"I Told Santa Claus to Bring Me You"

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There are the classic holiday songs which every vocalist has recorded, and then there are the obscure little songs that were recorded only once or twice, without ever catching on. I love both kinds, but I confess there's something special about discovering a new Christmas song I've never heard before.

This charming ditty was performed by the Bernie Cummins Orchestra, featuring Cummins' brother Walter Cummins on vocals. The rhymes may not be sophisticated, but its cheerful optimism and its early-30s dance orchestra sound make it one of my all time favorite holiday songs.

Listen to an excerpt from "I Told Santa Claus to Bring Me You"

I don't want any skates or candy
and a choo choo train will never do,
but in my Christmas letter
I told Santa Claus to bring me you.

Other presents would come in handy.
I could use a little thing or two,
but in my Christmas letter
I told Santa Claus to bring me you.

The jingle bells are ringing
through the hills and dells.
The jingle bells are ringing,
but I would much rather hear those wedding bells.

Everything will be fine and dandy,
and I hope, I hope my hope comes true.
For in my Christmas letter
I told Santa Claus to bring me you.

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