Christmas Countdown: 0

Twelve Days of ChristmasCountdown 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):

Celebrate Chillaxmas!

Wishing a very Happy Christmas to all of you and yours!

Go forth and spread beauty and light.

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The canonical fool on the hill watching the sunset and the rotation of the planet and thinking what he imagines are large thoughts. View all posts by Wyrd Smythe

4 responses to “Christmas Countdown: 0

  • dianasschwenk

    Merry Christmas Smitty! You made me laugh with the Partridge is in the pear tree, I repeat, the Partridge is in the pear tree… 😀
    Diana xo

    • Wyrd Smythe

      Merry Christmas, Lady Di! I’m glad you enjoyed my “First Day of Christmas” joke (tomorrow, apparently, is about some sort of genetic cross between doves and turtles — never did understand that part — didn’t know they even had advanced genetics in those ye olde days).

  • Wyrd Smythe

    ♩♪ Musical Notes:

    The lyrics to Joy To The World are due to Isaac Watts in 1719. They are based on Psalm 98. The music is by Lowell Mason in 1839 and may have roots in Handel (mainly the chorus).

    Christmas Eve/Sarajevo is a medley of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen and Carol of the Bells by Trans-Siberian Orchestra. For details, you can read the Wiki page.

    (Christmas) Baby Please Come Home was written by Ellie Greenwich, Jeff Barry, and Phil Spector. It was first published sung by Darlene Love for a Christmas compilation record in 1963. In December, 2010, Rolling Stone magazine ranked it first on their list of greatest rock ‘n’ roll Christmas songs.

    The version here was apparently done during a sound check for the band (U2).

    Winter Wonderland, really a winter song often included with Christmas songs, is by Relix Bernard and Richard Smith in 1934. It was recorded by Artie Shaw, Guy Lombardo, Johnny Mercer and Perry Como, but the Eurythmic’s version is most often played these days.

    Silent Night, Holy Night (Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht) is a 1818 German Christmas standard covered by many, many artists choral groups. It was composed by Franz Gruber to lyrics by Joseph Mohr.

  • Wyrd Smythe

    ☁☁ ☹☂ ☁☁ Weather Notes:

    The weather has continued to be cloudy and gray (going on two weeks with just one sunny day over a week ago). It’s been consistently above freezing for four days (plus we’ve had rain), so the snow is long gone. Not a hint of it for Christmas.

    (And for the record I’m seriously depressed. Christmas alone sucks. Christmas without snow sucks. Christmas without a ray of sunshine for over a week sucks. At least the days will be getting longer. I guess that’s something.)

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