I Want a Hippopotamus For Christmas

It’s Christmas and I realized today that my blog is as dark as my house at night — we were too busy this fall to put up lights and now our neighbors are shunning us.  We are the black hole of  Broken Arrow and they think we’re atheists.  We’re not, it’s just that it’s too cold out to be climbing up on ladders and I’m afraid of heights as it is. Having said that, I feel the need to lighten the tone here about a few thousand watts. SO… Let’s talk Christmas songs. Our family has a tradition of either singing in or going to The Messiah at First Lutheran every year. I sang this year and I’m proud to tell y’all I did not fall off the stage once. Our chairs were precariously close to the edge. One bad note and I’m certain the bass singers would have shoved me off. Thankfully they didn’t.

We also like to listen to Nat King Cole and the Trans Siberian Orchestra. Not to make y’all think I’m a classical purist, our family’s favorite song is — Grandma Got Run Over By A reindeer, that and Jeff Foxworthy’s Redneck Days of Christmas.

I thought I’d heard them all until I opened the paper today. I need to warn you — or place blame – either one but my favorite Tulsa Scene writer is Jason Ashley Wright hands down. I especially like his monthly lingenlangenloungin… a little something something as he calls it.. I can’t spell it. It’s some Cajun word. ANYWHOO..he was talking about Christmas Songs today and he mentioned I Want a Hippopotamus For Christmas. It’s apparently classic and shockingly, I’ve never heard of it.

I’m an ADHD, neurotic redhead — I don’t like not knowing about things. I feel left out. I looked it up on YouTube, and I don’t feel left out anymore. It’s really cute!

It’s so cute that I’m going to share it with you guys. I know,  you feel special now don’t you.


2 thoughts on “I Want a Hippopotamus For Christmas

  1. oh my gosh those are funny songs. Mannheim has come to Oklahoma City, but I don’t think they’ve come to Tulsa. Will have to watch for them. The Hippo song was totally new to me and I just thought it was hilarious. I love Christmas music too.


  2. WHAT??? NO MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER?????? If you ever get a chance to see that group live, GO! If you leave the venue without the Christmas Spirit, check your pulse. The Hippo Christmas song is one of my least faves. I don’t know why, but it is. I have been listening to full time Christmas music since 11/1. I could listen to it all year long. I guess my favorite “non classical” and whimsical Christmas song would be “There’s Something Stuck up in the Chimney” followed closely by “The 12 Pains of Christmas ” and “No Comfort and Joy” (that one starts out with “The restroom door said ‘Gentlemen’…” and goes downhill from there…hilarious!).


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