Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-laSubmitted by mdefarge on Mon, 12/03/2012 - 23:59
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.
As Tiny Tim says, "God bless us. Every one!"