Packages delayed

The network news told us last week or the week before that the USPS, FedEx and UPS were all “experiencing delays” with all the goods trying to get moved through the transportation system. I’m here to attest. Mom ordered some gifts via phone from Country Store Catalog on December 6. The goods were picked up/received …

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A Child was born

But how did the father feel about it? I’m reposting this as I do every year. Jo Walton is a poet, a science fiction author and an essayist. She wrote this story in 2004 about a man named Joseph. It’s wonderfully imaginative, and I’ve loved it since the day I read it years ago. Enjoy!

Christmas Eve and all is wrapped

So without further ado, we’ll listen as Michele Obama reads “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” Clement Clark Moore’s wonderful 1823 poem. Moore didn’t acknowledge his authorship until he published a book of poems in 1844. There’s apparently an ongoing dispute among some literati and academics as to whether he was the actual author. He was …

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There’s snow on the Big Island mountains

Barbra Streisand dreams of a “White Christmas” from her 1967 “A Christmas Album.” AllMusic.com gave the album 4 1/2 of 5 stars and said this: “Streisand gave her singing just enough personality without getting in the way of the familiar songs. They were trying to make a timeless classic, and that’s what they achieved.” I …

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Pops goes Christmas

Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops play a medley of “Here We Come A-Caroling/O Tannenbaum/I Saw Three Ships” from a 1972 performance with choir. The Pops have surely been able to attract charismatic conductors, haven’t they? From Fiedler (fifty years!) to John Williams (fourteen years) to Keith Lockhart (1995 to present), they’ve been led by …

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The Phantom sees the deity

Here’s Michael Crawford (yes, the Phantom of the Opera) singing “O Holy Night,” from a 1993 NBC TV special called “David Foster’s Christmas Album.” It was recorded and is available. The song was composed by a man named Adolphe Adam in 1847, setting the words of a poem written by Placide Cappeau to music. At …

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