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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 Am

When I saw that your song was eleven minutes long, I kinda rolled my eyes. But I've listened to every song posted here, and so...

As it turned out, I spent the last eleven minutes rapt. It's not your usual kind of Christmas song, but those lyrics are wonderful. For those not into metal, the lyrics can be read as just a lovely poem:

"I am the light upon your path when you have lost your way
I am the footprints in the sand the ocean's tide can't wash away
I am the shelter from the storm that rages on and on
The incorruptible foundation that the wise man builds upon..."
http://www.elyrics.net/read/t/theocracy-lyrics/i-am-lyrics.html

Merry Christmas to you, too, legalizeliberty!

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

Merry Christmas!

I just discovered this song this morning and I already listened to it a dozen times.

Hugs to you & your loved ones*))

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Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

For the spiritually minded among us

http://youtu.be/GZIGjfCA5YQ

Hauntingly beautiful, particularly this time of year. Another one of my favorites.... there are so many!

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

Oh my goodness,

Advent and Christmas is so beautiful. And handbells! I used to be in a handbell choir in the largest English speaking church in Germany. I rang D, E-flat, and E just above middle C, and maybe D-flat, too, I can't remember. Haven't touched one since.

"Hauntingly beautiful"

says it perfectly. To go along with the different times of the day and the day's different activities, I sometimes want to hear fun, upbeat Christmas songs - and a couple posted here had me dancing yesterday. At the opposite end of the spectrum, this is a perfect song for times I want music that invokes a feeling of reverence. I sent this beautiful hymn to two people I was once in a handbell choir with who thought it was lovely, too. I'll be forwarding it to others as well. Thanks for sharing it, Nonna. :)

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

Campanas de Belen

(Bells of Bethlehem)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1u3iqCBrsM

Thomas Jefferson: “Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever."

Viva La Revolucion!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmaTNf4YhEs

I wish I knew what the words meant,

but that's a very winsome and appealing song.

Here ya go:

http://lyricsplayground.com/alpha/songs/xmas/campanasobrecam...

This is the first time I heard that song. And yes, it is very winsome and appealing!

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

Thank you ever so much

for posting the lyrics. They are even more lovely than I had hoped!

Watch this :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6RlCSSbBXk

“It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till." -J.R.R. Tolkien

Musical Interruption

Earlier I was telling Habit4ming, who'd posted a lovely version of Carol of the Bells, that I loved that song and collected different versions of it. I posted my favorite. (http://www.dailypaul.com/265035/fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la?p...) Well, when I went looking for that food-court flash mob of the Halleluia Chorus, the people who had filmed it linked their most recent Christmas video. In a different way, it's pretty amazing, too!

Musical Interruption - Carol of the Bells
http://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_621412...

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

Loved it!

I'm typing this with a tear-smudged face here. At some point I was going to post this clip (over 39 million hits!)...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXh7JR9oKVE

...but I like the one you posted better. It was just wonderful when all those people started singing along. Thank you, Katniss. That made my day. :)

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

I just got rid of the last downvote--

mercy--

There are always those who disapprove of something--

beautiful, inspiring--

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

If you're an atheist, why bother coming to this thread?

They know what this thread is about, why do they want to waste their time and downvote?
Don't click and you won't be offended.
Thanks for getting rid of the downvoters.

I wasn't actually offended--

I'm not sure that it was an atheist who posted that; it might just be a disgruntled person--

who knows?

sometimes people just need to vent--

I love Christmas music--

There might be some who were offended by the tune to the first song; it's being used as the Euro-theme--

from "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee"--

so I assumed that that was the reason for protest--

I don't think that use disfigures a beautiful tune--

and words/lyrics do matter--

those lyrics are inspiring--

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

Wow! That was great!

What's with the down votes? Love flash mobs at Christmas singing in the malls. That last song, O Holy Night, with the beautiful harmonies going and the surprise scene in the middle of it all, was very touching.

Thank you for posting that, Katniss! I am going to share that one with people on my email list.

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

Ah, what the heck...

I'm a rock and roll guy, but I really dig All I Want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey. Great retro vibe and cool, upbeat tune.

Christmas Songs, 2012

Oh, all right!! I love Christmas and all this month, Christmas time! It always is a happy time for me. I play my Christmas music a little before Thanksgiving, even! lol. Been doing that since I was a little boy listening to it because my parents started playing it before Thanksgiving. It got us all in the festive mood.

My Mom and I would decorate the inside of home Thanksgiving weekend or the weekend after it and would leave decorations up for a week or two weeks into the New Year! lol Dad and I would hang the lights outside in the front yard, back yard, the back deck and porch. Such fun, I tell you. All the while, we'd be listening to Christmas music because we installed speakers throughout the home and in the backyard patio ceiling.

When my friends came over, they always complimented us on our home looking warm, inviting, comfortable and festive. So comfortable was one of my friends when he visited one evening during Christmas vacation when we were about 16 years old that he on the couch and I on the floor I fell asleep in front of the Christmas tree while we listened to Christmas music and caught up what each of us was doing. Isn't that funny? My friend and I, both 16 years or so old, fell asleep while we talking and listening to Christmas music and admiring the Christmas tree! lol! What a memory! You know, I have a couple friends, and I care about them a lot. Really, I love them, but I wish they'd get their acts together about why our country is in shambles. Love my friends, but on this matter they're slooow on the uptake. lol.

The Christmas music I enjoy is traditional. My dad would stay up hours in evening and into early morning recording Christmas songs on his reel to reel player off the radio. He did this for years. He'd record, then edit out the commercials and transfer the music to cassettes. He amassed a large collection of music during those years, the 1980s. We'd play the tapes in the car when he'd drive me to school, and I'd play the cassettes in my tape player in my room when it was time for sleep. As my dad brought Christmas music to his family, me and my Mom, I love bringing those songs to people this time of year wherever I am, especially where I work and where I patronize (because I get to know people where I buy things from). Without further ado, here are a few of my favorite Christmas songs!

1) Andy Williams' "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year." Everyone loves this song. It's classic.
2) Husband and wife team Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme singing Happy Holidays!" Best version of the song. Gotta love the whistlin too'! Check out their other Christmas songs, at least this one. They're faaantastic!
3) Tony Bennett, "Santa Claus is Coming to Town." Love the band springing into action at one minute before the song ends!

If you want me to place more songs, let me know! MEEEERRRRRYY CHRISTMAS, everyone!

School's fine. Just don't let it get in the way of thinking. -Me

Study nature, not books. -Walton Forest Dutton, MD, in his 1916 book whose subject is origin (therefore what all healing methods involve and count on), simple and powerful.

Yes

"I've got that holiday feeling no-o-ow!"

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

Oh, yeaaaah, mdefarge. Lovin'

Oh, yeaaaah, mdefarge. Lovin' this time of year! I got that feeling too.

School's fine. Just don't let it get in the way of thinking. -Me

Study nature, not books. -Walton Forest Dutton, MD, in his 1916 book whose subject is origin (therefore what all healing methods involve and count on), simple and powerful.

Yeah!

I love napping by the Christmas tree.

Yeah, it's comforting to look

Yeah, it's comforting to look at and smell. Looking at one is relaxing. Do you play Christmas music too while lie next to the tree? I do. Talking about the Christmas tree, I gotta put up a tree soon! I'm behind schedule! lol

School's fine. Just don't let it get in the way of thinking. -Me

Study nature, not books. -Walton Forest Dutton, MD, in his 1916 book whose subject is origin (therefore what all healing methods involve and count on), simple and powerful.

Christmas trees and

Christmas music are two peas in a pod. I would be lost with just one of them and not the other.

Agreed. And me too. :)

Agreed. And me too. :)

School's fine. Just don't let it get in the way of thinking. -Me

Study nature, not books. -Walton Forest Dutton, MD, in his 1916 book whose subject is origin (therefore what all healing methods involve and count on), simple and powerful.

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
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPyu792UDVs

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.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADbJLo4x-tk

Thanks

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Sorry, but I had to include this.

A Fairytale of New York, by the Pogues:

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1nxmt_the-pogues-a-fairyta...

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