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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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I'm a Christian, and I'm not gonna bash

secular Christmas music. Right now, top of my head, I'm gonna say I'm in the mood for Bryan Adams' version of Run Rudolph Run. Killer Chuck Berry cover.

I +1'd some TSO below, and I'm also gonna add Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24) and This Christmas Day. Whenever I see the video for that, I get a little choked up. Call me sappy.

A Christmas present for you :)

Trans Siberian Orchestra
Christmas Eve in Sarajevo

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

How cool

was THAT? Thank you.

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Peace on Earth, Can it Be?

All the happy Christmas songs just don't feel right this Christmas. It's hard to be happy when I know how messed up things are and all the people that are suffering. Here's a version of the Little Drummer Boy with Bing Crosby and David Bowie. Weird combo, but it sounds good. The song questions whether peace on Earth is possible. It struck a cord with me. I hope you'll like it too.



Sorry, but I had to include this.

A Fairytale of New York, by the Pogues:


"Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it." -- Joseph Goebbels

I Love

The Pogues.
"If I Should Fall From The Grace of God" is one of my favorite albums.

Yep, that's a good 'un.

Yep, that's a good 'un.

"Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it." -- Joseph Goebbels

Just curious

Swifty, below - http://www.dailypaul.com/265035/fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la?p... - posted this and a couple other songs saying that they were Christmas standards in clubs in the UK, wondering if we also knew them in the U.S. I, for one, had never heard them. Are you British?

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

Just to add to what

DC said, if you're into Punk (like The Ramones or The Clash) you've probably come across The Pogues (they're Irish Punk). As a matter of fact, Joe Strummer (The Clash) was the lead singer for little awhile after they kicked Shane MacGowan out of the band. That's how I got turned on to them.

No, but it's fairly popular among the alt music lovers I know.

Saw a British documentary on the creation of that song, which I enjoyed. Both warm and heartbreaking, a great work imo. You can find it still on some jukes in some Irish bars in NYC.

Didn't see the other post, thanks.

"Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it." -- Joseph Goebbels


Memories. thanks.

What does the Bible say about the Xmas Tree tradition?

Hear ye the word which the Lord speaketh unto you, O house of Israel. Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven, for the heathen are dismayed at them.

For the customs of the people are vain, for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman with the ax.

They deck it with silver and with gold: they fasten it with nails and with hammers so that it move not.

The point here is that the Lord hates the religious customs of the heathen, and commanded His People not to adopt these practices in worship of the One True God. The Lord gave His commandments, and these were not to be added to. These were not to be taken from. As we all know this will of God is not always obeyed. Throughout history, this will of God was ignored.

That willful disobedience is very obvious when we examine Christmas celebration and its history. From the date selection of December 25, to the decorated trees, Santa Claus, the hanging of wreaths, mistletoe, gift giving, merry making, commercialism, drinking and wild parties (revelry), several of the songs and carols, the Yule log, the decoration lights, the holly, etc., Christmas celebration is the modern day incarnation of ancient sun worship. None of the above religious superstitions are found anywhere in your Bible. Did you know that "Hollywood" is what witches used to make their staffs with?

X is the Greek initial

for the word "Christ". You will find it on the ancient fish symbol, the letters of which stand for Jesus Christ God's Son Savior.

That passage from the Bible has nothing whatsoever to do with Christmas trees. It has everything to do with carving fetishes out of wood and decorating them, gods that can't hear or speak.

I can respect your opinion.

I intended this thread for those who feel otherwise. I don't know if you were part of the dialogue, but this subject was rather exhaustively discussed here at the Daily Paul a prior time. I do think that all the arguments pro and con are reflected there, if you are interested to check them out. And I hope you enjoy the season in whatever way you celebrate Christmas - or if you don't! http://www.dailypaul.com/257696/think-twice-before-you-put-u...

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

I got rid of one downvote--

I appreciate your opinion; I know Jesus wasn't born on December 25, etc.--

I don't condemn those who use Christmas trees; it's one of the very few things we do at our house that other Americans do--

but I don't like to see you being downvoted, and I appreciate your courage. Spouse and I tried to get rid of all of that and had open rebellion from our children who found that being homeschooled, not having tv . . . and not eating sugar--

was enough--

so we have a Christmas tree--

but no Santa Claus.

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

Do you place a Nativity scene

under the tree? I'm okay with not having a tree but, when children are involved, decorating the tree is part of the ritual. The most important part of that tradition in our home is the placement of the angel at the top of the tree and the manger and the figurines at the bottom. The Wise Men get moved closer and closer to the manger each day until they reach it on January 6th. Just can't stand seeing trees discarded before then.

I'm just sayin!!! (Smile)

Commandment II:

[4] You shall not carve idols for yourselves in the shape of anything in the sky above or on the earth below or in the waters beneath the earth; [5] you shall not bow down before them or worship them.

Nor put them on top of a tree since the image really represents the image of Lucifer and not anything holy. I know this isn't what you want to hear because when you look at the figurine, or the xmas tree it represents family/love/togetherness for most people more than any kind of celebration of a holy person[s]. I'm just putting information out there is all....

I have two nativity 'sets'--

but I put them up high--

We have a little nativity ornament (wooden) with the stable and Joseph and Mary and Jesus that we hang up high on the tree--

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

Interesting Tuskeegee...I

Interesting Tuskeegee...I heard the winter celebrations by the pagans had become so popular that the Christians followed suit.


If you can't whoop them, join them and..

Here we are in the 21st century. Do more people all over the world celebrate the son god or the Son of God on December 25th? The early Church knew what it was doing when they joined the pagan party in Rome.

BTW... Merry Christmas, Tuskeegee! And Merry Christmas to everyone here, too!

Early Church.. Catholic Churh.. Universal Church

And why Universal? Because we accept ALL Baptisms. God comes to us and through us in many ways and why we have so many Saints who people have claimed to "be like God", performing miracles. Catholics are Christian, but we also believe in Angles and Saints,, many who were pagans. The Church has been for the most part of it's hisotry, "We the people, who believed in God over government".. Our fights have been with those who want Government in the name of God. We see The World as a matrix our souls tranverse and the Kingdom of Heaven our refuge. Least we forget the Church is huge, diverse.. I bet a pilgram could travel the world going to Mass everyday at a new Church.

Merry Christmas Baby

Charles Brown was a friend of mine.


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"Fully half the quotations found on the internet are either mis-attributed, or outright fabrications." - Abraham Lincoln


The song - and that you knew Charles Brown. And another classic:

I hope that you and all of us here are with the ones we love at Christmas!

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

something different--

which it took us years to find (and then only used and vinyl)--

Eastern European (Romanian) music that was banned for decades--

traditional Christmas music; not necessarily 'sacred', but hard to find until the last decade or so--


Our entire family can listen to this for hours (the entire album)--

something 'liberating' about listening to something that was once banned--

for "spiritual" Christmas music, it doesn't get much better than this--also in a language once banned:


and, unexpected:


(my favorite language for "Silent Night", Japanese)

Christianity in Japan predated the composition of "Silent Night" in Germany, so I don't know when "Silent Night" was first translated into Japanese, but it has been around a long time--

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--


are entirely too many wonderful Christmas songs that I adore to list them all here.
A few are:

Carol of the Bells

Pretty Paper

What Child is This?

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Ron Paul 2012...and beyond

I collect versions of Carol of the Bells

the way other people might collect stamps. I just love that song. This one that I discovered last year has turned out to be my favorite. And I'll never take that back.
My words are "CAST IN BRONZE!"


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

That was

phenomenal!! Thank you for sharing that. Here I am at the sixth decade of my life...and I'd never heard of nor seen a carillon before this-- truly amazing.

P.S. I am sorry it's taken me so long to respond back...I have spent time at the hospital, in vain UNTIL TODAY, so much the past few weeks. Today, I became a great grandmother. She is gorgeous, and I'm so proud. Anyway, I'm just beginning to get caught up here and at other forums... :) :) :)

O.P.O.G.G. - Fighting the attempted devolution of the rEVOLution
Ron Paul 2012...and beyond


I'm still waiting for grandchildren. I'm jealous!

I'm glad you liked that version of Carol of the Bells. I don't think I'd ever seen a carillon, either. I'm glad to know that some people are trying to keep that art alive. I used to be in a church handbell choir. I really love bells (not just the song). That's how I came across it last year. Each day of the Christmas season I sent my friends and children a carol, and I went looking for a version of Carol of the Bells on bells and was surprised to be led to that. Tomorrow I'm going to post some more songs myself and plan to include one done on handbells, but surely nothing as spectacular as that!

Here's a song for you, Great-grandma Habit4ming. May God bless the new arrival. :)

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

Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Christmas Canon Rock

My favorite


"This night we pray,
Our lives would show,
This dream He had,
Each child still knows."

"We are waiting, we have not forgotten."

"On this night, on this night, on this very Christmas night."