With Thanksgiving come and gone, it’s officially the Christmas season, and last year I decided to start a tradition here on the blog of sharing Christmas music from my vast collection, and started with California Christmas numbers. This year I decided to pull some of the western tunes to share with you today!
“Santa Got Lost in Texas” by Michael Landon
One day I hit the vintage Christmas record jackpot when I found Christmas on the Ponderosa, a album featuring songs sang by the cast of Bonanza in character, in it, this gem about how a cattleman helps Santa has become one of my favorites for the Christmas season.
“A Rootin’ Tootin’ Santa Claus” by Tennessee Ernie Ford
I Love Lucy was my first introduction to Tennessee Ernie Ford, and I am continually charmed by this voice, and this cowboy Santa tune is perfect for a western Christmas.
“Christmas Carols by the Old Corral” by Tex Ritter
I think I first heard this song during the holiday season in Frontierland, and quickly added it to my Christmas playlist, it paints a wonderful picture of cowboys bundled in leather and wool while singing carols.
“Ole Tex Kringle” by Tex Ritter
Also played at Frontierland, this song also offers a wonderful image of a cowboy-ified Santa Claus.
“I’m Gonna Lasso Santa Claus” by Brenda Lee
A fun little number that isn’t super western, but provides the vibe of children loving westerns in the 50s.
“The Night before Christmas (In Texas That Is)” by Gene Autry
Hollywood’s singing cowboy gives us a Texas-ified version of the classic “The Night Before Christmas.”
“Merry Texas Christmas You All” by Gene Autry
Like California, Texas doesn’t have a classic white Christmas, and this number hits home for those living in sunnier states.
“Christmas on the Plains” by Roy Rogers & Dale Evans
Roy Rogers and Dale Evans are the the quintessential western couple, and this song features them both, it is also featured in Frontierland during the holiday season.
“The Reindeer Boogie” by Hank Snow
A Christmas spin on the classic number “The Freight Train Boogie.”
The Cowboys’ Christmas Ball by The Killers
In 1890 William Lawrence Chittenden wrote a poem called “The Cowboys Christmas Ball” and later it was turned into a song, but this version by The Killers is by far the best. Their version includes some lyrical changes, most notably changing the setting from Texas to Nevada, because The Killers love their home town of Las Vegas.
I hope you now have some new tunes to help you get in the holiday spirit!!