CHARLESTON, W.Va. - If you'd like proof that Christmas is the time of miracles, look no further than your nearest radio.
Come tomorrow, there should be at least one station playing a steady stream of holiday tunes. And if you give a listen, you're going to be hearing a playlist that sounds nothing short of miraculous.
Artists who haven't had a sniff of airplay in 50 years have their back catalogue brought back to life and are in vogue again for about 24 hours.
In wonderful monaural sound, Gene Autry, Perry Como and Judy Garland settle in for a broadcast visit with seasonal favorites about red-nosed reindeer, being home for the holidays and merry little Christmases.
(If you're not familiar with these singers, shame on you and get up your YouTube.)
Part of the miracle is the amazing democracy of the day. Musical legends like Ella Fitzgerald share space with one-hit novelty acts like Elmo & Patsy (of "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" fame).
Arguments get settled: Elvis vs. The Beatles? There's a reason "Blue Christmas" still gets played and Beatles Fan Club seasonal releases like "Christmas Time is Here Again" remain safely in obscure collections. The King wins this round hands-down.
Speaking of Beatles, even the John vs. Paul debate finds some closure. McCartney's silly "Wonderful Christmastime" collaboration with his missus, Linda, can't hold a candle to "Happy Xmas (War is Over)" by the late Mr. Lennon.
And as the lion lies down with the lamb, so too, does the secular coexist with the spiritual, jazz with country, and classical with Singing Dogs.