As a kid, we had a record player and a lot of records. The funny thing is, I don't remember receiving any of these records as gifts, or where they would've come from.
Regardless, that record player was used well into my teens. Particularly because there were so many albums that held a lot of sentimental value for all of us in my family. This includes other favourites such as the Boney M Christmas Album, The Carpenters, Anne Murray's Christmas album.
We'd listen to them over and over. It would be someone's job on Christmas morning to go and flip or change the record when it was done, as the record player would be blasting from upstairs while we'd be downstairs in the living room with the tree and gifts.
This particular album, A Christmas Together: John Denver & The Muppets, is one of those that will live in infamy in my mind.
I didn't really know who John Denver was. I knew what he looked like by his picture on the album cover. Of course, he would pass away in 1997, when I would at least be old enough to appreciate the loss to the musical world.
I gotta say, too, this is the only version of this song that I can stand to listen to all the way through. It's brilliantly done! And, admittedly, brings a bit of a tear to my eye in the listening. Gotta love nostalgia.
Now I'm going to go listen to the rest of the album!