A Warm Memory Nothing in the World Can Buy

When I was nine I wore this woolen beret and scarf for the church choir; my sister had an identical set. In CCD class we were instructed on singing lyrics of the traditional, religious songs, but we also sang some more popular tunes, one of which is now my favorite: Sleigh Ride. I have always loved the fast-paced tempo and the rhyming lyrics which are reminiscent of how the holidays used to be. Read the lyrics—one can’t help but feel good singing this song:

Just hear those sleigh bells jingling,
Ring ting tingling too
Come on, it’s lovely weather
For a sleigh ride together with you
Outside the snow is falling
And friends are calling “yoo hoo”
Come on, it’s lovely weather
For a sleigh ride together with you. 
Giddy yap, giddy yap, giddy yap,
Let’s go, Let’s look at the show,
We’re riding in a wonderland of snow.
Giddy yap, giddy yap, giddy yap,
It’s grand, Just holding your hand,
We’re gliding along with a song
Of a wintry fairy land 

Our cheeks are nice and rosy
And comfy cozy are we
We’re snuggled up together
Like two birds of a feather would be
Let’s take that road before us
And sing a chorus or two
Come on, it’s lovely weather
For a sleigh ride together with you. 

There’s a birthday party
At the home of Farmer Gray
It’ll be the perfect ending of a perfect day
We’ll be singing the songs
We love to sing without a single stop
At the fireplace while we watch
The chestnuts pop. Pop! pop! pop! 

There’s a happy feeling
Nothing in the world can buy
When they pass around the coffe and the pumpkin pie
It’ll nearly be like a picture print by Currier and Iives
These wonderful things are the things
We remember all through our lives! 

Just hear those sleigh bells jingling,
Ring ting tingling too
Come on, it’s lovely weather
For a sleigh ride together with you
Outside the snow is falling
And friends are calling “yoo hoo”
Come on, it’s lovely weather
For a sleigh ride together with you. 

It’s lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you. 

Ten tiny girls standing near the pulpit under hot lights, donning red berets and thick woolen scarfs singing with sweet, angelic voices . . . ah, that was 50 years ago—the hat and scarf are both moth-eaten and no longer fit, but I’ll hold tight to them just as a child holds onto his favorite blanket. I’ll hold tight until every thread is gone, leaving only the thread of that Christmas memory.

 What is your favorite holiday song? What memories do they hold for you?

Daily Gratitude: pumpkin spice coffee, comfort food

© Teresita Abad Doebley All rights reserved 2009-2011.

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11 thoughts on “A Warm Memory Nothing in the World Can Buy

  1. I love the beret and scarf. It’s great that you have this memory. Sleigh Ride is also my favorite Christmas song. I can imagine sitting in a sleigh with the cold, brisk air biting at my face, the rhythmic beat of the horse’s hooves…. thanks for sharing this.

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