Who is the Christmas Whistler?

So, who is the Christmas Whistler? That is something that I hope you will be able to tell me. If you would please, let me tell you a story...

While I was growing up in Port Washington, Wisconsin back in the 60s and the 70s my family and I had many traditions. Traditions like a huge Thanksgiving meal with all my grand parents, aunts, uncles, and what seemed like a thousand cousins. Another tradition was the annual Fish Day (photos) celebration that is billed as the "World's largest one day outdoor fish fry." A phrase that my Uncle Dan came up with to prove that if you add enough adjectives to a noun you can make anything sound unique (smile).

And another, was Christmas.

Christmas was a wondrous series of events. It would start with the Morauski family stopping by our home for a visit on Christmas eve.

Christmas morning would be when the gifts would be opened. This would never start as soon as I would like it... (frown)... but the family did need their sleep (smile). The gifts would be opened in an orderly fashion one at a time. We would start a roaring fire in the fireplace to warm the air and as a convenient place to burn all the wrapping paper. At the end of that active event Dad would always be heard to exclaim, "This was another bountiful Christmas!" It always was.

For lunch my Grandmothers would join us in the formal dining room for a few hours.

And, that evening we would have a round-robin with my Dad's brothers. The first home would be for hors d'oeuvres. The second for dinner. And the third for desert.

Life was great.

With all of this coming and going something as insignificant as a phone call might have gone unnoticed. But, this was no ordinary phone call. This was a phone call from the Christmas Whistler!

The phone would ring sometime Christmas day. We would answer the phone with a, "Hello, Smith's. Merry Christmas!" Then, the Christmas Whistler would proceed to, well, whistle. The song would last for just a minute or two. Enough time for you to yell, "It's the Christmas Whistler!!!" and pass the phone from ear to eager ear.

Over the years we have tried to, in a good natured way, figure out who is the Christmas Whistler. But, we have never figured it out. The Christmas Whistler has called us off and on for around 40 years. The calls are still coming today. Here is what we know:
  • The Christmas Whistler is a good whistler that can carry a tune. Not a great whistler, but good.
  • The calls have been happening since 1960!
  • It is most always a common Christmas song like Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer or Silent Night.
Here is the known history of the Christmas Whistler calls. I am not logging this information to discover who the Christmas Whistler is, only to record all available lore. As you can tell most of the Christmas Whistler 'history' has been oral in nature and lost over the years. 2004-Feb marks this first attempt to document the lore of the Christmas Whistler 'on paper'.
Date To Comments
1960
through
2000
Smith family home, Port Washington WI No written history is available. Calls would arrive at around late morning or early afternoon. For the first 15 or 20 years we had a call every year. After that, we have had calls on most every Christmas day. From time-to-time a year would pass when we did not get a call, but we might have been out of the house or otherwise occupied so that we simply missed it.

Carol remembered that soon after Mom Smith's passing the Christmas Whistler would actually talk and say a few words. Sometimes just a "Merry Christmas" or sometimes a bit more. He was definately a man - but it was a voice and a whistler that we could never place with a name.

This is the origin of the Christmas Whistler legend.
2001-Dec-25 Kirby's family home

Visiting: Brian's family
The Christmas Whistler calls late afternoon. The song whistled was Silent Night.
2002-Dec-25 No call (that we know of)
2003-Dec-25 Kirby's family home

Visiting: Brian's family
The Christmas Whistler calls Kirby and Sherri's home at around noon. We cannot remember the song whistled, but Sherri thinks it was Jingle Bells or something up beat like that. The call volume was soft and it was hard to hear. After the call we dialed *69 to find the phone number. The Christmas Whistler was calling from Lincoln Nebraska. Who do we know in Lincoln???!!!

This caused a great deal of discussion at the dinner table that night when cousin Randy and Sherri's family visited.
2004-Dec-25 Kirby and Brian's family homes The Christmas Whistler calls both Kirby and Sherri's and Brian and Konnie's homes with two separate calls. The song whistled for both families was Frosty the Snowman.
2005-Dec-25 Kirby and Brian's family homes The Christmas Whistler calls both Kirby and Sherri's and Brian and Konnie's homes with two separate calls. The song whistled for both families was Joy to the World.
2006-Dec-25 Brian's family home The Christmas Whistler calls Brian and Konnie's home. We were not home at the time, having just left for a driving trip around the country. But, he left a message on our answering machine. The song whistled was Here Comes Santa Clause.
2007-Dec-25 Kirby and Brian's family homes The Christmas Whistler calls Brian and Konnie's home. The songThe Christmas Whistler calls both Kirby and Sherri's and Brian and Konnie's homes with two separate calls. We forgot the song whistled.
2008-Dec-25 Kirby and Brian's family homes
2009-Dec-25Kirby and Brian's family homes
2010-Dec-25Brian's family homes No call was noticed at Kirby's home.

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  • Created 2003Apr23
  • Modified 2007Jan07
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