Today on, “Days to Remember” we celebrate the holiday song called, “Blue Christmas,” who wrote this infamous song?
“Blue Christmas,” is a Christmas song written by Billy Hayes and Jay W. Johnson and most famously performed by Elvis Presley. It is a tale of unrequited love during the holidays and is a longstanding staple of Christmas music, especially in the country genre.
The song was first recorded by Doye O’Dell in 1948; however Elvis Presley cemented the status of “Blue Christmas” as a rock-and-roll holiday classic by recording it for his 1957 LP Elvis’ Christmas Album.
It wasn’t released as a single until 1964, when in the US it was backed with “Wooden Heart” from Elvis’ soundtrack to his film G.I. Blues, but from 1965 and on, it was backed with “Santa Claus Is Back In Town.”
Elvis’ performed this song for the first time on his 1968 television special, which was called (Singer Presents) ‘Elvis’ (it was sponsored by Singer sewing machines).
Recorded in June, the special aired on December 3 and helped revitalize his career. His performance of “Blue Christmas” is the only video footage that exists of Elvis singing a Christmas song. Before he begins the song, Elvis states: “I’d like to do my favorite Christmas song of the ones I’ve recorded…”
Today’s YouTube presentation brought to you by user name, Russell rentfro is Elvis Presley singing a Blue Christmas.
As the Christmas holiday winds down now, some people weren’t as fortunate as you and I to have a good Christmas.
Several factors can produce Christmas blues; hectic activity can bring physical and emotional stress. Overspending can produce financial pressure. Year-end reflection and focus on loss can magnify sorrow.
One possible influence, called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), is a form of depression the medical community doesn’t completely understand.
The Mayo Clinic says genetics, age and body chemistry could be the culprits. Mayo recommends seeing your doctor if you feel down for days and have motivation problems.
Symptoms can include changing sleep patterns and appetite, feeling hopeless, contemplating suicide, or seeking comfort in alcohol.
How can you cope with Christmas loneliness? Some suggestions below that might surprise to actually work out.
Spend some time with people, especially positive ones who lift your spirits. Perhaps you’ll be grateful for their cheer.
Exercise regularly. Blood pumping can help clear your mind. Eat right. Chocoholics’ beware. Overindulgence can mean temporary highs followed by disappointing flab.
If you’re not the depressed one, try giving a smile to a stranger. Sometimes a vibrant smile can lifts up someone else’s spirits, the bottom line is?
Help someone get out of their Blue state of mind, so next Christmas really means joy and happiness to them.
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