“The Christmas Song” Performed By The Jackson Five” (1970)

December 24, 2009


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This song is from the third LP released by the J5 in 1970: a holiday set that they had to sneak off to the studio and record since their  mother, of the Jehovah Witness faith, did not allow Christmas celebrations.

You may not agree that this is the best Motown rendition of “The Christmas Song” but it happens to be the most memorable version for me.

As a teen I , like most teen girls, was in love with the Jackson Five.  Michael was the cutest,  but to me Jermaine was a smooth singer and my fantasy beau:  since he was closest in age to me I suppose in my mind I had assumed that he was the most attainable. Of course once he married Hazel Gordy I was through with Jermaine and set my sights on the “older man” Jackie. ;-)

Watching the “Jackson Family Dynasty” mini seris these past two Sundays,  and seeing the J4 personalities as grown men, let me know I made the right decision in dumping Jermaine as a teen. (LOL)

Nevertheless, Jermaine’s lead vocal on this song takes me back to a special time when both my parents and maternal grandparents would spend Christmas together. All four are gone now –  but at least this song remains for me and it will always make me feel that special time in my life.

Mrs. Jackson, if you ever read this, please know that this album is special to millions of people and that your boys most assuredly did the right thing when they disobeyed you to record this classic.

Happy Holidays.

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