Christmas carols bring different tidings to different listeners


Celia Broadhead, Mack Brooks, McDonald Campbell, Janice Crose, Victor Everett, and Ryan Vance listed some of their favorite Christmas carols.

BRIAN HUGHES | News Bulletin
Published: Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 02:36 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Whether it’s “Joy to the World” or “Deck the Halls,” secular or spiritual, Bing Crosby or the Trans-Siberia Orchestra, ’tis the season for Christmas music — and everybody has a favorite.

A diverse group of north county residents shared their favorites. Most burst into song as he or she reminisced about what made the piece special.

Mack Brooks

The proprietor of Mack Brooks’ Barbershop — the longest continuously operating business on Main Street —said his favorite Christmas song is “Blue Christmas.”

“Back when I was a little boy, ‘Santy Claus is Coming to Town’ was good, too,” Brooks, also an artist and bluegrass fiddler, said.

However, “Blue Christmas,” which Elvis Presley made popular, has a deeper, more special meaning for the octogenarian.

“That ‘Blue Christmas,’ it was back during the war when that song was written and a lot of the boys had left home. A lot of us boys in Baker were pretty close. The first boy from Florida who was killed in the war was a Baker boy. He went down on the ‘Reuben James.’”

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