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Today's Commentary --- "Huckabee" preview -- Home for Christmas -- The Chipmunk Song turns 60 -- Christmas miracle -- The Baltic Experience 2019 -- Starting today -- Holding reporters accountable -- Evening Edition -- Daily Verse
A few years ago, inspired by my book “A Simple Christmas,” I asked listeners of my radio show to share their own favorite Christmas memories. While my staffers and I are enjoying some time off with our families, I’m digging into the archives to share some of those wonderful stories again. I hope they’ll add some extra joy to your holiday season.
Home for Christmas
By Mike Huckabee
This story perfectly illustrates how nothing can keep us apart from the ones we love at Christmas.
A listener named Phyllis wrote that it was Christmas Eve, 1942. A young woman was waiting, pregnant and alone, for her husband of 4 months, who'd been drafted into the Army and was training to be a pilot somewhere in the Arizona desert. He had written to her that he couldn't get leave, so they would not be together on their first Christmas as husband and wife. Refusing to let herself get discouraged, she kept a light on in the window as she wrapped a few gifts.
Meanwhile, he was way off in Arizona, quietly reading letters from her, when his sergeant came into the barracks and asked what he was doing there on Christmas Eve. When he heard about the soldier’s pregnant wife, the sarge gave him permission to go home. But that was just the first obstacle down.
The young private grabbed a few belongings and raced to find any way to get back to California. But there were no more trains or buses that night. So he walked to the nearest highway and stuck out his thumb.
Somehow, he hitchhiked 450 miles home. His last ride dropped him off several miles from the cottage where his pregnant wife was. He walked the last few miles in pitch darkness, assuming that at that late hour, his wife would have long since gone to bed. But as he neared the little house, he saw the light shining in the bedroom window.
When he opened the door, he found his darling, still awake and thrilled to be in his arms again. She'd waited up for him, never giving up hope that her dearest would find some way to be home for Christmas. Phyllis wrote, "This true story was told to me by my dad before he passed away in 2000. The young couple were my parents…And I was the baby they were expecting."
I'm glad that Phyllis’ parents' faith in the power of love to overcome all obstacles was passed down to her, and I thank her for passing their family’s cherished story on to us.
The Chipmunk Song turns 60
By Pat Reeder
From "Huckabee" writer and pop culture expert, Pat Reeder (http://www.facebook.com/hollywoodhifibook)...
It's that special time of year when you are either delighted or annoyed (or maybe delighted at first, and then quickly annoyed) at hearing "The Chipmunk Song" everywhere you go ("Christmas, Christmas time is here...") The helium-voiced trio, Alvin, Simon & Theodore, were all voiced by Ross Bagdasarian, the musical impresario whose tinkering with tape speeds had previously given us the novelty hit, "The Witch Doctor." In his regular voice, he played the group's human manager, "David Seville."
"The Chipmunk Song" was released (or unleashed) upon the world in 1958 and quickly went to #1 on the Billboard charts. It won three awards at the very first Grammys and sold 25 million copies by the mid-'60s. It also spawned a Chipmunks industry of albums, TV cartoons, toys and more that thrives to this day. But while most people believe the voices were all recorded in painstaking tape-speed-alerted style by Bagdasarian, in fact, the demand became too great for one man to keep up with.
Now, here as your gift for Christmas and the 60th anniversary of "The Chipmunk Song," the Hollywood Reporter finally pulls back the curtain to reveal the secret history of the Chipmunks, show you how their records were created, and reveal the names and faces of the uncredited "ghost singers" behind the harmonious rodents.
By Mike Huckabee
What do you know, it’s a Christmas miracle! I am in complete agreement with something proposed by Rep-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez!
The Baltic Experience 2019
By Mike Huckabee
I am thrilled to announce an unforgettable trip to the Baltics for the summer of 2019! After many years of the Israel Experiences and our most recent trip the Mediterranean Experience cruise, we are bringing you another phenomenal cruise, the Baltic Experience! This all-inclusive cruise will feature some of the most beautiful places in the Baltic Sea and we will get to travel to and absorb these destinations aboard a luxury cruise ship from the Azamara Cruise line. If you have traveled with us before, you already know that all-inclusive means exactly that and there are no surprises along the way. The Baltic Experience will be no different. And when the weather is often unbearably hot throughout most of the US in August, we will be enjoying the cool and delightful weather that makes travel in the Baltic region perfect. Once again we have the entire ship and will fill our time on board with spectacular entertainment and special guests. In addition to the cruise we have multiple pre and post cruise offerings you can choose from to extend your trip. Our last cruise sold out in record time so we encourage you to get your cabin secured soon. We look forward to traveling with you soon and as always we will work tirelessly and do everything in our control to bring you The Greatest Trip.
See you on the boat,
By Mike Huckabee
Starting today, my staff and I are taking a break to enjoy Christmas and New Years with our families. But never fear, you will continue to receive our daily newsletter. Last year, I shared some wonderful family Christmas stories sent to me by listeners of my former radio show, “The Huckabee Report,” and inspired by my book, “A Simple Christmas.” Response was so positive that this year, I will be sharing more great tales from the treasure trove of true holiday memories sent in by our extended family of Huckabee listeners. Some stories are hilarious, some heartbreaking and some miraculous, but all will fill you with the true spirit of Christmas. I’m sure you’ll enjoy them, and you’ll receive twice daily installments of them all next week.
Incidentally, if they inspire you to want to share your own favorite family Christmas stories with the world, and make sure they are preserved and passed on, please feel free to send me a message. I’d love to read them, and I’m sure others would, too! But be aware that by doing so, you grant me permission to share your story in perpetuity in all forms of media, just as these stories shared by my radio listeners several years ago are now bringing laughter, tears and inspiration to my newsletter and website readers.
Of course, if anything really major happens in the news that I feel I simply have to explain or comment on, I’ll add that to the newsletters as well. But it would have to be real news, and not what passes for news on some 24/7 cable news outlets. For instance, if there’s nothing to talk about but horrible disasters that might happen but actually haven’t yet, or a devastating government shutdown that hardly anyone notices (shouldn’t most government offices be shut down over Christmas anyway?) or that President Trump said something everyone knows to be true but people are outraged because he wasn’t supposed to say it…Well, I will not set down a plate of Christmas ham or stop wrapping gifts for my grandkids to deal with that.
I wish you all a joyous, safe and blessed holiday season! Merry Christmas!
Holding reporters accountable
By Mike Huckabee
Hats off to White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller for refusing to let the media get by with its habitual practice of repeating DNC talking points as if they were accepted fact.
In an appearance Thursday night on CNN, Wolf Blitzer dutifully did the job of a Democratic Party spokesman by repeating their claim that “The Democrats support border security, they don’t support $5 billion for a wall.” But Miller was having none of it. He responded, “Could you identify, Wolf, for me some of the kinds of border security that Democrats say they would support?”
Blitzer simply repeated the talking point that Democrats oppose the wall but favor other border security measures. But Miller fired back, “Like what? With all due respect Wolf, they voted against Kate’s Law, they voted against ending sanctuary cities, they voted against deporting MS-13 gang members, they voted against deporting violent criminals, they voted time and time again against a physical border wall to stop illegal entry…I mean, where is the evidence that you keep asserting that they are for border security? They haven’t been. They opposed closing loopholes for asylum that flood our system with meritless claims, they opposed ending catch-and-release…”
Evening Edition - December 21
By Mike Huckabee
A wrap-up of all the news you might have missed yesterday!
"And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
-- Luke 2:10-14
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