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Today, December 2nd, is the first Sunday of Advent, the start of the season. This is usually the day we make an Advent wreath and light the first of the four candles, take down the boxes with Christmas decorations, and start playing Christmas MUSIC. (This year I'm a bit behind schedule, as today is also the first day since Hurricane Sandy that we have electricity, heat, and hot water back.)

In years gone by, too, by today we'd have made a run to what was called a "Tower Records store" to browse for an hour or so through the Christmas offerings to find a couple that looked interesting. As far as I'm concerned, one can never have too many Christmas CD's. The genres are virtually endless: hymns, traditional popular songs, novelty songs, choral, instrumental, individual artist, rock groups, Dixieland, gospel, country, Western, jazz, piano, bells, carols from around the world...

On this first official day of the season, before we'd get to other old favorites, we always played one album first: Joan Baez' Noel. And we always played this song first, the traditional Advent hymn "O Come, O Come, Emanuel." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wq3Tv3c20I

Have you any favorite Christmas songs? Bet we could come up with an interesting play list!

Update - November 30, 2014:

Today, November 30, is the 1st Sunday of Advent, 2014 - the official start of the Christmas season. I hope you'll again enjoy the music we collected - carols and songs covering *all* genres! I hope, too, you'll add to the list with personal favorites we've missed.

Feel free to include photos of your tree or decorations or share your own holiday traditions. Among ours, as stated above, was to start the season playing Joan Baez' Christmas album, beginning with O Come, O Come, Emanuel. I haven't made an Advent wreath yet, but hopefully soon it will look like this: http://gerardnadal.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/advent-wreath...

Tonight I'll also be bringing out our little Christmas pyramid. When the candles are lit, it slowly revolves, showing all sides of the scene.

So, now that "Christmas Is Coming," here's a new song I came across. (Did I mention I'm crazy about rounds?)


Update - December 14, 2014... "A Christmas Carol"

Today is the 3rd Sunday of Advent. Tonight I'll light three candles on the wreath.

In line with our family's annual Advent tradition, yesterday I read Charles Dickens'
A Christmas Carol. Dickens is such a great writer - so funny, too, with his understated British humour.

Long ago I read the story to my children... after making a fuss at my local Barnes & Noble that I was not leaving the store until they could come up with an *unabridged* version! Really, what they're doing to the classics, *cleaning them up* for today's politically correct "Milquetoast" ("timid, shrinking, apologetic") teachers and parents! Or "just" dumbing things down for listening audiences, whether an issue of vocabulary or attention span---

Lighten up, mdefarge. It's Christmas!
Okay, but--- Fine.

It wasn't actually our annual tradition to *read* the story. Each year we watched it, twice: first Mr. Magoo's hour-long version, then Mickey's shorter take. But I felt a bit guilty that my children only knew the "cartoon" versions, that is, until that year we did read it. I have to say, those writers and illustrators did a great job translating the story to the screen.

Feeling I'd done my parental duty in introducing my children to the original Dickens - both for their sake and my own (confirming that *my* children *did* pick up on Dickens' wit and *could* sit through it! :)), we went back to just watching the cartoons again. :)

FYI, you can read A Christmas Carol on line: http://www.stormfax.com/dickens.htm
Or you can join me, now, in watching our family's original versions.

Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol

Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol by SantaKlaws

Mickey's Christmas Carol

1983 - Mickey's Christmas Carol by theperminator

As Tiny Tim says, "God bless us. Every one!"

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Oh, What a Merry Christmas Day (Mickey's Christmas Carol theme)

The updated post above includes both cartoon versions of A Christmas Carol. Here's the great opening theme from Mickey's. Also the lyrics in case you want to sing along! http://christmas-specials.wikia.com/wiki/Oh_What_a_Merry_Chr...


When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir


12 Days of Christmas - Straight No Chaser: http://youtu.be/5t8fWU0zRlU

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Five Golden Wrings

Ha ha. That was cute. :) Thanks.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

"The most beautiful rendition of Ave Maria I've ever heard"

I just came across a YT video with that title & 15 million hits. I couldn't wait to hear it. Um, it's nice. I guess. Truly, though, I don't think it compares to Joan Baez' Ave Maria - which remains the most beautiful rendition I've ever heard. P.S. If I had to choose the next most beautiful, it would be Andrea Bocelli's version (sung in Italian).

Joan Baez


Andrea Bocelli

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

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Mary's Christmas

Jaci Velasquez Christmas album

Here's a selection of three songs from Jaci Velasquez's Christmas album.

IMHO, this first song is a new contemporary Christmas pop classic.


Then there's the familiar Feliz Navidad (actually sung by a Spanish speaker).


Finally, a blast from the past. The Chipmunks!


Beautiful song, Joseph,

I enjoyed all three, but especially It Wouldn't Be Christmas. Yes, a Christmas classic for sure. I've now listened to the whole album, a nice addition to my collection. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. As I'm sure you know, here's a sweet song, too: The Angel Song. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!


When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Glad you liked it

Definitely an easy to listen album. I was looking for a sample of another Christmas album I have from Operatica and I inadvertantly came across another called Operatika. A diamond in the rough to say the least.

Operatika Element - Merry Christmas


However, check out this sample from Operatica which is an interesting combination of electronica and opera-like vocals. And seeing that you collect Christmas albums, if you want, I'll mail you a new copy I have from a small stash I scooped up from the Tower Records liquidation a while back. Just send me a private message with name or initials and a mailing address (PO Box is OK).

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here's another one from

here's another one from Korea... I love the tiny girl recording with the HUGE Ipad..



Beware the cult of "government"...

This Will Make You Smile


"Beyond the blackened skyline, beyond the smoky rain, dreams never turned to ashes up until.........
...Everything CHANGED !!

Truly beautiful!

Thank you.

Glad You Enjoyed It...

.....Here's more..a "string" of them, wonderful....joyous:


"Beyond the blackened skyline, beyond the smoky rain, dreams never turned to ashes up until.........
...Everything CHANGED !!

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Loved it, thanks!

Here are a couple more! Enjoy!

And a relaxing Jazz and Classical Yule log-2 hours!

Merry Christmas!

If Wars Can Be Started by Lies, They Can Be Stopped By Truth.

Glad You Enjoyed It...

OOPS! Double Post....accursed Internet Explorer.
That does it...gotta switch over to Chrome.

"Beyond the blackened skyline, beyond the smoky rain, dreams never turned to ashes up until.........
...Everything CHANGED !!

So Glad That This Was Posted Again...

...I had missed it the first time (or two) it was around.
So...here we go.

I get sentimental every "Christmas Countdown" a.k.a. "Advent".
I can still remember the advent calendars my sister-in-law used to send to my kids. Some of the calendars had little chocolates behind each door....yeah...she was German/Italian...hence the chocolate!

That was many years ago, and all the kids are adults.
I, myself, lead a fairly solitary existence nowadays, but do enjoy whatever company I do keep.
One of the little "treats" I love to "share" with such company, whether it's family, friends, or day-to-day business contacts is a Christmas DVD...a new addition each year...here's one:

The WPIX YULE LOG....if you'd enjoy a "hard copy" contact me.

As stated before...I lead a somewhat solitary existence, and although some may confuse being alone with being lonely?
Well there is a big difference.
Check these two videos out:
....and this:


Perhaps this explains my fascination with this next video/story, which I shared in a previous post (hard copy available by request):
Perhaps this year that post will get a bit more "mileage" from the DP community....we shall see.

The story involves another "solitary" individual, and what happens when he wanders into some peoples lives....more specifically, the owner of a roadside inn.....and the transformation that occurs.
From this sentimental fool...to all the DPers:
Have a Merry Christmas.....and a New Year of Hope and Expectation.
Sincerely, Danton

"Beyond the blackened skyline, beyond the smoky rain, dreams never turned to ashes up until.........
...Everything CHANGED !!

Advent calendars are a nice tradition.

I always had them for my children, too, Advent calenders from Germany with such beautiful scenes. Some already had glitter. If not, we'd get out the glitter and glue and embellish them. Under the doors were only pictures, though, no chocolate. :)

Aha! Yes, decades before the internet, the WPIX-Channel 11 Yule Log! I wonder if everyone had something similar for their areas. Yes, it would be great to have a DVD, if that's what you meant.

You know, I don't think I ever saw Paint Your Wagon. I'll have to check it out. Thanks for the reply, Danton, and the links. I love the Christmas story you posted. :)

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Two of my favorite 'Advent' Carols from Michael Card


The story of Simeon meeting Y'shua at the temple.



"Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern." ~~C.S. Lewis
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

Traditions are beautiful, when kept in perspective

As you know, M, I'm no traditionalist, but neither am I out to rain on what would seem a harmless tradition like making December 25th a celebration of what most likely didn't happen on that day.


What Rome chose to designate was all too convenient towards Constantine's goal of Christianizing his empire. As we all know, imposing celebrations by edict is something governments routinely do. Biblical faith, however, is all, and only, about winning hearts, minds, and souls; who, themselves, prize truth highly enough to embrace it for its intrinsic worth.

My perspective on this is simply to confess how this view keeps me clear on what faith isn't, as well as what it is; so that I don't confuse it with mere tradition, no matter how fervently and reverently held by the seeming majority. I don't want to send mixed messages, especially when Jesus warned against substituting the faith we to ought to keep with traditions of men we ought to avoid ensnarement in.

I trust you will love hearing all of Majesty and Wonder, posted earlier this year in playlist format by Phil Keaggy, himself, even if you have to skip, or endure the commercials between each song :b There is a link to get any, or all, of these songs commercial free, for a small fee, of course.

Edit update: Yeah! I just learned that the replay, on my computer, played nearly commercial-free the second time I listened to the playlist. Maybe it's set up to only do the other commercials on the first time through?

Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them. - Frederick Douglass

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Merry Christmas Daily Paul

Merry Christmas m Fa-la-la


Nice version of Blue Christmas, mountaincat (Sniff)

I was wondering why they called it "Dueling Basses" - when the guy suddenly appeared on the stairs. lol Nice, to have the two basses. :) I mean, nice for a sad song. :(

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

For some reason

I kept thinking, "This is nice. But it needs more bass!" For real! Cute visual. Reminds me of the good old days. :)

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Gary Hoey ~ Carol Of The Bells (Live)

Did I mention that I could never have too many versions of Carol of the Bells! This one's dedicated to johncarter444.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Now that it's after Christmas

I'd like to honor my father's memory by posting the words to his favorite fun Christmas carol. Someone familiar with the old Pogo comic strip might remember this song..

This is for you Daddy~

Deck us all with Boston Charlie,
Walla Walla, Washington an' Kalamazoo!
Nora's freezin' on the trolley,
Swaller dollar cauliflower alley-garoo!

Don't we know archaic barrel
Lullaby Lilla Boy, Louisville Lou?
Trolley Molly don't love Harold,
Boola boola Pensacoola hullabaloo!

Bark us all bow-wows of folly,
Polly wolly cracker 'n' too-da-loo!
Donkey Bonny brays a carol,
Antelope Cantaloupe, 'lope with you!

Hunky Dory's pop is lolly,
Gaggin' on the wagon, Willy, folly go through!
Chollie's collie barks at Barrow,
Harum scarum five alarm bung-a-loo!

Dunk us all in bowls of barley,
Hinky dinky dink an' polly voo!
Chilly Filly's name is Chollie,
Chollie Filly's jolly chilly view halloo!

Bark us all bow-wows of folly,
Double-bubble, toyland trouble! Woof, woof, woof!
Tizzy seas on melon collie!
Dibble-dabble, scribble-scrabble! Goof, goof, goof!

Daughter of 1776 American Revolutionists

For garnet's dad

(After Christmas? It's just the fourth of Christmas' twelve days!)

I don't remember that song, but I do remember Pogo. Here is the original comic strip in which it was featured (at least part of it - it seems that verses were added over the years) and a nice rendition sung as part of a tribute to the comic's author, Walt Kelly. Thanks for sharing that memory. :)

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir


You choked me up.. you really did.. thank you for the memory =)

Daughter of 1776 American Revolutionists

Paul McCartney's Wonderful Christmastime

Paul McCartney's Wonderful Christmastime

That song always puts a smile on my face.

By the way, OP, how many times did you count the number of La's to make sure you had the correct number in the title?!?! :)

"Villains wear many masks, but none as dangerous as the mask of virtue." - Washington Irvin

Everbody's singing La, la, la, la, la, la

Thanks. That's a nice addition here, but it makes me homesick for the city (NYC). Hey, that reminds me of another song, in fact, another la la song - six, in this case. :)

Paul McCartney - Wonderful Christmastime


Stevie Wonder - Living For The City


When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

And Living in the City

And Living in the City reminds me of...

- Joe Walsh - In the City (and the movie The Warriors)

Great song, great movie.

"Villains wear many masks, but none as dangerous as the mask of virtue." - Washington Irvin