12.09.2011

our musical advent calendar, day 09

Inspired by Pinterest, Anna wanted to do an advent calendar. And inspired by Advent Conspiracy, she wanted to make it about presence, not presents. Ian had a brilliant idea to use music. We each picked out some of our favorite Christmas songs and will be counting down with festive tunes.

day 09. "Walking In A Winter Wonderland" - Dean Martin


A short anecdote:
This song will forever be etched into my brain. Why? Because when I was a young'un, and Christmas time came around, my dad would sing this song.

Except he would change the lyrics.

Long story short: he would skip all the lyrics and in place of the line, "walking in a winter wonderland," would sing, "walking 'round in women's underwear." Classy, I know. I will vouch for him and say that in all the years I lived at home, he never once, to my knowledge, followed through with that lyric line he would smirkily sing. For that, I am eternally grateful. So, in conclusion, every year, when our family gets together for the season, this song comes up at some point and we naturally hee-haw.
—Ian

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening,
In the lane, snow is glistening
A beautiful sight,
We're happy tonight.
Walking 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,
Walking 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 say: 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've made,
Walking in a winter wonderland.

In the meadow we can build a snowman,
And pretend that he's a circus clown
We'll have lots of fun with mister snowman,
Until the other kids knock him down.

When it snows, ain't it thrilling,
Though your nose gets a chilling
We'll frolic and play,
the Eskimo way,
Walking in a winter wonderland.


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