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Christmas With Colonel Sanders

    ‘Tis the season, and you find yourself in the annual ritual of assembling your Christmas gift list. Your wife, as always, insists she doesn’t desire any presents, but you’ve learned over the years that such declarations can be a potential minefield of unspoken expectations. As you ponder the perfect gift, one thing becomes abundantly clear – nothing epitomizes the holiday spirit quite like a bucket of the Colonel’s signature fried chicken.

    As you leaf through a photo album from yesteryears, it strikes you how unlikely it would be for an outsider to fathom that this elderly gentleman was the mastermind behind a fried chicken empire. In these snapshots, there’s not a trace of the iconic white suit, no hint of his culinary empire, just a kindly-looking man who could easily be mistaken for someone holding a colossal cup of eggnog, adorned with a festive red bow on top.

    The association of Christmas with Colonel Sanders, however, comes with a bittersweet irony. While many people indulge in his finger-licking good chicken during the holiday season, it’s a time when the feathered friends may not be celebrating as joyfully. The festive cheer for humans and the feathered residents of the Colonel’s menu might not align, making Christmas with Colonel Sanders a somewhat conflicted experience.

    Song Listing:

    Out of the East (Charley Pride)

    Sleigh Ride (Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops)

    Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (John Gary)

    Good King Wenceslas (Morton Gould with the RCA Symphony)

    O Holy Night (Kate Smith)

    Mary’s Little Boy Child (Harry Bellafonte with Millard Thomas; Frantz Casseus, Guitars)

    Jingle Bell Rock (Chet Atkins)

    Merry Christmas Neighbor (Lorne Greene, The Cartwrights Ben, Hoss, and Little Joe)

    My Favorite Things (Peter Nero)

    The First Noel (Sergio Franchi arranged and conducted by Marty Gold)

    I’ll Be Home for Christmas (Lana Cantrell)

    Carol For Another Christmas (Henry Mancini and His Orchestra)

    Tony M.