By “Very Elvis” it just seems like it goes with his voice and being a little sad and missing folks.  I can still see the album cover.

Mama always moved the stacks of stuff off of the console record player at Christmas so we could play records all the time.  I loved it.

The other night, my daughter brought my record player into the kitchen to stay for the holidays.  There is just something about listening to Christmas music on a record player that makes everything right.  Honestly, in my case, I’m sure it’s my memories of my Mama.

You can’t have Christmas without Mel Tormé’s “The Christmas Song.”  I prefer Nat King Cole singing it.  After many years of listening to this song, I finally broke down and figured out how to roast chestnuts.

I am not going to give Martha Stewart any competition, but I will say that I enjoy them.  If you try this at home, let me warn you – you can cut a finger off.  An important part of roasting chestnuts is cutting into them with a sharp knife.

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