On Gifts 2012

interfaithlogoYes, I believe in Santa Claus, and the reason is simple – Santa Claus is a spirit of giving and kindness that transcends all cultures.

This post is for Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, secular humanists, Atheists, agnostics, and all other belief systems because this my way of saying thank you with hopes that it brings a smile and warms your heart.

To me, there is no other day like Christmas Eve as it brings a sense of calmness. I smile when driving by closed stores with empty parking lots. Traffic is light as we pass houses with outdoor holiday lights. Listening to calm, classic music of the season adds to the sense of calmness.

In the spirit of Santa Claus, here are my gifts to you – my visitors – for I owe you for the many joys you’ve given me here and throughout WordPress.  So, go under the tree, not only take your pick, but you also get as many as you like. In addition, you can make more than one trip and invite your friends. The only condition is that everyone tells me your gifts of choice. Afterwards, head to the buffet and bar for bountiful treats! … and feel free to mingle with the good people here.

Whether Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays, cheers and thanks to all!

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Enjoy the trailer to the classic movie, Holiday Inn

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Smile with Tchaikovsky’s Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy on a Glass Harp

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Laugh and sing with the Aussies to Six White Boomers

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Dance to the Christmas Waltz as it provides great background for classic holiday movie scenes

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Tap along with rousing bells of a large choir playing vigorous, joyous holiday song

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Be awed by the universe through the Hubble Telescope and Oh Holy Night

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Observe the beauty Aurora Borealis to one of my favorite Mannheim Steamroller tunes: Silent Night

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Take in the joys of George Winston’s piano and to images of snow

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Marvel at one playing all the cello parts

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Laugh with Bob Hope as he entertains troops in Vietnam (1966)

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Be in awe of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir with this Nigerian carol

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Wonder about the naughty Santa

Interfaith graphic by Justice St. Rain (Bahá’í Community) of Interfaith Resources

On the Last Shopping Week

I imagine the major shopping areas were crazy this week – but I wouldn’t know because I stayed away from them!

We had a good weekend and hope yours was productive and fun. Friday started with a flurry as we went to our friend’s home for a holiday party. He’s the one whose wife passed away a year ago – and I must say – he not only did great, but his home was alive with friends and neighbors!

We also had some time to be at our dance studio, plus went to the annual ballroom dance holiday ball in the ballroom at historical Cincinnati Music Hall (past post).

If this week goes as planned, I’ll post everyday. Plus, I have to prepare for my holiday party on Christmas Eve. Of course, everyone is invited, so bring a friend! It will start early with hopes that the Aussies will attend.

Some of you may be looking for holiday gift ideas. Besides The Onion’s wonderful collection for kids, the home, and the one who has everything, this video will give you even more ideas. Enjoy … and have a wonderful week.

On a Time for Gifts

Christmas Eve is here. Later tonight, I look forward to the customary drive to church where I see empty parking lots and festivities in the homes along the way.

My readers have given me gifts of visits, likes, and comments. You are a very  gracious lot. Interestingly, this is post #800, which has generated almost 54,000 visits, and over well 3,000 comments from visitors (not counting my responses).

This past week’s posts took us on a music journey through the vast world of humanity. Given the comments, you appreciated the surprises along the way.

Under the Christmas tree you will like a variety of gifts. Pick as many as you like, but I insist you take at least one … and I hope you tell me the gift(s) you selected. (I’m very interested to see what John takes.) I’ve also added some blog references for fun – but I can’t mention everyone!

Merry Christmas!

The handbell lovers have two choices. Tonight, our choir is joining forces with the vocal choir for this combined Noel Festival. (No YouTube, but a high quality recording without the bells.) Meesh, I believe this is a French carol.

We are also playing this version of Silent Night to accompany the congregation with candle light. Kay, you enjoy calm & beauty through music.

On the Time post I featured Lynn Purse, so here is another one of your compositions – Father Christmas.

Here’s a treat from Australia of a fabulous light show at St. Mary’s Cathedral … and it is very fitting for the day.  (thanks Mags)

Since Carol of the Bells is a holiday favorite, this is done by a very good handbell choir. (Rita, extra handbell music to widen your choice.)

For anyone who hasn’t heard of Santa’s Six White Boomers, here ya go .. Ah those crazy Aussies. Wonder if Les will enjoy this?

Need a nostalgic trip? This video has clips of holiday movies and music to the Christmas Waltz. I know that Nonnie loves movies, and this is perfect for Beagz’ Belle.

Here’s a music scenic trip for the season. Photographers as Robin, Joe,  and Otto will enjoy this

Need to laugh? El Guapo and Hansi will love this, but who may have to fight Eleanor.