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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!

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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.
http://www.christmasdecorationsshopping.com/wp-content/uploa...

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

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

Today is the 3rd Sunday of Advent. Tonight I'll light three candles on the wreath.
https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRuI5FA...

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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I stopped reading after

your comment on your reliance on the government from Hurricane Sandy.

...what's the remaining propaganda ?

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.

Truth is Treason

Is That Like YOUR Reliance....

...on a free ride as a non-paying member?

And I quote:
[" Until recently I was under the impression the site was pay only, so I never bothered to register..."]
http://www.dailypaul.com/comment/3463146

5 Month,2 Day, 2 Hour hypocrite/Grinch/troll.

p.s. Happy New Year

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

5 Month, 2 Day, 2 Hour hypocrite/Grinch/troll.

You're good, Danton. That made my day, lol.

Um, but just to set the record straight (and this is why I found his comment so puzzling)...
~ I PAID for utilities, i.e., electricity, heat, and hot water, when I received them.
~ I did NOT PAY for utilities when I did not receive them (on account of damage and flooding caused by the hurricane). And
~ I PAID for those services again when they were restored.

I received no government handouts. Nor did my landlord, the property owner. To my knowledge, all he was even offered was a loan so that he could make repairs sooner than later. Due to extensive flooding, even when the utilities companies had made their own necessary repairs and service *could* be restored, everything in people's basements (hot water heaters, electrical wiring, etc.) had to be *replaced* and then inspected by the town before service *would* be restored.

Technically, my house was declared unliveable. I was advised not to return until services were restored. I chose to stay anyway, living there without electricity or heat. (I did have cold water.) Well, a kind neighbor whose services were restored before mine let me run an extension cord to their outdoor outlet, and I did bring a little space heater in. If I stayed right near it, I could take off my winter coat!

Also, the only door with an outside lock was the back door, and the stairs had been swept away after a boat crashed into the house. So for a month I climbed a ladder to get in and out. (My landlord was overwhelmed with two buildings' - my small house and an apartment building - and a marina's worth of repairs.)

Speaking of boats, there were boats all over the road... along with TONS of other debris. There were seven boats (in bad shape) and TONS of other debris that had washed up on just my landlord's one property. I came back as soon as I was able to GET to my house.

So now for merely being ON THE GRID you're guilty of "reliance on the government?" What's so funny to me, the only CHANGE from normal that I even mentioned in the post was... a *delay* in my usual Christmas season activities. Really!

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

I don't know what you're talking about PeaceMOnger

Happy New Year to you, too.

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

Rusty Car Holiday Song

After all, it's only the 4th Day of Christmas!

I took my car for inspection. The good news, it passed inspection. Phew! The bad news, well, let's just say there's a little issue with antifreeze and motor oil mixing. The cause is yet to be determined. There's the one cause that will only cost one whole heckuva lot of money! And then there's the more serious one. Well, one day at a time. Anyway, there was this other issue, too.

I finally figured out how to get rid of that annoying sound in my car. I opened the door and pushed him out.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oi8TACw1RR0

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

Video Response

..to counteract the "bah-hum-buggers"...enjoy!


http://youtu.be/2Qdb6wC0Iz4

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

You've captured the spirit of the season perfectly

No humbugs from me on this one, Danton!

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

Fol-la-la-la-ly if you believe this day is about Christ's birth

Rather than restate the obvious, I'll offer a quote that I just found from one of England's most famed and eloquent preachers, Charles H. Spurgeon:

"We have no superstitious regard for times and seasons. Certainly we do not believe in the present ecclesiastical arrangement called Christmas. First because we do not believe in any mass at all, but abhor it, whether it be sung in Latin or in English: Secondly, because we find no scriptural warrant whatever for observing any day as the birthday of the Savior; and consequently, its observance is a superstition, because not of divine authority. Superstition has fixed most positively the day of our Savior's birth, although there in no possibility of discovering when it occurred. It was not till the middle of the third century that any part of the Church celebrated the birth of our Lord; and it was not till long after the western Church had set the example, that the eastern adopted it. Because the day in not known. Probably the fact is that the "holy" days were arranged to fit in with the heathen festivals. We venture to assert that if there be any day in the year of which we may be pretty sure that it was not the day on which our Savior was born it is the 25th of December. Regarding not the day, let us give God thanks for the gift of His dear Son. ~Dec. 24, 1871 (Spurgeon, Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, p. 697)

A lot of cards, gifts, and grief have been heaped on this day by those who would have us serve its veneration, but what Chuck Spurgeon said 143yrs. ago still helps me make better sense of it all. Hope this helps others who are trying to sort this out also.

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

Tex Ritter ~ Deck of Cards :)


http://youtu.be/LsCiaxPhtVY

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

Nice Video...Nice Analogy

...to the tenets (beliefs) of Christians.

First I've EVER seen of this....Tex Ritter ROCKS!
Happy New Year!

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

I get the non sequitur analogy you're trying to make

Religious folks have long made up all kinds of arbitrary taboos, like condemning card playing, but how does that compare with exposing the origins of a pagan holiday that predates Christ by a millennium? If God wanted his birthday, or anyone else's birthday, celebrated, He would have given us more than a clue as to how and when to do it, eh?

I know this won't change the minds of those who don't want to know. That's why I addressed this to those trying to discern why we can't really put a celebration of Christ's birth into a time and place it never was, to somehow make something of it that it clearly ought not to be.

I like the appeal one brother suggested. He said, "What if I told my wife that I had a hard time remembering her birthday and our anniversary, but I had a girlfriend years ago that I dated for years, whose birthday was easy to remember; and even though that old girlfriend means nothing to me now, I'm choosing to celebrate my wife's significance in my life on that date, because it better suits my preferences?"

I still love you, M, and hope you better understand my love of truth AND people better. Now shuffle that deck, and deal those cards :)

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

I don't think you do

understand what I meant in posting that song. For one, it didn't have to do with any church's opinion of card playing except, perhaps, indirectly (as part of the story being told). My only point was that, how God should choose to reach me... and how I choose to worship God... is really no one's business but my own - between me and God.

Also, while I didn't make issue of it, now that Danton has responded, I will. In fact, it's *given* that we have already had this discussion that I did find it inappropriate for you to participate on this thread in the way you did.

It's no big deal. We all have our different beliefs and also values. Take care.

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

Mea Culpa, M

I wasn't addressing your business or God, nor compelling you to acknowledge mine, though my playing off your thread title did sound more challenging than I ought it to. For that I do apologize.

Your songs were posted without comment, so I was left to fill in my interpretation. I hoped you liked my earlier instrumental post here, and found my more benign comments there less offensive.

http://www.dailypaul.com/265035#comment-3531800

Nothing unkind was meant towards you or anyone else here. If we, as libertarians, say we care about the original intent of our nation's founders in determining the direction our current freedoms ought to be expressed, then isn't simply making a connection to the original intent of this festival's celebration a way to help clear up the confusion as to why freedom from it's celebration is as important to some of us, as keeping it is to others. Happy New Year, mdefarge! (At least we're safe there, eh?)

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

Of course you know I liked the instrumental you posted.

And thank you for that. I can't respond in more depth right now. For now, while from my perspective your comment was akin to "beating a dead horse," I'm sure you only meant well. Anyway, it's kind of difficult to explain where I'm coming from. But I'll try when I have some more time. And yeah, we're safe with happy new year. :)

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

Peaceful New Year's truce

And kindness to all horses, dead or alive! No further explanation needed. Warm wishes for a prosperous new year :)

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

Non Sequitur? LOL!

...along with:
["I still love you, M, and hope you better understand my love of truth.."]......blah...blah...blah

I still love you....but allow me to rain on your parade.
Sad...very sad.

A member posts a thread relating her joy and memories of a holiday, and a "Grinch" shows up.
(I'm using the term Grinch, because "Troll" would be too noble a term in your case.)

A non sequitur is a fallacy in which a conclusion does not follow logically from what preceded it.
TRUTH???
Your "conclusion" would be better suited to another thread, started by yourself....instead of "Grinching" a happy memory.

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

Thanks for your critique, Danton

This is a continuation on this topic that M and I have discussed openly here in past posts last year also. While I understand that feelings on this topic run deep on both sides, I've tried to be as conciliatory as I feel possible, while not withholding the facts that history easily provides. If you think that's too "Grinchy", or that I'm off topic, then, oh well...

The Deck of Cards song she offered, as I understood it, was about the condemnatory judgement that some preacher made against cards, and card playing, with the man's reflective response being one of the spiritual meaning he assigned to each card. I understand M's point was that folks can feel however they want to about the holiday, even ascribing a positive, spiritual meaning to a pagan celebration as old as Nimrod.

The non sequitur I referred to was in the preacher's arbitrary condemnation and the card player's arbitrary assignment of their spiritual meaning. The preacher had no biblical authority for such a judgement; and while the card player might have gotten his tradition from someone else well meaning, he couldn't cite where those cards held that meaning by whomever created them in the first place. Both had strong feelings about their personal traditions, but neither could defend them as original intent.

On point, what I was referring to is that there are good folks believe that this Jesus, who was miraculously born and lived an exemplary life, taught many things needed to be heeded, especially about how traditions of men are routinely raised up to supersede the commandments of God. (Mark 7:1-13) These same good folks also believe that He died a sacrificial death, rose from the dead, and will weigh in on what we've done with that knowledge in the near future. It's to these folks, whom conformity to some kind of, "reason for the season", assignment has been put upon, that I was appealing to here.

To the rest of the good libertarian folks here, for whom none of these things matter, I know that happy feelings and warm memories are only all that this holiday is about. I hope that they, and especially you, Danton, will better understand now why some of us can't abide a celebration of a day long held to worship of other gods, being reassigned to Jesus, no matter how sweet the sentiments surrounding it are heaped upon it.

Here's a review of Kirk Cameron's, Saving Christmas, you all might appreciate for it's entertainment value:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWhlZr5UcSQ

And here's a thoughtful discussion of the topic that Kirk was invited in to defend. Cameron said that he would, but has so far, backed down:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmXJsxun2A8

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

P.S. Perhaps"PromiseKept"...

...will "promise" to his/her self to be more "Libertarian" in the coming year.

Yes...more tolerant and Liberty-minded.....
...instead of tearing down other's posts.

Hint: There is an appropriate time and place for most "things".

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

All you need is love

http://my.mail.ru/mail/sorm_22.2/video/1454/1463.html

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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Christmas in Kilarney

First of all...

anything would be okay that someone felt was okay! :) (Even a well-meaning curmudgeon's negative comment. :))

Thanks, jen. That was beautiful. I believe, too.

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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Jingle Bells

Love the happy visuals

The reindeer pulling the sleigh reminds me of something I wanted to tell you. Next year you've got to try making these adorable cookies that were given to me yesterday. You make some cookie recipe with a little heft to it and cook as usual. Then, as soon as the cookies are out of the oven (still soft), you press into them... two brown mini-M&M's for eyes (in the middle of the cookie), a red regular-sized M&M beneath that for the reindeer's nose, and then... two chocolate-covered pretzels above the eyes for the reindeer's antlers. They're really cute. :)

Hope you had a wonder-ful Christmas!

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

Carol of the Bells Extravaganza

Sweet!
CAROL OF THE BELLS ~ Harp Twins Camille and Kennerly

Angelic!
CAROL OF THE BELLS ~ Libera

Amazing!
CAROL OF THE BELLS - David Hicken

Awesome!
CAROL OF THE BELLS ~ Christmas Eve/Sarajevo ~ Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Incredible!
CAROL OF THE BELLS ~ Cast In Bronze

Merry Christmas!
CAROL OF THE BELLS Christmas Medley ~ The Swingle Singers

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

...And Razzle-Berry Dressing...

...Hahaha!
My brothers and I would jokingly sing this song at the dinner table at Christmastime! Haha!

Oh!...I am chuckling so right now, making plans to "renew" that scene this Christmas day with them.

The older brother "K", was recently disappointed because he had missed the scheduled program; "Mister Magoo's Christmas carol".

He will be delighted to find it here.

Hope your holiday will be blessed with good cheer, good company, and much merriment.....MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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

The Lord's Bright Blessing :)

I'm so glad you enjoyed Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol, too. Sandy Becker... Mister Magoo... Do you have to be a New Yorker to appreciate the fine arts as we do??!! :D Merry Christmas to you, too, Danton! Here's for you and K:

http://youtu.be/6nLZlgb4x30

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

The 4th Sunday of Advent

http://thepracticingcatholic.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/...
This is what can happen when you work in retail - in some way related to the Stockholm Syndrome? You can begin to identify with the piped in (pop) music you cannot escape from - a loop played over and over and over... Would I have said this a year ago? Probably not. "I like this song!"

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

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...


http://youtu.be/0BifeO1mGaU

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