Christmas as a special time for small children. Many small children need Christmas, especially those who suffer in an often unkind world. It also comes at a dark and cold time of the year. Children who need Christmas the most aren’t hard to please. My mother told me of a Christmas where she got a stocking which included a few fresh oranges. It was her happiest Christmas present ever.
In her biography of Gene Autry, Holly George-Warren wrote that Autry heard the screams of small children, “Here Comes Santa Claus,” when he was riding in the Hollywood Santa Claus Parade and it inspired him to write and sing Christmas songs and to take a more active interest in small children afterwards. These were among his best selling records.
Here Comes Santa Claus(1946), was number 5 on the Country Charts and number 9 on the Popular Music Charts. Lyric written by Gene Autry and music by Oakley Haldeman
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His biggest hit was Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer(1949), which was number 1 on both charts. The children loved it. This song was written by Johnny Marks.
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