A smaller Christmas, Day 15

Was there snow at Christmas when we lived in Columbia, Missouri, in the early ’60s? I think so.

But we also spent a couple of those Christmases in Wisconsin, splitting time between both sets of grandparents. There certainly was snow in Wisconsin then, and certainly snow after we moved back for good in 1965.

Now, though, there seems to be uncertainty every year about whether we’ll have snow for Christmas in Wisconsin. Maybe it’s global warming. Maybe not. We often wind up with a little snow on the ground at Christmas. But at the moment, late on a Saturday night, it’s 42 degrees, foggy and misty.

Having lived in a place where there usually is snow for Christmas, I wonder what it’s like in a place where there never is snow for Christmas.

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“Christmas Island,” Leon Redbone, from “Christmas Island,” 1989. Also available digitally.


The song dates to 1946, when the Andrews Sisters first recorded it with Guy Lombardo. It also has been covered by Jimmy Buffett. But I heard Redbone’s version first, so that’s the definitive one for me.

Your Christmas music requests in the comments, please.

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