Wednesday, December 05, 2007

countdown to christmas - day five

I usually don't start listening to Christmas music this early. In fact, I often hold off as long as possible, not wanting to grow tired of the jingling bells and decked halls. But, I must admit that this year was different. My radio station has been tuned to the "all Christmas music" station since the weekend after Thanksgiving. Surprisingly, I've yet to tire of it. Instead, I've found myself freshly inspired by both new and old holiday compositions.

Without a doubt, the best find of the season has been "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas," a song from 1953 performed by Gayla Peevey. I had never heard the piece before, and I found it so completely cheerful, funny, and inspiring even. It seems that I'm thinking too much of hippopotamuses these days, because I spied a hippo face in one of our doorknobs. From there, this Christmas illustration was born.

(To hear the Hippo song for yourself, view this very funny...albeit cheesy... YouTube video.)

3 comments:

Alyssa said...

I read this entry yesterday morning and ended up following the link to the song. My roommate and I listened to it before heading out to our morning classes. This morning, I've had it stuck in my head! Gonna go listen to it again... ha ha!

Kelly said...

I LOVE the hippo song! I even found myself singing it during the year when it wasn't Christmas... though I suppose that kind of thing happens a lot more often with a toddler in the house. Not quite as fun, but equally odd is Dominick the Donkey...

WarrinerDaD said...

You know it is Christmas when you hear the good ole Italian song 'Dominic the Donkey.'

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