This week I heard a song that resurrected a memory of something I wanted very badly as a 5-year old in December of 1959. Yes, I am old enough to remember that far back!
I was riding with my Aunt Ethel and I was a very unhappy kindergartner who had just left the dentist without my two front teeth. My protesting and tears fell on deaf ears. Apparently my teeth were removed to make room for my big-people teeth. So, guess what I wanted to Christmas? There was a song that came over the radio and it changed my world.
Every body Pauses and stares at me, these two teeth are gone as you can see. I don’t know just who to blame for this catastrophe! But my one wish on Christmas Eve is as plain as it can be!
All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth, my two front teeth, see my two front teeth! Gee, if I could only have my two front teeth, then I could wish you “Merry Christh-mas.”
I was stunned. My Aunt, knowing of my discontent, told me the song was written just for me – she was quick and I bought it! From that moment on I’d proudly show everyone the gaping hole in my teeth and told them about “my” song. Apparently, I got a lot of mileage out of my missing teeth that Christmas.
In 1944, Donald Gardner, a music teacher from Smithtown, NY wrote that song. He asked his second grade class one day what they wanted for Christmas and noticed that many of his students had at least one missing front tooth as they answered in a lisp. Gardner wrote the song in 30 minutes. After singing it at a music teachers’ conference in 1948 the song went ‘viral’ nationally and became an annual hit each Christmas.
It first became a #1 hit for Spike Jones & His City Slickers in 1948 and was recorded by many people over five decades including… Danny Kaye, The Andrews Sisters, The Platters, Nat King Cole, The Chipmunks, the Three Stooges and (yes, believe it or not) Led Zeppelin.
It was a silly little song that changed my attitude at the age of five. So… what do you want for Christmas? Do you have a similar special childhood memory?
As 2017 comes to a close, we thank the good Lord for all the blessings He has given us. And here is what we want for Christmas… for everyone to remember the REAL reason for Christmas. It’s about Jesus, his birthday celebration, and why He was sent to this earth over 2000 years ago. He was God’s special gift to each of us. That is our desire, for people everywhere to understand the true meaning of Christmas.
Enjoy your holiday time off with family and friends. Lonna and I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas a blessed New Year!
~S. David Drewelow