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An Old Christmas Card Christmas Song

An Old Christmas Card

Year: 1963

Written By: Vaughn Horton

Jim Reeves may have died at just 40 years old but he left behind a rich country music legacy. Every time I think of Reeves I picture him dressed in a wooly jumper on the sleeve of a slightly worn vinyl record. That's mostly because my mam cherished his 'Twelve Songs of Christmas', and it was such a part of my childhood Christmases I think I do too.

Reeves may have been country to the core but he had the voice to usher in a traditional Christmas sound that just conjured that paper decoration smell. A time when people rarely threw away their Christmas cards, with each new December offering the chance to look back on browning memories from Christmases past. And it is this forgotten practice that Reeves taps into on 'An Old Christmas Card'. Of course it's sentimental and might seem like an odd practice in today's materialism but listen to Reeves during the spoken word part of this song and you'll realise that in losing these festive relics we may be losing a little bit of our joyous past.

Predictably Reeve's quiet classic proved too much of a temptation for the soft country tones of Daniel O'Donnell to resist. His tribute in 1994 does exactly what a thousand of his other songs do, but to be fair he did at least don a bright colourful jumper for the occasion of his 'Christmas With Daniel' album.



 

An Old Christmas Card Lyrics

There's an Old Christmas Card in an old dusty trunk
And it brings back sweet mem'ries dear to me
'Tho it's faded and worn, it's as precious as the morn
When I found it 'neath our first Christmas tree

I thrill with every word, every line
Guess I'm always sentimental 'round this time
Pardon me if a tear falls among my Christmas cheer
It's the mem'ry of an Old Christmas Card

You know, I don't know why I get to feeling sentimental about this
time, every year. But every time I see a Christmas card, I somehow
can't help reminiscing. About the very first Christmas that you and
I spent together. What a beautiful Christmas card you gave me that
year. Why, I know you must have looked through thousands of cards
to find that wonderful poem that still brings a tear to my eyes

I thrill with every word, every line
Guess I'm always sentimental 'round this time
Pardon me if a tear falls among my Christmas cheer
It's the mem'ry of an Old Christmas Card
 

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