Sunday, December 22, 2013

Merry Christmas Darling

Christmas is being celebrated by Grenville (Pat) and myself (Dorothy) in different locations this year due to family situations in NJ and New England.

But, we fondly recall past Christmas celebrations at The Frog & PenguINN when the tree was decorated and stockings hung with care. A snowfall made the holiday complete!

So, this Christmas, one of our favorite holiday songs, Merry Christmas Darling, by Karen & Richard Carpenter) is definitely in our thoughts.

Merry Christmas Darling was originally recorded in 1970, and was first available on a 7-inch single, which reached No. 1 on Billboard's Christmas singles chart that year, and also in 1971 and 1973. In 1978, The Carpenters issued a Christmas Portrait album, which contained a new remix of Merry Christmas Darling. The original 1970 mix continued to be used for all single releases, and the major difference between it and the 1978 version was a newly recorded vocal by Karen Carpenter. Richard Carpenter called the original recording one of his sister's best (and we agree).

This is from me to Pat, and if you and your loved one(s) are also separated it's for you too.

Merry Christmas Darling

Greeting cards have all been sent
The Christmas rush is through
But I still have one wish to make
A special one for you

Merry Christmas Darling
We're apart that's true
But I can dream and in my dreams
I'm Christmasing with you

Holidays are joyful
There's always something new
But ev'ryday's a holiday
When I'm near to you

The lights on my tree
I wish you could see
I wish it ev'ry day
Logs on the fire
Fill me with desire
To see you and to say

That I wish you Merry Christmas
Happy New Year too
I've just one wish on this Christmas eve
I wish I were with you

by Richard L. Carpenter & Frank Pooler


Sandra said...

perfect song and your house is gorgeous in all that snow... hope both of you have a wonderful Christmas day

Anvilcloud said...

That song is a first for me, so I had a listen. Here's the link for others:

It's not the best to be away from each other this year, but I'm sure your sacrifice is appreciated.

Limulus said...

I'm all misty eyed... As the Grinch said "I'm leaking"...
Dreaming of Friday
Grenville(chasing the grands)

William Kendall said...

Lovely images... and a Merry Christmas to you, though you're apart this time out.

Daisy said...

That's a beautiful song. Merry Christmas to you both!

DeniseinVA said...

Lovely song! When Gregg was in the Navy we spent a lot of Christmas' apart. I think it's why each one seems an extra blessing now. Merry Christmas to you both.

A Quiet Corner said...

Great song, thoughts and collection of pix, Dorothy! MERRY. Christmas,,,,:)JP

Out on the prairie said...

I don't think I have heard it, will look it up. I am gathering a few lost souls as usual, my Christmas has always been alone for the last decade. Sometimes the best is sharing past ones with others.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photographs! Snow is always much more beautiful in photographs than in real and I'm so happy we don't have any here :-)

I'm not sure I've ever heard that song, must check it out!

May You both have a Good Yule!

Rebecca said...

I loved Karen Carpenter and saw them in concert back in the day. Beautiful voice, beautiful song

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