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Do You Hear What I Hear?

It was 73 and sunny, still two weeks before Thanksgiving, and I was stuck in traffic on the 405. Over the car radio a DJ on KOST-FM was extolling the “holiday spirit.” Then he played “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” by Gene Autry - a song so old that it doesn’t rouse spirits so much as it conjures ghosts of Christmas past.
Autry, Burl Ives, Karen Carpenter and, of course, Bing Crosby: you don’t hear them much except during the ever-expanding period we like to call The Holiday Season. It begins whenever stations like KOST and merchants like Walmart ...

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