As a child, I knew it was officially Christmas when it was time to go to the airport to pick up my Aunt Bette, who flew in from Chicago each year to spend the holidays with us in Phoenix. Of course, those were the days when you could literally walk up to the gate to wait for your loved ones. I would scan each face and look for the familiar glasses, reddish-blonde hair, and many years a Santa hat. Then – she would appear! I ran to hug her and we walked back to my mom together.
Aunt Bette always brought some little gift with her that she gave to me at the airport. It must have been 1990 or 1991 when the airport gift turned out to be this cassette tape: Crew X’s “The Christmas Rap.” This was, most definitely, my first encounter with “rap” music, and I LOVED THIS TAPE. I wore this sucker out year, after year, after year.
As I grew up and cassette tapes have now been all but eliminated, I had not thought about the Christmas Rap musical bonanza in some time. Yet, as December 25th nears, the familiar lyrics begin to bounce around in my head, stoking those emotional response that only brilliant lyrics like these could:
“Christmas rap is the First Noel. Born is the King of Israel.”
You’ll thank me later. The “12 Days of Christmas” is also amazing. Thank you, YouTube.