See my post on the 1956 Line Material booklet for history about the company and a brief overview of these book/record combos.
This is the fifth of the Line Material Christmas booklets that I’ll be sharing out this season.
I have to say that the tales in this book have a fairly darker tone than those from previous years. There’s a story where the animals fight about who will pull Santa’s sleigh, one where the Littlest Snowman sacrifices himself to make snow for his little town, and the tale of an amateurish Christmas pageant. Perhaps most ominous of all is the tale of a mouse who is brutally devoured by a cat because she didn’t believe in Santa Claus. I have to say that the tone this year doesn’t have the pep of some of the other Line Material releases. Still, it has some charm and is a snapshot of Christmas 1961.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Why Santa Claus Chose the Reindeer (story) – Estella Hitchcock Lane
Jolly Old Saint Nicholas (lyrics) – Traditional
The Mouse That Didn’t Believe In Santa Claus (story) – Eugene Field
The Way Y’Feel Inside (poem) – Unknown
Jest ‘Fore Christmas (poem) – Eugene Field
Silent Night, Holy Night (lyrics) – Joseph Mohr
A Christmas Spectacle (story) – Robert Benchley
The Shepherd’s Tale (poem) – Edith Simpson
Tomorrow she’ll wake… (poem) – Edgar A. Guest
The Littlest Snowman’s Christmas Gift (story) – Charles Tazewell
In The Week When Christmas Comes (poem) – Eleanor Farjeon
The Day That Santa Was Sick (song) – Lyrics by Hugo Buach, Music by John McCarthy, A David Carroll Arrangement
Click the images below to browse a few of the pages of the booklet and see the quality of the great mid-century modern illustrations. (There’s way more to be found in the PDF download below.)
Another musical story from the same folks who produced the previous Line Material Christmas tunes, this year’s track is The Day That Santa Was Sick. The story is quite reminiscent of The Year Without A Santa Claus, which was published as a book by Phyllis McGinley in 1956. I don’t know if the Line Material folks knew the story, but there are certainly parallels.
The flip side is, once again, the original track from the 1957 booklet, Santa’s North Pole Band.
So download the PDF and music files below and enjoy this stroll through Christmas 1961, courtesy of Line Material!
Click the image below to download a zip file with the complete booklet and music. And while you’re there pick up the others that I’ve shared.