Every year I dream, 2016

Merry Christmas, everyone! I wish you pleasant dreams tonight, and joy in the morning.

Me in 1958, already dreaming my Christmas dream

That’s me in 1958, already dreaming my Christmas dream

Lyrics from the song A Christmas Dream by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice
Recorded by Perry Como
(You can listen to the song and see some beautiful Christmas photos here.)

Watch me now, here I go, all I need’s a little snow
Starts me off, sets the theme, helps me dream my Christmas dream
Every year I dream it, hoping things will change
An end to the crying, the shouting, the dying

And I hope you will dream it too
It’s Christmas, remember?  We’ve got to remember
The whole world needs a Christmas dream
We need it to warm us, to calm us, to love us
To help us to dream our Christmas dream.

I fell in love with this song instantly, on first hearing a bit of it in the movie The Odessa File in 1974.  I searched for a copy of it for years until I finally found it online.  I have listened to it countless times, every Christmas season since.  For me, it captures so many of the emotions I feel at this time every year.  It’s filled with the optimistic merriment of Christmas, but acknowledges wistfully that so many things are not as they should be.  I hope this song will help you dream a few dreams of your own.


  1. Christmas Blessings, Julia.
    Thanks for sharing this beautiful song.

    • You’re welcome, Merry. I’m happy you enjoyed it! You put the MERRY in Christmas!! 😀 (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.)

  2. Steve Bodiford

    Julia ,
    A lot can be found in a picture… I see a little girl surrounded by a very clean house, an epic Christmas Tree that is real or, it could not be epic 🙂 With all those beautiful lights and tinsel, the smell of that gift covering tree would carry throughout the house. And there beside it was the little magic box with yester-year’s Christmas programs played on 3 channels only. Almost guaranteeing that no matter the program something positive, wholesome, and musically endearing, would add to the entire seasonal ambiance. A beautiful childhood visual indeed Julia.
    However, your nod to the Odessa File and the song within brought a big Christmas smile to me. One of my favorite cloak & dagger films ! But, you now force me to revisit it and listen to the little song again. Thank you for bringing those words to mind and for caring enough to uplift all of us when, for many who might have only cared enough to lift themselves up, you go the extra mile for others.

    Merry Christmas Julia… May God gift your heart a peace and joy like no other Christmas before!

    • Was that not a great movie, Steve? Very underrated, in my opinion. Have you read the book? That movie and book were responsible for my becoming a huge fan of Frederick Forsyth. Another great one he wrote not long after that was The Devil’s Alternative. Reading Forsyth put me onto reading a few titles from Ken Follett, Robert Ludlum, Tom Clancy and John le Carré, none of whom I liked as well as Forsyth (although le Carré is considered a better writer than the others, I think). I like Ken Follett’s Pillars of the Earth series too. But I digress. Thanks for your encouragement; I really appreciate it. Hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday!

  3. Cherie

    Julia, I pray each day for everyone to dream a Christmas dream of peace and hope. Merry Christmas to you and all your family and friends! Love and Light. Cherie

    • Thank you Cherie! Merry Christmas to you too (and thanks for the lovely card). As always, I value your friendship and prayers. Hope your new year is full of blessings.

  4. That’s a beautiful dream, Julia. And such a cute photo of you as a child. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

    • Thank you, Marlene. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

  5. Merry Christmas and thank you for sharing your memories of the song. Thinking of you and your family this Christmas.

    • Thank you, N. I appreciate your encouragement and your presence here. Happy 2017 to you!

  6. Good Morning Julia! Just like that precious little girl, I hope you’re Christmas will offer you some magical moments. When will you be on your way to those grande babies? We are getting that winter snow today that you might be dreaming about. I’m going out to sweep and shovel shortly. Check your FB later for a little video I’ll take just for you . The TV in your photo is so nostalgic and brings back my own memories of tv time around our ONE b&w unit. We couldn’t watch too many programs becasue it got hot and the vertical hold would start rolling, LOL. But then there weren’t too many programs on to watch. Only two channels in our city until I was about 14. Then we got one more channel. I do think there’s magic out there this time of year. I just saw a sweet story about a girl who put her wishes into a balloon and let it go into the sky. It landed in Indiana and the family that found it, filled her wish list. Isn’t that joyful?! I loved it. I love you too, Merry Christmas dear friend ❤ ❤ Kelly

    • Kelly, as you know by now, I love that video. I have certainly never had a “winter wonderland” greeting created just for me!

      Boy, does that vertical hold reference bring back memories! Remember that old test pattern too? And did you know there was actually a musical group called Vertical Hold? Clever name for a band, I think.

      I totally love the story about the balloon. When I was a kid I used to want to do that type of thing, but helium-filled balloons were few and far between in those days. I also love the message-in-a-bottle stories, and actually tried that myself once or twice, but was too young to know that dropping a bottle in a small pond was not likely to enable it to travel very far, hee-hee. I guess my love of sending letters and cards via postal mail is a variant of that.

      Thanks again for the wonderful video Greeting. Sending lots of love and wishes for a wonderful holiday season — may the snow melt before you tire of it! ❤

      • OMGosh, I do remember that test pattern. From so so long ago. I’m not sure why we’d watch it for any length of time, maybe something came on early in the morning. I’m laughing at that wish for melting snow. Truth is, I tire of it pretty quickly after Christmas. LOL xo ❤

        • I remember that hilarious Cheech an Chong routine where Cheech tells Chong he’s watching an Indian movie and Chong says “That’s not an Indian movie, man, that’s a TEST PATTERN! My memory of it was that we would watch it while waiting for the old Johnny Weissmuller Tarzan movies to come on. That was the first show on Saturdays, I think.

          • Weren’t we easy to entertain? Hahaha, “there you go kids, test pattern’s on. Don’t sit to close to the set, you’ll go blind.” Ahhhh, the golden years 😀

            I’d never heard that Cheech and Chong routine, but that’s a good one. Now, if our tv sits idle for any length of time, we get a green screen.

            Hey?! Did you ever see ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’. We watched it last Saturday. I want to see it again and again. Super whimsical. Includes; Ralph Fiennes, Adrian Brody, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldbloom, William Defo, Jude Law, Faces you know will continually show up. It’s set in the 30’s and early 40’s. It was so much fun.

            • That movie was on mine and Jeff’s “to watch” movie list, which we never got more than one or two titles checked off. We were usually so tired at night, all we could manage was an hour of Downton Abbey (but I’m so glad we enjoyed that entire series together). You have just reminded me of a movie I want to watch. I’ll try to get it in during the next week, before school starts up again. I need some “fun” right now! Thanks for the recommendation!

              • LB

                Well, hello my friends!
                Julia, I loved this post and thank you for sharing the lyrics.
                I also loved eavesdropping on your conversation with Kelly. Test patterns and balloons. Could be the title of a song.
                It is New Year’s Eve, Julia, and my thoughts are with you. Know that you are loved!

                • Thank you, Laurie. I could eavesdrop all day on Kelly’s conversations with anybody. She adds sugar and spice to life! You are always welcome to chime in anywhere, anytime! 🙂

                  • oh youuuuuuu spoil me ❤ ❤ ❤

  7. MaryAnn Clontz

    A lovely, beautiful, little girl who grew to be a charming, lovely, beautiful lady who loves her Lord! My friend: Julia! Merry Christmas to “my” Dentons! Sending much love!

    • Aw, thank you Mary Ann. Merry Christmas to you and all your family!

  8. Sheila

    And I looked in my handbag,
    In search once again..
    There tucked in a pocket
    “Flight Floss” from Jeff Denton.

    Never far from my heart,

    Merry Christmas! 🎄🎄❤️🎅🏼🏖🐾🐥🎄🎄

    • Thank you, Sheila. ❤

  9. Amy

    Merry Christmas sweet friend. What a lovely song. One of my favorite Christmas quotes is this, “There are many things from which I might have derived good, by which I have not profited, I dare say,’ returned the nephew. ‘Christmas among the rest. But I am sure I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round—apart from the veneration due to its sacred name and origin, if anything belonging to it can be apart from that—as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys. And therefore, uncle, though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pocket, I believe that it has done me good, and will do me good; and I say, God bless it!”
    ― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol — This too makes me think that a that long time ago and now there is hope for a better world. A world with a savior and a world where people think of others first. Of course tonight, “I’m dreaming tonight, of a place I know…” I love you dear friend. Thank you for sharing this lovely song and a beautiful thought. May all your dreams be sweet. God bless you.

    • Amy

      PS. Great photo. Made me smile. What a happy, lovely girl. 🙂

      • Thank you. 😀

    • Thank you, Amy, for sharing one of my favorite quotes. Even when I was young, it impressed me to hear Dickens’ description of humanity as “fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.” May you and your family be blessed abundantly in 2017!

  10. Harry Sims

    Thank the Lord for this day and for all that is in it.
    My times are in His hand.
    My soul rests with Him, my Anamchara.

    I went web surfing the other day and wound up in the jungles of Sri Lanka and guess what I discovered.
    Just click here ( https://youtu.be/u_DJ74LjzS8 ) and you will see.

    This joyful spirit is universal.

    • Harry, thanks so much for sharing that delightful video! It brought a big smile to my face.

  11. Sheila

    Good morning, Julia. ☕🎅🏻🎄🎁🐥🐾☕ MERRY CHRISTMAS. I hope my greetings (even in a small way) will let you know how much you mean to me and so many. Thank you for making my Christmas so special, moving me to tears! With our love, Sheila and Bill

    • Sheila, saying “thank you” to you doesn’t begin to cover it for me! I think of you often, with gratitude and love. Blessings to you and Bill this holiday season! Hope Bill is feeling good as new (or at least “good as guaranteed reconditioned”) very soon. ❤

  12. Wishing you peace and joy on this wonderful day, dear Julia!

    • Thank you Bindu! Peace and joy to you too. I’m so happy you are here!

  13. Ann

    I love this photo! The tree with the carefully place tinsel, the TV set and You! Thanks for sharing 🎄🎄🎄❤

    • Thank you, Ann. That TV set is so strange, yet so familiar-looking to many of us. Hope you have a wonderful holiday season. ❤

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