You probably remember the sights of the twinkling lights, the wonderful scents as the food cooked, the sound of laughter as family celebrated together and the classic Christmas songs that created a special holiday environment.
Hearing those old tunes from days gone by can trigger a trip down memory lane. Today, children all over the world love those same tunes and as the years pass, those memories will be shared with a new generation of children.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was (and is still) one of the top favourites. Remember how happy you were when Rudolph triumphed and ending up helping Santa Clause guide the sleigh safely through the night with that bright, glowing nose? That song is much loved by children everywhere thanks to the story told in the lyrics.
And how about Frosty the Snowman? As kids, we all imagined dancing with Frosty in the street and singing happily about having fun like he suggested. It was more than just a song back then - in our childish imaginations, Frosty was real and we all delighted in hearing a song about him. (Now a whole new generation love snowmen thanks to Olaf in Disney's "Frozen"!)
How many of us were good little boys and girls because we'd heard what was said in Santa Claus is Coming to Town? We knew he had that list and he was checking it (twice) to see what kind of children we'd been all year - naughty or nice.
The catchy tune of Jingle Bells is a song that we used to listen to. You could almost see the sleigh, feel the impatience of the horse stomping the snow packed ground and feel the bite of the winter air against the tip of your nose.
We could identify with the Let It Snow song as we stood at the window in childlike wonder as the fat flakes of snow turned our ordinary world in a magical one.
And then there are those 70s classics that we still belt out at parties, like Slade's
Merry Xmas Everybody, with Noddy Holder showing how gravel would sing if gravel could sing! And Roy Wood, the original Wizzard before Harry Potter, and the hit song I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday, complete with childrens' choir in the background.
Those classic Christmas songs we knew and loved played an important role in shaping our memories of this cherished holiday. Be sure to sing some of the lyrics to those much loved songs with your children and grandchildren and share those precious holiday memories.