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HOLIDAY CHEER !

  

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By:  john-russell  •  7 months ago  •  11 comments

HOLIDAY CHEER !
Let's make it songs and anything else people want to post related to the holidays. No negativity. 

Let's make it songs and anything else people want to post related to the holidays. No negativity. 

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“There are many things from which I might have derived good, by which I have not profited, I dare say,” returned the nephew; “Christmas among the rest. But I am sure I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round—apart from the veneration due to its sacred name and origin, if anything belonging to it, can be apart from that—as a good time: a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time:  the only time I know of , in the long calendar of the year,  when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely , and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys. And therefore, uncle, though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pocket, I believe that it  has  done me good, and  will  do me good; and I say, God bless it!”

Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

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White Christmas - Elton John

Give Love On Christmas Day - Jackson 5

Christmas To Christmas - Tanya Tucker

What Are You Doing New Years Eve? - Nancy Wilson

Silver Bells - Doris Day


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JohnRussell
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1  author  JohnRussell    7 months ago

A Visit from St. Nicholas , more commonly known as   The Night Before Christmas   and   ' Twas the Night Before Christmas   from its first line, is a   poem   first published anonymously under the title   Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas   in 1823 and later attributed to   Clement Clarke Moore , who claimed authorship in 1837.

The poem has been called "arguably the best-known verses ever written by an American"   and is largely responsible for some of the conceptions of   Santa Claus   from the mid-nineteenth century to today. It has had a massive effect on the history of   Christmas   gift-giving. Before the poem gained wide popularity, American ideas had varied considerably about   Saint Nicholas   and other   Christmastide   visitors.   A Visit from St. Nicholas   eventually was set to music and has been recorded by many artists.

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A Visit from St. Nicholas - Wikiwand

'Twas The Night Before Christmas

clement-clarke-moore.jpg By   Clement Clarke Moore

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds;
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter's nap,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow,
Gave a lustre of midday to objects below,
When what to my wondering eyes did appear,
But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny rein-deer,
With a little old driver so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment he must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:
"Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donder and Blixen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"
As leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;
So up to the housetop the coursers they flew
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too--
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a pedler just opening his pack.
His eyes--how they twinkled! his dimples, how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard on his chin was as white as the snow;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke, it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly
That shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight--
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!"


Clement Clarke Moore. "'Twas The Night Before Christmas." Family Friend Poems,

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
Professor Principal
2  Just Jim NC TttH    7 months ago

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
Senior Guide
3  Right Down the Center    7 months ago

We like traditional Christmas music but every once in a while you have to jazz it up

 
 
 
evilone
Professor Guide
4  evilone    7 months ago

My favorite Christmas album...

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Senior Expert
5  Drinker of the Wry    7 months ago

I can't pick.  I grew uplisting to Ella and Louis:

 
 
 
Dig
Professor Participates
6  Dig    7 months ago

Here's a fun story for Christmas Eve...

[NPR] 'Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree' goes to No. 1 — after 65 years

Finally got a music video, too. Rock on Brenda Lee!

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And here's my favorite live performance of the song she beat out for number one (from a concert in Japan, strangely enough), Mariah Carey's 'All I want for Christmas is you.'

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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6.1  author  JohnRussell  replied to  Dig @6    7 months ago

Great video !

 
 
 
JohnRussell
Professor Principal
7  author  JohnRussell    7 months ago

Jackie Gleason, yes that Jackie Gleason,  had an orchestra, at least for recording purposes. Here is the band with two Christmas favorites.

I'll Be Home For Christmas /Baby Its Cold Outside - Jackie Gleason

 
 
 
JohnRussell
Professor Principal
8  author  JohnRussell    7 months ago

for  the warm weather folks

Christmas Island - Jimmy Buffett

 
 
 
JohnRussell
Professor Principal
9  author  JohnRussell    7 months ago

a favorite especially timely this year

Grown Up Christmas List - Amy Grant

 
 
 
JohnRussell
Professor Principal
9.1  author  JohnRussell  replied to  JohnRussell @9    7 months ago
Do you remember me?
I sat upon your knee
I wrote to you
With childhood fantasies

Well, I'm all grown-up now
Can you still help somehow?
I'm not a child
But my heart still can dream

So here's my lifelong wish
My grown-up Christmas list
Not for myself
But for a world in need

[Chorus]

No more lives torn apart
That wars would never start
And time would heal all hearts
Every man would have a friend
That right would always win
And love would never end
This is my grown-up Christmas list

What is this illusion called
The innocence of youth?
Maybe only in our blind belief
Can we ever find the truth
[Piano]

[Chorus]

There'd be
No more lives torn apart
That wars would never start
And time would heal all hearts
Every man would have a friend
That right would always win
And love would never end
This is my grown-up Christmas list

This is my only lifelong wish
This is my grown-up Christmas list
 
 

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