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Dec. 25-27: Helen Steiner Rice adapted a German folk tale into a poem she titled “The Story of the Christmas Guest.” It was set to music in the 1960s by Nashville arranger Bill Walker, who shares writer’s credit on “The Christmas Guest” with Grandpa Jones and his wife, Ramona Jones. This is a favorite of mine from country’s Christmas canon.

Others have recorded the recitation, including Johnny Cash, Reba McEntire and Andy Griffith, but Everybody’s Grandpa offers the best reading I’ve heard. Enjoy it in good health, and have a Merry Christmas. 3 Chords a Day will return on Monday.

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