December 24, 2005

Blue Christmas.

The view from my window, tonight at nightfall:

Christmas Eve

It seems that every year, there's something that gets us started singing "Blue Christmas." Like last year, it was another photograph: here.
Now we're listening to various versions of "Blue Christmas" -- first Elvis (the best), then Ringo, then the Beach Boys (the second best), Jon Bon Jovi, Vince Gill, Willie Nelson (nicely zippy), Fats Domino, Low, Leon Redbone, the Platters, Chris Isaak, Dean Martin, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Harry Connick Jr., Sheryl Crow (the worst!), Booker T. & the MGs, John Holt (reggae does not fit this song), Tammy Wynette... I note that most artists try to sing the song like Elvis -- it's pretty much homage to Elvis for Ringo, Bon Jovi, and many others. Too many people make a big point of slowing the song way down (which is, apparently, a way of life for Low). Ah, now we're back to Elvis, with a different version, from the 1968 TV special. The greatness of Elvis really came through in that little exercise.

You'll be doin' all right, with your Christmas of white/But I'll have a blue, blue Christmas.


girlfriday said...

Sans snow, that's what Boise's night sky looks like. I'm always envious of the white Christmases, but when it's dark and the fog drifts in it almost...almost...feels like a white Christmas.

Merry Christmas. Enjoyed reading you this year.

Murph said...


Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and the Happiest of New Years.

Hope 2006 is your best yet!

Best wishes, Murph

CCMCornell said...

Last week, snow and frozen pipes. This week - a 50 F Christmas Eve and tomorrow - cold and rainy. :(

At least we got a good year of Althouse.

Mewwy Chwis-mas

TBMD said...

Dear Ann, the absolutely definitive version of "Blue Christmas" was recorded by Porky Pig.

If you want, I'll email you a version.

Merry Christmas.

Beth said...

I'm home in New Orleans, for a week now, and without going into a lot of detail, things are rough. But it IS Christmas, and I put lights up on my porch for the first time ever--I didn't do a very good job, but they're bright! I'm baking pecan pies, and making sugar cookies.

Your picture makes me lonely for the Berkshires cabin where we had refuge and comfort for the past eight weeks. It snowed! We enjoyed it until we had to wait for a man to come plow a path to the road.

My favorite ornament of the season brings this post back to blue Elvis: on a shiny, light blue Christmas ball are the outlines of three Victorian houses whose roofs are covered with the ubiquitous blue tarps, courtesy of FEMA. In glittery script is written Blue Roof Christmas. And just yesterday I drove through one of the worst-hit areas, past houses that took water and mud up to their ceilings. No one lives there, there is no power, no lights, and the streets are still thick with mud in some stretches. But someone had placed a Santa, snowman and elf, and a manger scene on their front lawn all the same.

Merry Christmas all. May you be as blessed with friends, comfort and joy as I have been these past few months. Ann, thanks for this beautiful image.

Finn Alexander Kristiansen said...

It is warm here in Phoenix, and I am at my mom's. Her house is a mess, and she is out front watching tv with her homeless friends, one of whom she is kind of in love with, despite being married to her husband (who is a stunt double for Satan, and oddly off at work tonight, and who treats her rather badly, and who thankfully is not my father).

So I am sitting here, fixing the sound and printer on her computer, and asking myself, "What am I doing here?" I am quite hungry. Elton John's "Believe" is playing on the computer (part of my pre-positioned supply of mp3's I leave hidden in her computer for such visits).

Merry Christmas to you Ann, and to those you love. This is one of the best blogs ever.

Merry Christmas fellow commenters. I wish there was snow here, or something bright.

Mark Daniels said...

It's always legitimate grounds for wanting to undergo a lobotomy any time an Elvis tune gets stuck in one's head. But having 'Blue Christmas' rattling around may be the worst possibility of all!

Mark Daniels

Paul is a Hermit said...

Probably because, no, absolutely because Sheryl Crow can't sing.
Sorry fans, you're just wrong.
Sorry Sheryl, Christmas and all, no offense.

reader_iam said...


There is something bright where you are, even if it's not being appreciated.


Hang in ...

Ruth Anne Adams said...

Wet Christmas in North Carolina. I do miss the Wisconsin snow at Christmas. My sis will spend Christmas at Lambeau.

Go Packers!

Finn Alexander Kristiansen said...

thanx reader_iam

Zock said...

Robert Gordon did a great cover of Blue Christmas. 1979.

Merry Christmas from cold dry NM.

vbspurs said...

Mine is a...

"Aqua and Pink, and Sage with Palm Trees 77F Christmas"

From the heart of South Beach, here's wishing all a very Merry Christmas. :)


Ann Althouse said...

Finn: I hope Christmas worked out okay. It sounds grim, but you made it pretty funny.

John in Nashville said...

Elvis Presley's version of "Blue Christmas" is your favorite? De gustibus non est disputandum. I have long preferred Ernest Tubb's version.

Happy New Year, and keep up the good work.