Countdown reaches zero; engines start; the duodecad comes to life. We have Christmas Lift Off! (“The partridge is in the tree.” Repeat: “The partridge is in the tree.”) Christmas has launched! Today is the first of the Twelve Days of Christmas. On your mark, get set, go!
Two years ago at this time I was reeling from being Freshly Pressed. To this day no other post has so many readers or comments. (Just another irony in a life where they’re as common as Tribbles.) The final Way-Back links are to Christmas Thoughts and Christmas Afterthoughts (the latter of which has the poem I wrote about being FP — the former is about lefse and lutefisk).
Now here’s some music for Chillaxmas Day…
Let’s get things going with Mannheim Steamroller’s Joy To The World:
Here’s a video from Trans-Siberian Orchestra that’s well-made, interesting and just a little pointed (I’ve tried to keep it mellow and semi-blank, but the sharp edges of the world must not be entirely ignored):
Now a change of pace with U2 and Baby Please Come Home:
To end things, how about two by Dave Brubeck. We’ll start with White Christmas:
And close, appropriately, on Silent Night:
I’ve never heard of Kerrie Roberts, but this is a pretty good rendition of my favorite Christmas hymn. It’s got enough style to be interesting, but not so much it’s distracting. (I bet she could knock it out of the ballpark doing our National Anthem.) It’s a well-done quality video of a worthy version of a favorite, so bonus:
For an extra bonus Christmas present (and speaking of people I’ve never heard of), here’s a cute piece from a youthful a cappella group called Pentatonix (they also have a really nice version of The Little Drummer Boy):
Wishing a very Happy Christmas to all of you and yours!
Go forth and spread beauty and light.