This morning proved to be quite the entertaining car ride for Lily and me. I usually have the radio on, in the hopes that Lil will enjoy the music and it helps pass the time, especially if she happens to be a bit fussy. Today the station was taking requests for holiday music, and wouldn’t you know it, someone requested the Christmas classic, I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas. I’ll admit, this was a song I don’t recall having heard before; but it has a fun, catch jingle to it. And Lily loved it. As the song played, I looked back in the mirror and saw Lily, almost violently swaying from side to side (almost slamming side to side), and clapping her hands wildly. No doubt she loved this song. The next thing I know, my head is swaying side to side, which only encouraged Lily to dance harder. By the time we arrived to daycare we were both laughing and giggling and a bit sore in the neck.
I thought it’d be appropreate to share this fun song with you, so sit back and enjoy the Christmas classic, I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas.
For you history buffs out there, he is some information I found out about the song.
A children’s favorite, “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” features words and music by John Rax and was originally performed in 1953 by Gayle Peevey. Peevey, besides recording ”Hippo” and its flip side, ”Are my Ears on Straight?”, also recorded several other novelty songs, including ”Angel in a Christmas Play”, ”Got a Cold in my Node for Christmas”, and others. At the time of its release, the “Hippo” song was used by the Oklahoma City Zoo to raise nickels and dimes from youngsters to bring a new hippopotamus to the zoo. The public relations ploy worked and the zoo soon got a hippo who they named Matilda.
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