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A family tradition. by johnnythemonkey on 25 December 2007 4:32am
I bought Margaret a naff Christmas card when I was 18. It is a bell-shaped musical card that plays " White Christmas ". The original message was simple... " To Margaret, love John ". Later the message was added to, " And Christina 1986 " and " Marianne 1992". It is usually brought out each year and I just add the current year date.
Re: A family tradition. by MMMmmm... on 25 December 2007 4:41am
That is sweet, Johnny...
Re: A family tradition. by kazzzz on 26 December 2007 10:02am
Missy bought us a musical card that Ava adores :)
The cats are terrified of it though!
Re: A family tradition. by johnnythemonkey on 26 December 2007 10:05am
Editor !
Re: A family tradition. by mrsthing on 26 December 2007 9:10pm
I got my husband a Christmas card that has a picture of someone from a TV show dressed in a costume. You open the card, and the little chip says, "I'm the Holiday Armadillo! I'm a friend of Santa's, and he sent me here to wish you a Merrrrry Christmas!"

He loved it! :-) That's why I married him--I love weird men. (That's probably why I like John Cleese, too.)
Re: A family tradition. by Spursfan on 26 December 2007 9:48pm
...and J-t-M hahahahahahaha!

[Sorry Johnny - only joking!]

Re: A family tradition. by geordiegirl on 27 December 2007 7:42pm
We always play the Christmas part of'The Messiah' when opening Christmas presents.
Re: A family tradition. by MMMmmm... on 27 December 2007 11:45pm
I'm not really religious - but the songs that affect me the most deeply on Christmas are usually Ave Maria and O Night Divine, they can almost make me weep. They are just so immensely beautiful and powerful.

I saw a Christmas special on public television where the students of St. Olaf's Academy sang, and I was amazed by how angelic they all looked when they were singing. I didn't know it was possible for teenagers to look so angelic and innocent nowadays. They were really filled with the beauty and sacredness of the songs, it was quite amazing, and hopeful...

I'm sure Johnny's renditions of the songs would be a bit different. </;)
Re: A family tradition. by mrsthing on 28 December 2007 3:48am
MMMmmm, if you love "O Holy Night" (I think that's what you meant), you'd probably love this:


It's a guy singing a duet with a recording of his own boy soprano version of the song. He has the most perfect little boy voice, and his adult voice is beautiful, too.

And here's the most gorgeous Ave Maria I've ever heard:


The refrain never fails to move me to tears.

I love all the songs of Christmas, sacred or secular, but I prefer the sacred ones done pretty straight--no jazzing them up or adding pop-style ornamentation. They're beautiful just as they are.

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