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Merry Christmas links and videos

This is my early Merry Christmas to You post. Blogging will be “lite” between now and January 2. I’ll be around — when I’ve got something to say and I’m not either drywalling or feasting. It just might not be every day.

If you’d like to use the comment section on this post to add links to your own favorite Christmas or winter music (as we did on Christmas 2015 with such beautiful results), that would be fun.

Meanwhile, on to the links, then the music vids below.






  1. rochester_veteran
    rochester_veteran December 22, 2017 2:32 am

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Claire! BTW, Renee Fleming is from my town and her mom was one of my wife’s customers when she worked at the IGA up the street from us. I’ll be watching/listening/enjoying the videos you posted during the course of the day today.

  2. Pat
    Pat December 22, 2017 8:39 am

    Merry Christmas to all!

    I’ve always liked the Food Court Hallelujah Chorus. It is so much in the holiday spirit of friendship and good will.

    And to follow up on Shel’s Silent Night, there is Celtic Woman’s A Christmas Celebration. Long, but if you have the time, worth listening to.

    (I’ve had it on youtube while baking some Cranberry-Nut Bread)

  3. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty December 22, 2017 8:57 am

    Happy Solstice, Claire – and everyone else here.

    I think it is finally winter. Got down to 1 degree this morning.

  4. larryarnold
    larryarnold December 22, 2017 9:13 am

    More Celtic Woman, with my favorite hymn:

    and my favorite from the Renaissance:

    Merry Christmas, Y’all

  5. coloradohermit
    coloradohermit December 22, 2017 3:38 pm

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Claire and all you commentariat!

  6. firstdouglas
    firstdouglas December 22, 2017 9:37 pm

    Merry Christmas Claire and all! The Spirit of Christmas album, Ray Charles, has been a favorite of mine these last number of decades. And thanks, all, for the musics!

  7. firstdouglas
    firstdouglas December 22, 2017 10:32 pm

    And I still like the 1970 Albert Finney version of A Christmas Carol. The movie’s title is Scrooge; doesn’t get enough mention among Christmas movies, to my mind. May be stretching it a bit, squeezing it in here with the Christmas music, but the movie’s pretty much a musical.

  8. Mike
    Mike December 23, 2017 9:44 am

    A very merry Christmas to you Claire.

  9. Mke
    Mke December 23, 2017 10:00 am

    Oh what the heck, here a Christmas video for you…

  10. Claire
    Claire December 23, 2017 10:34 am

    … Which led me to these Russians performing Beethoven — and Old MacDonald Had a Farm???

  11. Shel
    Shel December 23, 2017 6:08 pm

    Fascinating. It means a lot more than take a break and stay happy.

  12. Claire
    Claire December 24, 2017 8:21 am

    Not to be a scrooge here, and I hope somebody will look up “merry” and “rest” in the Oxford English Dictionary (to which I don’t have access, though I used to own one of those two-volume teeny-print copies that came with a magnifying glass). But gives very brief accounts of word origins, and doesn’t show “merry” meaning mighty or “rest” meaning make or keep.

    Even if the words did once have very different meanings, what the heck does “God keep you mighty, Gentleman” mean — especially in the context of a song supposedly written by peasants in a rebellion against the church class — which was supported by the “gentleman” class?

    I say horsefeathers. Good story, but still horsefeathers. Unless somebody with access to the OED proves I’m wrong.

  13. Comrade X
    Comrade X December 24, 2017 10:07 am

    I don’t know but I’s like the music.

    And the guy did say he’s a story teller.

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