Dear patient readers,
I was going to write a post about gift-giving but I had too many non-convergent ideas for it besides wanting to reminisce about my favorite childhood gifts, all for transportation! A sled, a Flexible Flier, which ironically introduced me to infinity (the Flexible Flier had a little image of a Flexible Flier with a tinier drawing of a Flexible Flier in the logo and a barely discernible even tinier image inside that one), and later bikes: my first training wheel bike in first grade (which I managed to drive off the porch, landing on my chin without breaking my neck), then a larger, sturdier models which took me all over the small towns in which we lived, and in my teens, a spiffy ten speed.
I have to confess also to having a bit of a blue Christmas. My mother seems to be getting even more feeble and I am concerned that this is another leg down for her. And on top of that, I offended a well-meaning local friend who wanted to bring over some salmon for dinner. My injuries have gotten worse and I am having difficulty walking. I just couldn’t handle it, even getting myself and the kitchen presentable enough to meet her at the door.
I know this pales compared to the real stresses that many of you are having and I hope those of you who are having health or financial stresses have been able to find some holiday cheer despite that.
So I instead opted for some entertainment, and hopefully at least some of the clips below will amuse you. Lambert has set a high bar for holiday musical assortments in the past, so I have some trepidation about serving up a mix, particularly since it is pretty conventional. But here we go!
For the hard-core realists (hat tip Hepativore):
This is a mixed bag, only partly Christmas-y and a lot of kitsch, but with some nice bits: the duet with June Carter Cash (2:55), Roy Orbison (24:00), Jerri Lee Lewis (27:13).
More a classic than a Christmas classic:
Another fine rendition:
Now to a chestnut:
And more classics: