Song About Wild Christmas Displays Goes Wild Judy Pancoast, a children's songwriter and entertainer, talks about a Christmas song she wrote that is gaining popularity online. The song describes the crazy house that is covered with thousands of blinking lights, reindeer, inflatable snowmen and a Santa Claus that says, "Ho, ho, ho!"

Song About Wild Christmas Displays Goes Wild

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(Soundbite of ringing)


This is what you get when you call Judy Pancoast' cell phone. She lives in New Hampshire. You call his cell phone, you get this message.

Ms. JUDY PANCOAST (Songwriter): (Singing) It's the most wonderful time of the year.

Hi, this is Judy and I'm so glad you called. I probably just didn't hear the phone ring because I'm playing Christmas music really loud.

CHADWICK: Yes, and one of her Christmas songs is actually taking off. It's a song about the house and you know the one. You could comfortably read a book in front of this place at midnight because of all the light casts from the 50,000 bulbs that are glowing there.

The Holy Family is settled in the front lawn, Santa's leading a reindeer across the roof.

(Soundbite of song, "The House on Christmas Street")

Ms. PANCOAST: (Singing) Let me tell you about this house, there's one in every town. It's the one at Christmas time where folks are gathered round.

CHADWICK: This song is called "The House on Christmas Street" and Judy Pancoast joins us now from New Hampshire. Judy, thank you and how long have you had the idea for this song?

Ms. PANCOAST: Well, I would have to say the original genesis came when I was just a young girl growing up in Waterville, Maine. And I saw the very first, quote, unquote, "house on Christmas Street in my hometown." It was outrageous. We had never seen a house that was decorated to the max, the way this house was. And it seemed like everybody in town gathered at this house to see these lights and moving Santa Claus, there's some singing angels and so on. And then through the years, as I grew and moved around, I noticed that there was indeed one in every town, just about a house like this where people would pack up the kids and let's go see the house that's got all the lights.

CHADWICK: Have you heard from anyone who has heard your song and said, hey, that' about my house?

Ms. PANCOAST: Oh, my gosh, well, yes.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Ms. PANCOAST: I have actually heard from a ton of people. Last year in 2006, my husband was fooling around on the Internet, Googling various names of my songs and he Googled "The House on Christmas Street" and came up with a video of a house in the Midwest where the fellow who owned the house had decorated it to the hills and you could drive up to this house and tune in your car radio to a certain frequency, a low-range frequency and hear my song, "The House on Christmas Street."

And it would play and the lights would blink in synch with the song. And it was the most amazing thing I'd ever seen, it blew me away and as the Christmas season approach, we begin finding videos online of houses all over the country that were playing my song.

CHADWICK: Wait now, do you mean to tell me that you have become a national phenomenon with this song and people are decorating their houses to your music all across the country now and that somebody is franchising this?

Ms. PANCOAST: Yes, it's become the most famous Christmas song that you don't hear on the radio. You'll hear it at a house near you.

(Soundbite of laughter)

CHADWICK: You're going to really take off after you're on DAY TO DAY. This is…

Ms. PANCOAST: I'm hoping, I am hoping. When I heard that you had two million plus listeners, my hair stood on end.

(Soundbite of laughter)

CHADWICK: Oh, it makes my hair standing on end too.

Ms. PANCOAST: If my song becomes a Christmas hit, then I can die happy.

(Soundbite of laughter)

CHADWICK: Judy Pancoast, that song is "The House on Christmas Street." You heard it here on DAY TO DAY. Judy, thank you so much.

Ms. PANCOAST: Thank you, Alex.

(Soundbite of song, "The House on Christmas Street")

Ms. PANCOAST: (Singing) (unintelligible) the sparkle in your eyes, in your eyes. Because it's got 47,000 twinkling lights, and Santa Claus up on the roof, Dasher and Dancer and all the other reindeer, Rudolph up there too. With the band of merry snowman dancing on the porch, and a couple of carolers singing by the lamppost, children at the front door. Jesus and his family and a (unintelligible) on the lot and the choirs and the angels singing "Silent Night" till dawn, where everybody meets, it's the house on Christmas Street.

CHADWICK: DAY TO DAY is production of NPR News with contributions from Merry Christmas from DAY TO DAY. I'm Alex Chadwick.

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