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Today, December 2nd, is the first Sunday of Advent, the start of the Christmas 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!




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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!

Garnet
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. :)
http://bobsegarini.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/01_waltkelly_...

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

well..

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

Garnet
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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6o8-eLZhrOA

Stevie Wonder - Living For The City

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JeMfwUN5z_4

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

Silver Bells

Um, oh yeah. In my nostalgia recalling Christmas in the city just as depicted in the music video, I guess I forgot some other aspects, like part of why we left. The crime. Okay, I'm putting my rose-colored glasses back on now!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OB1jx8IsJaU

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

Thanks for the YouTube links,

Thanks for the YouTube links, mdefarge. I'm playing them now.

I dig Stevie Wonder, too!

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

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Oh look a music party :)

Repeat the Sounding Joy

This is my band's Christmas album. I sing and wrote/arranged: "Little Lamb" and "Joy to the World"

http://goodshepherdband.bandcamp.com/album/repeat-the-soundi...

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A new Christmas CLASSIC by one of our own

Your arrangement of Joy to the World is really nice. But Little Lamb is just hauntingly beautiful. Thanks.

http://goodshepherdband.bandcamp.com/track/little-lamb

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

I went

digging through my stacks, and brought this old fav out...

When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign: that the dunces are all in confederacy against him. ~J. Swift

Three More Modern Favorites of Mine:

Heaven Came to Earth- 2nd Chapter of Acts (link to lyrics provided)

http://www.lyricstime.com/2nd-chapter-of-acts-heaven-came-to...

Sheila Walsh- Star Song (YouTube)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7i4YLrGLRII

Michael Card- Now That I've Held Him In My Arms (YouTube)(Simeon's Song)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBZiPRPogn0

But that man should play the tyrant over God, and find Him a better man than himself, is astonishing drama indeed!~~D. Sayers
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

www.dailypaul.com/280083/jesus-christ-vic

Not sure why this is here but

Not sure why this is here but I'll post mine even though it isn't July yet.

The Holly and the Ivy by King's College Choir.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhPQA4eYwp8

Southern Agrarian

Friends That Stand the Test of Time - Auld Lang Syne

Happy New Year, everyone!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HV9uOuV4Eg

"Friends who stand the test of time,
Friends who make the best of time,
The friends you know,
Will be near,
Each and every year,
Everytime You Hear,
Auld Lang Syne..."

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

Thank You! (((mdefarge)))

a wonderful Friend in Liberty!

6 little boys at our house tonight having a sleep over. They all counted down the new year.

Thank you mdefarge for help and advice with family and school! You taught me to dance with my son! http://www.youtube.com/watcfh?v=kKoRp05L95c what a difference it made in the mornings!

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Well, like her duet with 13000 audience, I guess we can

sing & toast in unison with 90,000? or so daily DP visitors here as well :-)

Happy New Year to you, too, mdefarge and ALL!

yes...dear friend

...and everyone on the DP. We "will drink a cup of kindness yet" in this crazy world. Happy New Years all...it begins with us one at a time and soon there are an ocean of like-minded friends like in this video. I found the audience ... beautiful in their shared and very real expression of their longing for "that" cup of kindness. Salud ya'll!

fonta

Happy New Year (((fonta)))

It has been fun chatting with you this year :)

(((phantom fonta))) Wow!

I *am* honored. Happy New Year to you and your family! And, yes, WE WILL! :)

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

'Twas the night after Christmas, and

all through the house, two creatures were stirring - our cat and a mouse - the second time since our town was flooded by the hurricane. Living along the Hudson, all I can say is, better a couple displaced little mice than giant river rats! Bonus track: Art Carney reads 'Twas The Night Before Christmas http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wB9Xi8BHvXc&feature=fvwrel
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https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcS0r3oq...

The Twelve Days Of Christmas - Alan Sherman
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NT0Qf95uTkQ

Go Tell It On The Mountain - Mahalia Jackson
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lq5aEwtvdRI

We Three Kings - Hanna-Barbara Masterpiece
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YalYz8WSIeY&feature=related

Here We Go A-Wassailing - Columbus Boys Choir
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKOEzNF3XJI

We Wish You A Merry Christmas... - Muppets
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2dmWwEoZIQ

Hope you enjoyed the songs we came up with. Thanks to all who contributed!

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

Mr. Bean Nativity LOL

Merry Christmas, Granger!

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

Merry Christmas, mdefarge!

This one is just for you: http://youtu.be/ANUV9vD1zg8

FYI, here's my very best favorite Christmas carol: http://youtu.be/THg8Yes6zec

And no wonder!

I love Andrea Bocelli. And what a grand sound here for such a beautiful carol. Thanks, Nonna. And for *my* carol, too. :) I wish you a very Merry Christmas!

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

4th Sunday of Advent - Carols

https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQXE2dW...

Jiminy Christmas (Jiminy Cricket's Christmas Rap) https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=SK2q...

Musical Interruption - Carol of the Bells http://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_709575...

Rudolf The Red Nosed Reindeer - Kenny Wayne Shepherd http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NarGvutAKAI

Carol of the Birds - Joan Baez http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYkPD6fG5Tw

The Lord's Prayer - Barbra Streisand http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilclseiQB3w

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

P.S. Nice Christmas movies for children of all ages

Mickey's Christmas Carol
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xmq7ql_1983-mickey-s-christ...

Mr. McGoo's Christmas Carol (Part I)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JiFO9-Mj-k

The Snowman
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCEvL_hdN2A

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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Oooh, my three yr old grand-kid will be ready for these

very soon. Bookmarked for next year's Christmas and beyond. (This is a great thread for all the Christmases from now on :-) Thank you, mdefarge!

You're merry welcome, ytc

I remember watching Mr. McGoo's Christmas Carol (1962) as a child. I found Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983) when my children were young. They're both wonderful. (I meant the cartoons, but my children, too!) The Snowman - what a treasure - was a newer find; that animation done in crayon gives it such a soft feel. We still watch them. In fact, we'll be watching today on this new flat screen tv that Santa brought. :) (No more watching movies with a "black bar" across the top third of the screen!) Hope you have a happy Christmas!

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

Here is a nice Christmas tune, and flashback to this date 2007

Happy Tea Party money bomb Day!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=J-3M2...

Integrity means having to say things that people don't want to hear & especially to say things that the regime doesnt want to hear -RonPaul