It was December 2 and I was feeling the holiday crunch, realizing I could never accomplish all I want to do before Christmas. Seeing I was at the point of hyperventilating, Mike's response was a reassuring "there's plenty of time."
While I appreciated his calming words, within myself I was saying, "That just isn't so." And I know what's going to happen. On the morning of the 15th, Mike will lay aside the newspaper and say, "What do we have for . . .? What do we have for . . . ? Have you done anything about . . .? What about our cards?"
And that very night I listened to this song performed by The King's Men on the old-time radio show, Fibber McGee and Molly. I loved the words and with just one time through the catchy tune was in my head. I searched the internet in vain to find the song. I finally wrote out the words as best I could by listening and typing. I suspect this novelty song was written by the group's talented leader, Ken Darby, who also set "The Night Before Christmas" to music -- and did a lot of other wonderful things in the music world, too.
Only 15 shopping days till Christmas,
Still have lots of time.
I’ve decided to skip this year,
I won’t spend a dime.
Only 14 shopping days till Christmas,
Gee! That’s not so long.
I’m just sending out cards this year,
Then I can’t go wrong
I’ll have to buy one little present for Aunt Sarah,
That can wait awhile,
Lots of time to choose . . .
Still got 12 more shopping days till Christmas,
Gee, but it’s a bore!
Let’s see -- 12 days that’s not bad!
Still got plenty more.
Take your time, take your time,
What’s the rush about?
Stop that hurryin’, stop that worryin’;
Hurry and worry is out.
All you’ve gotta do is make out a list
And decide upon the price to pay.
All the dither and the bother and the lather and the pother
Will be done before Christmas Day
Trust me I’ll be ready then
(jingle – jingle – jingle - jingle)
Don’t tell me that’s ol’ Santa Claus comin’ again.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday – yipe!
Only five more days till Chistmas --
Better go buy a tree.
Must get Mama that new fur coat
Or she’ll be mad at me.
Only three more shopping days till Christmas,
Lots of things to buy.
Should have started it weeks ago,
How the time does fly.
Almost forgot to get that streamline train for junior
Where’s my shopping list?
Molly and Tony and Michael and Fred --
A dolly, a pony, a cycle, a sled.
Hear me callin’ Santa Claus?
I need your help because there’s only
One little shopping day till Christmas;
Now it’s almost here.
That ol’ feeling gets in your hide,
Comes a stealing up here inside.
I’m not sorry that Christmas time
Comes but once a year.
A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
[Forgive the old and broken illustration. I'm here at the farm with a slow connection and no applicable art work.] KW