View Full Version : A bit of my Christmas past is no more.

07-02-2015, 05:18 PM
I was saddened to learn that the singer and entertainer Val Doonican has died. Way back in the late 60s and early 70s Christmas wouldn't have been Christmas without watching one of his Christmas specials, usually on Christmas Eve. Once that was over it was away to bed with we small children and to sleep, hopefully to awake to what Santa Claus had brought...

Another cultural landmark; a brick in my wall has gone.

07-02-2015, 06:03 PM
One of the hardest things about getting older is watching those we grew up admiring pass away. Andy Williams' death made me feel the same way.

07-06-2015, 02:31 PM
I think we always consider our childhood memories to hold the true meaning of Christmas. Real trees with tinsel, plenty of snow, Bing Crosby and Andy Williams, hand decorated sugar cookies, snacks for Santa, shopping at Woolworth's, hanging Christmas cards around the door frame - I try to make the same memories for my own kids, but it doesn't seem the same!

07-09-2015, 10:20 AM
I've tried looking up his Christmas specials on YouTube but there is little to be found. This is one non-Christmas clip I found... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lPSBax2QsE

and this is an example of his Christmas singing... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qs4rShp9H2k

07-09-2015, 07:03 PM
He has a very nice voice. I can see why you miss him! His name sounds vaguely familiar, but he is not known here in the USA.

03-31-2018, 12:29 PM
Like so many others here, I grew up with Christmas Specials on TV. Unfortunately, they seem to be a thing of the past. Now and then on PBS, a special will come on. In this case, since so much of the time is spent trying to raise money for PBS (which I understand), I usually will record it so that I can get through the commercial time and back to the entertainment.
I made up my own Christmas CD and just about everyone on it has passed, but when I sit back and close my eyes... there they are "one more time"!!!