Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Faded Charm’s White Wednesday


        As a little girl growing up on a ranch miles from town, during the era of AM radio, I only heard one version, and one version only , of White Christmas.

         White Christmas=Bing Crosby

        My mother played it on her console stereo every Christmas season.  Remember the stereos that were part of a piece of furniture, fabric speaker fronts and all?

        I was raised to value and care for the tip of a record player needle, placing it perfectly in the tiny groove before the next song on the album began.

        I can still hear that quiet scratchiness, signifying that something wonderful was going to begin.

        It was a sort of magical, musical ‘on your mark’.


        I just asked my husband what day it was, and he said Wednesday.  I missed the party , but I still wanted to share. Does anyone else lose track of the time?

        Isn’t that wonderful?



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Theresa said...

Gorgeous ornaments and thoughts! I could hear the record playing in your words:) Have a blessed evening!

Anonymous said...

Hi Laura! Oh what beautiful decorations! I love White Christmas by Bing. It was his song! My family had that stereo you're talking about! Loved my albums.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Amy said...

Boy you just took me down memory lane. Almost forgot about records, record players and needles.
Lovely white ornaments!

Marie said...

Beautiful white loveliness, and it's still Wednesday! I love those ornaments, so sweet!
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blushing rose said...

OMG! You have my ornaments, chuckle! I love those pearl drops ... tree is smothered in them.

Bing Crosby sang to us constantly White Christmas
as we were growing up ... what a crooner.

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Rebecca Nelson said...

I never know what day it is. :)

I love Mr. Bing! I also love the scratchy old records and vinyls. My auntie had a big old stereo console thingy. She always had the most romantic music playing. A good memory for me and I've never forgotten the ambiance. I seek it out daily in my own home.

Thanks for sharing...I NEED YOUR ADDRESS! Don't forget!


Jennsmere said...

Hey Laura,
What a lovely picture you painted! The ornaments are beautiful and I still can hear that quiet scratchiness of the record starting to play...there was something comforting in that sound that you just don't hear in our crystal clear sound of today.

Bless you,

trash talk said...

No home was complete without that piece of "furniture"! I also remember Daddy taping a penny to the arm to make the needle last longer. My Bing favorite was "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town"! I loved singing along especially the line "I mean the big fat man with the long white beard"! Makes me smile even now.
I'm looks like you've got your decorating well in hand!

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Yep, I grew up with one of those stereos too....and sadly, I'm old enough to say that I had one as a young married too. Whew, that was a LONG time ago.

Love your whites....beautiful as always.

Warm blessings,

From the Old InkWell said...

Laura, beautiful creamy white decor! Great photos too!

Anonymous said...

Oh, you brought back such memories! That "scratch" truly made my heart beat a bit faster in anticipation of the music. Beautiful white ornaments.

Joy Tilton said...

You described perfectly the charm of that phonograph and hearing the music it played. Your decorations are pure delight, just like snow!

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Beautiful, bringing wonderful memories....

Thank you...

Lou Cinda

Jo said...

What a wonderful post ~ I love all your whites. It's the theme I'm going with this Christmas season.


Beeutiful by Design said...

We had one of those stereos too and were never allowed to open it and load the records, my Mom always did. Now a days you couldn't give those things away. I'm sure my kids would think they were something from Mars! Lovely post.


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