Today’s Holiday Musical Monday selection is number one on the ThoughtCo.com top 100 Christmas Songs of 2017 list. The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole is still making holiday magic 71 years after it’s first recording.
The song more commonly know as “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire,” was written in a July heat wave in 1945 by Mel Tormé and Bob Wells in an effort to think cool thoughts.
Nat King Cole recorded the song four times from 1946 to 1961. The original version was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1974, but the 1961 recording is the most famous.
The list of artists who have recorded this song is extensive and ranges from Bing, Frank and Aretha to Justin Bieber and Usher.
“And so I'm offering this simple phrase
To kids from one to ninety-two
Although it's been said many times, many ways
Merry Christmas to you”
~The Christmas Song
Experiencing the wonder of the holiday season is indeed for those of all ages.
Maintaining youthful enthusiasm for life and all it’s celebrations becomes even more important as we age. It’s all too easy to slip into a “been there, done that” attitude. It takes energy and focus to view daily activities and future opportunities with excitement.
Staying motivated to pursue happiness and new challenges in life leads to an optimistic view of the future. What better time of year to prioritize rekindling the joy in life?