If you remember this song from childhood, and then remember being surprised/annoyed/bereft when it suddenly disappeared from the annual broadcast, you're probably about my age, more or less two-score-and-ten.
Yes, it's "My World is Beginning Today," aka "Love Theme from Santa Claus is Comin' to Town", a high point for us "sensitive" kids who were enthralled with it from the time it was first aired to a waiting nation in 1970. Personally, I think it's rivaled only by "There's Always Tomorrow," the similarly haunting number from 1964's Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, as the obligatory touching moment in a holiday special. If nothing else, the snog would appear to be (based only on my informal survey of friends and acquaintances over the years) among the more reliable methods of predicting future fabulousness: the more you it made you cry at 10, the likelier you are today to be an urbane, cosmopolitan Confirmed Bachelor (or, these days, Happy Husband) of Artistic Tastes.
Maybe we knew our own towns would turn against us at some point; maybe we dreamed of a hunky ginger who happens along to steal us away; maybe we just envied the bustle. Whatever it was, someone in the song made a lasting impact, and one wonders if it was more than just the need to cram in more commercials that put it on the chopping block after only a few years. It's more than a little startling, in retrospect, to think think that a children's special would advocate that respectable women throw it all away to run off with a roughneck - a Christmas fable that suddenly morphs into Picnic.
Well, whatever the reason it went away, thank the gods of YouTube that we have it back.
The singer, by the way, is one Robie Lester, a prolific voice-over artist, especially at Disney, where she was among other things Eva Gabor's singing voice. I think she's terrific. This is one lost childhood moment that more than holds up. Enjoy...