‘Tis the night before Christmas,
(That’s Evan with our tree);
Time to wind up our series
With just one offering, not three.
“The Night Before Christmas,” Louis Armstrong, 1971, from “The Stash Christmas Album,” 1985.
It’s an a capella reading of Clement Clarke Moore’s famous poem, which was titled “Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas” upon its first publication in a newspaper — the Troy Sentinel in Troy, New York — on Dec. 23, 1823.
Armstrong recorded this just a few months before his death on July 6, 1971.
As you’d expect, Satchmo makes it his own.
Oh, and one more thing …
Our Christmas is all the merrier for having rediscovered this classic Miller High Life commercial. It may just be a Midwestern thing, but this used to be a familiar sight at this time of year. It debuted in 1977; this clip is from Dec. 7, 1980.
A friend of ours worked at Miller Brewing in Milwaukee about that time. She told us people so loved this commercial that they’d start calling the brewery in November to try to find out when it was going to air.
… so to all, a good night, and a merry Christmas.