Sunday, December 21, 2008

How a secular Christmas song became "our song" (or, gifts from the heart are still the best)

We hadn't been married very long and we didn't have much money. It was almost Christmas and although we weren't Christians we always gave each other gifts. The pickings would be slim this year, though, as the budget for presents was non-existent.

Atticus knew that I loved Nat King Cole's smoky voice crooning The Christmas Song. I had described it as "almost perfect." But this was in the days before digital music and mp3 players. I could hear my favorite song of the season only if it happened to come on the radio, as I didn't own the album. Atticus wanted to buy it for me, but our budget was so tight that even a new cassette tape (remember cassette tapes?) wasn't a possibility that year.

It was Christmas Eve, and I had to work. Feeling a little disheartened that we didn't have much to give one another, I was nevertheless looking forward to the meal that Atticus would no doubt have ready when I got home.

When I reached our apartment, I put my key in the lock and thought, "It's awfully quiet in there." I opened the door and found a candlelit room, heard a click, and then Nat's smooth voice. Atticus took my hand and we danced.

My dear, sweet husband had scrounged around our apartment, found a blank tape, and then waited. He had vigilantly stationed himself by the radio all day long as he cooked, waiting to hear and capture that song. He waited and waited some more, and finally hit the "record" button when the coveted song made its appearance.

He captured it; he captured me again. And ever since, when Nat starts to sing, we dance.


10 comments:

Sarah Reinhard said...

I love Nat King Cole too, Christmas songs or, well, anything.

What a lovely romantic Christmas story. :)

sarah p said...

Oh, so romantic!

Theresa said...

What a wonderful, sweet, romantic, beautiful, lovely story!

Skysaw said...

Big high-five to Atticus. "Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the Church and gave himself up for her."

sarah said...

Thanks for sharing, that is such a beautiful story.

Beck said...

Oh, this is the so lovely. Merry Christmas!

Cara said...

You made me cry!! That was beautiful. A new ipod or cell phone or other trinket would never have brought the joy that this special gift brought to you and to others. Thank you for sharing and have a Blessed Christmas...make sure you play that song and dance!!

Abigail said...

I loved this post! Thank you.

Marybeth Whalen said...

My favorite song by Nat King Cole has to be Stardust... I have it on my Ipod!

Jennifer said...

Oh My!! That's so romantic!