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Single Serving on a Sleigh 
by psychologist Dr Bruce L. Thiessen, aka Dr BLT, aka Santa Shrink 

Artist: Brenda Lee
Song: Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree 

*Attention Phantom Tollbooth visitors:  It is an honor to share my middle name with Brenda Leeís last name.   It was her original hit that inspired me to record this remake:

Rocking around the Christmas Tree 
Dr BLTís Christmas cover 

Rocking around the Christmas Tree
at the Christmas party hop
Mistletoe hung where you can see
Ev'ry couple tries to stop 
The year was 1958.  It was a good year, and, like a fine wine, this song gets better with age.  The artist is Brenda Lee.  She takes one of the most charming Christmas songs ever written and packs it with a Christmas punch.  There I go, mixing my metaphors again, even while mixing my drinks.  No Christmas party is truly complete, or completely festive, without this frolicking number.  Who could forget this chorus line?
You will get a sentimental feeling when you hear voices singing 
Let's be jolly; Deck the halls with boughs of holly
Every year I try to write a new song that Iím secretly hoping will become a classic, but every time I hear this delightful number, Iím reminded how high Brenda Lee set the bar.  
Rocking around the Christmas Tree
Have a happy holiday
Everyone's dancing merrily
In a new old fashioned way 
This verse captures the convivial nature of Christmas.  The Bible teaches us that, as children of God who have been invited to share in his ever-abundant inheritance, we have much to celebrate, and much to dance about.  Of course, weíve all heard that Christmas is a pagan celebration, and Iím sure this song was once placed in that ďpaganĒ category for addressing everything frivolous and for forgetting the reason for the season.  Her hick-up vocal style alone was probably once nearly as irresistibly forbidden as Elvisís swiveling hips.  

But I donít pay any heed to such idle chatter.  If we canít have a little fun at Christmas, then we might as well shut down the whole season.  The next verse really captures me:

Rocking around the Christmas Tree
Let the Christmas Spirit ring
Later we'll have some pumpkin pie
and we'll do some caroling 
Why?  Because it addresses my stomach, and my taste buds, and I love to savor the season, if you know what I mean.  

Here comes that chorus again, the one I canít get out of my head, or my heart:

You will get a sentimental feeling When you hear voices singing
"Let's be jolly; Deck the halls with boughs of holly" 
I guess the last line of this repeated part of the song succinctly summarizes my sentiments, and the reason why the song is so appealing.  
Rocking around the Christmas Tree
Have a happy holiday
Everyone's dancing merrily
In a new old fashioned way
Itís old fashioned, but itís new, every time you hear it, and every time I hear it, I hear it in a ďnew old fashioned way.Ē  Iím wondering just how many ďnew old fashionedĒ ways there are to hear it.  

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