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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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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!


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 :)

Love this one.


“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”
― Dr. Seuss

Repeat the Sounding Joy

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


Check out http://iroots.org/
"If you’re into political activism, at least for Ron Paul if not for anyone else, I strongly recommend spending some time with iroots.org." - Tom Woods

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.


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)


Sheila Walsh- Star Song (YouTube)


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


"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

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.

Southern Agrarian

Friends That Stand the Test of Time - Auld Lang Syne

Happy New Year, everyone!!!


"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!


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

The Twelve Days Of Christmas - Alan Sherman

Go Tell It On The Mountain - Mahalia Jackson

We Three Kings - Hanna-Barbara Masterpiece

Here We Go A-Wassailing - Columbus Boys Choir

We Wish You A Merry Christmas... - Muppets

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

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox

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


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

Mr. McGoo's Christmas Carol (Part I)

The Snowman

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!


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

Dec. 16, 1773 - This Day in History :)

Thanks, sailingaway. That was great! Hey, I just thought of a song, not Christmas, but it kinda fits: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chaP4MCXp4w

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

3rd Sunday of Advent - Carols


Ave Maria - Andrea Bocelli

A Mad Russian's Christmas - Transiberian Orchestra

Do You Hear What I Hear? - Whitney Houston

Christmas Songs - The Swingle Singers

God Rest You Merry Gentleman - Jethro Tull

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

Christmas Instant Replay!

I can't believe it's been a year. And what a year. I'm hoping 2014 will bring good things for us all - love, peace, joy, health, happiness, and prosperity! In the meantime, I hope you're enjoying a season filled with good cheer and great MUSIC. I hope you'll enjoy the Christmas songs we collected last year. Please share more of your own favorites. And do also check out Time for my nightly jam session, these songs and others:

Merry Christmas, jrd http://www.dailypaul.com/270001/time-for-my-nightly-jam-sess...

(Little Drummer Boy) http://www.dailypaul.com/270001/time-for-my-nightly-jam-sess...

Ho! Ho! Ho! http://www.dailypaul.com/270001/time-for-my-nightly-jam-sess...

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

3 Hours Worth :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZ-e3_31sdM 3 Hours of assorted Holiday Music. Hope it is not an overkill :)

Kitty is tucked nicely in his carrier ready to go see the vet. Thank you for the tip on the tuna. He was abit aloof this morning and the tuna called his kitty nature right to the dish. I picked him up by his scruff covered his eyes with my other hand and lowered him down into the end-up carrier. Worked perfectly.

Hope all is well for you and that you have been able to get you home back into order.

In case

you still check in now and then... Miss you, bear! I was thinking of you recently when I found myself without a CD player and remembered that you'd posted this, which worked just fine. :) I hope everything's fine by you and your family. Hope you had a merry Christmas and have a happy and healthy new year!

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

Thanks for the Shout Out!

We have moved to the country...as if a town of 600 or so wasn't country enough LOL. Anyways, we are still near our town, just out of the city limits on a little property. Moving kept me busy, and then lo and behold, we found out once we had moved that we have to monitor our internet data use as it is no longer unlimited. We are limited to Verison's service and they do not provide unlimited services. We had a couple of whopper bills before we understood that 5Meg service was not speed, but data. Anyways, the boys are in sports now and time is limited...and I had to do something about my addiction...my Daily Paul addiction. I suppose I have a bit of a compulsive personality to deal with, so I turned my computer off and stayed off.

I think I have broken the habit now and may be able to stop in now and then.

I still find myself a somewhat bewildered at the wide range of thought here after leading a fairly closed-minded life. I also found a few of what I perceive as personal attacks more than I had bargained for and that helped me a little with toning down the DP addiction. I remember reading something Michael Nystrom said about boxing with ghosts, or something of the sort, and have just a slight understanding of what he was referring to.

Anyways, I suppose I brought some of it on myself as I didn't mind voicing my opinion about highly charged opinionated subjects, and who knows what agendas are out there to shape opinion and/or stifle opinion. This freedom fight seems so tricky with all the voices at bay.

My husband wasn't on board my political band wagon either as his band wagon overflows, so I also needed to tone myself down at home.

And see, I was just going to say thank you and couldn't shut up. :)

I hope you are well mdefarge, I do think of you often as you are part of my fond DP memories. I still remember asking you to talk to me about abortion when you were in the throws of putting your life back together after the hurricane, I am sorry I was so thoughtless to your situation. I also remember dancing with my son to Morning Has Broken at about 6 am for many mornings after you shared that Cat Steven's song with me.

I hope you have an abundant New Year! Your friend, bear

(I also had canceled my subscription here because I wasn't using it, but couldn't stand the thought for even a month, so I signed back up ...)