The arrival of December and the holiday season brings forth images of snowy beauty and frosty aroused reflections, shiny colorful baubles and glistening icicles all nestled within the scent of pine trees and hot peppermint cocoa, with mini marshmallows bobbing on the surface. I love all the sights and sounds of the holiday in North America.

It’s a special time of the year to be festive and cheerful (as well as including a couple of noteworthy birthdays early in the month, mine included.)

I adore the jingle bells and the holly leaves and the garland and the twinkling lights which matches the twinkle in the eyes of jolly souls. Wrapping carefully chosen gifts and awaiting the perfect time for exchanges is a lovely tradition. One great love not to be discounted and appointed high on the holiday list is the certain voice of an exceptional man.

It can’t be full blown Christmas cheer without all of the timeless Elvis songs. Elvis Presley loved Christmas and Graceland came to life during the holidays, with or without snow or any of the trimmings.

But here’s the truth – it’s not all the side dishes of Santa and reindeer and trees and lights. It’s the main course of the love given and received. Elvis knew it and served up his generous nature year round, but even more so during the holidays.

*** Elvis recorded this one in 1971 …. in checking the weather history, Memphis had an unusually mild December that year, between 40 degrees and 69 – so no snow or sleigh bells. But the song brought the imagery to life. And I love his stripper ending he was so fond of tossing out.

Walking with the right company and in the right holiday spirit, whether through drifts of snow or on a beach or down a city street – that is what makes the winter wonderland wonderful. Don’t you agree?


Sleigh bells ring, are you listening

In the lane, snow is glistening

A beautiful sight, we’re happy tonight

Walkin’ in a winter wonderland

Gone away is the bluebird

Here to stay is a new bird

He sings a love song as we go along

Walkin’ in a winter wonderland

In the meadow we can build a snowman

Then pretend that he is Parson Brown

He’ll say are you married

We’ll so no man,

But you can do the job when you’re in town

Later on we’ll conspire

As we dream by the fire

To face unafraid

The plans that we made

Walkin’ in a winter wonderland.