Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Christmas Time is Here

In case you didn't already know this, I am a huge fan of Charlie Brown. I should also say that I am therefore also a huge fan of Vince Guaraldi. He is the musician who wrote the songs for Charlie Brown. The "theme" song is called "Linus and Lucy".

In "Merry Christmas Charlie Brown", the show starts with a song called "Christmas Time is Here", which is sung by the kids in the show. For some reason, this song has always been the epitome of Christmas for me. When I hear it, all of my childhood Christmas memories come back to me.

I sing, along with my daughter Snow White, in our choir in our little country church in rural Virginia. We have been doing so for the last several years and it is great for some daddy/daughter time since we both have a passion for music; though she is the much better singer of the two of us.

Our church Christmas program has developed into more of a show and concert the last two years rather than a traditional cantata or play. Last year I sang "The Christmas Song" (you know, 'Chestnuts roasting on an open fire ...'). I was able (somehow with a miracle from God) to make it through to the end without falling on may face.

This year I have volunteered to sing "Christmas Time is Here". Man I hope I can pull it off.

Here is a clip from the show. I hope you enjoy it.


  1. Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy - even though I am feeling a bit like Charlie Brown this year:)

  2. Cute! Now I have to wait for the video of you and Snow White singing Christmas Time is Here. There will be a video..right?

    That Snoopy sure can skate, can't he? Did I tell you there's a Camp Snoopy st Knotts Berry Farm in CA?

  3. I also love this song...such a great memory. Good luck with the are a brave soul.

  4. I used to sing in the choir too. I still miss it.

    We'll be waiting on the edges of our seats for a video clip!!

  5. meh. I know CB and Co. inside out. We need a video from you all;)

  6. How could anybody resist a clip of Charlie Brown!?
    I love to see the Christmas specials and hear the, (now old fashioned, I suppose) melodies.
    Just remember! You are not expected to hit the high notes the kids do that sing the songs on the show!

  7. So tell me - Does BHE hold the football for you and then pull it away right when you are about to kick it? Just kidding! I think you are going to do just fine singing, I mean, you seriously have to be way better then me!! Having said that, I do want a video though!! Are you gonna wear Charlies shirt! That would top it all off!

    By the way, I think it is fantastic that you are singing with your daughter! I have so much respect for you! You are simply "Top Drawer"!!!!

  8. I have been watching all of the Christmas 'Classics' with Peepers this year. I am hoping she enjoys them and looks forward to them every year as much as me.

    Looking forward to that video. What a special thing to share.

  9. One of my favorites too. How awesome that you both are in the choir. I can't sing at all and wish that I could. Enjoy every second of it for those of us that are very musically challenged.