They may run short of Miss Kay’s meatloaf occasionally at Willie’s Duck Diner. And thousands of people who don’t know which end of a duck call to blow into are getting one for Christmas. Someone even asked how long this Duck Mania will last. Even Santa has critics, but tired of Duck Dynasty and the Robertsons? Not me. Bah Humbug, Jack.
Here’s why. You see, I have this hard and fast rule. I don’t do anything Christmas-related before Thanksgiving is over. Ever. I don’t sing Christmas carols. I don’t get out decorations. When I walk in a store and they have all the Christmas stuff out in October, I shop elsewhere.
But I can’t duck reality. I ordered a couple of copies of the First Family of Ducks Christmas CD, “Duck the Halls, A Robertson Family Christmas”. They arrived a while back and have been sitting on the counter, calling me like a fat mallard listening to a hail call over 100 decoys in a flooded, poorly harvested rice field.
One evening this week, I locked wings and dove right in, opened it up, slid it into the player. And I listened to it all the way through. Twice. Bam Bam Bam. They got me.
Here’s one thing you can hang your stocking on this Christmas: The Holiday will never be the same once you’ve listened to “Duck the Halls“. Move over Bing Crosby, Elvis, Nat King Cole, Charlie Brown, Dolly Pardon and Kenny Rogers! There’s a new Christmas “album” in town.
Okay, I admit it. I’m a sucker for Christmas. The little kid in me comes out unashamedly. I’m a sucker for the Robertson’s too, not because of their duck calls or beards or pretty ladies or the fact that they call the same place “home” as we do. It’s because of what they stand for, who they believe in and how they bring REAL reality back to American TV. Real people. Real crazy at times, but real people. Millions of other real people think so, too. God bless us, every one!
But back to “Duck the Halls”. It’s an amazing collection of Christmas songs and tales and this family can really sing (some better than others – thank you Missy, Sadie, Reed and, yes, oh my — Willie, too). Phil Robertson, Miss Kay and George Straight performing “Christmas Cookies”? You’d have to be the Grinch to not like that one. You’ll just have to listen to find out the hidden benefit of eating Christmas cookies all year long!”
And speaking of the Grinch, who better to perform “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” than Uncle Si? The original version called Mr. Grinch a few bad names, but Si’s rendition of “you’re worse than a three decker sauerkraut and toadstool sandwich… with arsenic sauce” is hilarious.
“We wish you a Hairy Christmas” is sure to make you merry. It focuses on the love behind the beards and wishes you a Hairy Christmas and a Happy, Happy Happy New Year (with lines like “hunt down a Christmas tree and blow it up for New Year”). There are traditional Christmas Carols like “Away in a Manger” with Sadie and “Silent Night” with the whole Robertson family. These folks sing from their heart.
One song is sure to bring a tear to your eye and make you include an American Flag in your Christmas decorations. It’s young Reed singing “Camouflage and Christmas Lights”, a tribute to the sacrifices of our soldiers in distant lands standing to protect the freedoms we enjoy every day, not just Christmas.
And finally, my favorite, “Duck the Halls”, a rendition of “Deck the Halls” sung by the entire family but with Jase playing the “Fa-La-La-La-La” part with a….wait for it…. a Duck Call! The man has many talents. I would have liked to see Phil’s face, though, when that was done with one of his Duck Commanders.
Most importantly, the CD focuses on the true meaning of Christmas. The CD closes with a Christmas prayer from the Duck Commander himself. I listened. I laughed. I cried. I worshiped. I enjoyed. And now I’m ready for Christmas and it’s not even Thanksgiving. Who came up with that silly rule about waiting, anyway?