Favorite Christmas Songs/Memories

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  1. Joshua Rhodes

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    One of my all-time favorite memories was the fact that my family never traveled on "Black Friday." There was too much to do at home! That was the day after Thanksgiving when we put up the Christmas decorations for the Christmas holiday. After the outside lights went on the house, we would come in for hot chocolate, and watch "White Christmas" (Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye) while we put up our fake Christmas tree with ornaments. What a blast! I still feel all tingly when I hear Bing sing:

    "I'd like to stay up with you, but I recommend a little shut-eye -
    Go to sleep, and dream of snow, snow, SNOW, SNOW, SNOW!"
     
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    I have great memories too, Joshua! My dad would make snow cream (still does sometimes) and we would eat it with delectable pie, cake or cobbler. I still love watching It's a Wonderful Life, The (old) Grinch and various Christmas treasures.

    This year my family tuned in to XM Holly while dressing the tree ... some of the time, anyway. Bing, Dean Martin, Judy Garland and all the greats were playing. We've been working on the tree and Christmas decor several days but I think we finished up everything except the outdoor lights last night. The memories hubby and I are making with our kids are equally as special but Christmas sure was funner 30 years ago. ;)
     
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    My favorite Christmas song is "O Holy Night".

    My favorite program for Christmas is "Mr Magoos Christmas Carol"

    I know, I know I am a strange man.

    Bro Tony
     
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    My favorite Christmas hymn right now is "Angels We Have Heard on High."

    My favorite Christmas song is "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)"
     
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    My favorite memories are when my brothers & sisters gathered to watch "A Charlie Brown Christmas", "The Grinch", & all the other children's classics. It was usually the only time we could all be in the same room without fighting.
     
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    Grandma got run over by a reindeer. :smilewinkgrin:

    Okay, sorry.

    O Holy Night, Lo how a Rose 'ere Blooming, Birthday of a King, and the Hallelujah Chorus.

    Of course, then there's O Come All Ye Faithful, Mary Did You Know?, Angels we have Heard on High, Silent Night.

    Okay, I like them all, even Little Drummer Boy....:saint:
     
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    We sat around the Christmas tree reading poetry. I laughed my head off that night.
     
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    Grandma got runover by a reindeer???:BangHead: :eek: Gross me out.
    I like Oh Come all Ye Faithful
    The Little Drmmer Boy
    Angel we have heard on high
    Silent Nigh most defiantely:applause:
     
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    When the kids were growing up, we ended up with some of our own 'traditions.' The day after Thanksgiving we would make gingerbread houses, and then the weekend would be taking down autumn decorations and putting up the Christmas decorations. I have one daughter who, to this day, refuses to consider the holiday season official until she has seen our copies of "White Christmas" and "It's a Wonderful Life."

    This year is shaping up to be one of the best Christmases yet. Our oldest son is engaged to a wonderful, wonderful young lady. Because they have to drive over the pass and up into Oregon from California, we celebrated with them for Thanksgiving. I asked Scott, before they drove up, what did he want to do the day after Thanksgiving (no guarantee of driving conditions north of Redding after that). He responded as though I had somehow lost my mind -- make gingerbread houses of course! Monica had never done that before! So we did. And you know something -- it IS kind of fun when they are done a little more artistically than eight year olds do! I loved those years, but this year was really special.

    They had to leave Saturday morning, so they weren't around to decorate for Christmas. BUT, Barry, who grew up so very poor, had never had much of a Christmas celebration and this year decided that, since our oldest daughter and son-in-law were flying out from Wisconsin to be with us at Christmas, we would get a really BIG tree. Because she is allergic to pine and such, it had to be an artificial tree.

    We got a NINE foot tree (we had to move the keyboard so that it would fit under the peak of the vaulted ceiling in the family room) and it took all weekend to get it decorated. I think I put every Christmas movie we have on the television, including even Red Skelton's Christmas collection.

    Tonight Barry is giving a presentation to what will evidently be a packed church (500+) on the Christmas Star -- what it was, and it is being professionally videotaped to be part of a series of videos that are being started of his work. So with family, and traditions, and tons of music (we are caroling with our church choir this year, house to house), and Barry's work being put together, this is shaping up to be an incredible time for us.

    I think we will be remembering this Christmas as one of the best, with so much to be thankful for and so much love and family around, and, what is so rare, an entirely Christian focus on everything, with Christ at the center of our lives individually and collectively. Even the video team turned out to be Christian. How incredible is that?

    Favorite songs? "O Holy Night" ranks right up there. But I also like the ones that make my retarded son so happy he claps: Jingle Bells, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Joy to the World, Frosty the Snowman....the stuff with a beat and rhythm is what he loves, so I sing them over and over again through the day and he loves it. The first song I ever learned to sign was Silent Night, so that also has a special place in my heart for that reason as well as the lovliness of the song itself.
     
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    Favorite Christmas Memory

    Perhaps my favorite Christmas memory is the year our church put on a children's Christmas program, in which Santa was in every scene!

    (PLEASE keep reading! While most parents objected at first, ALL insisted the play be performed after reading the script.)

    The play started with a line of children lined up to speak to Santa. They were loudly discussing what they wanted for Christmas. Santa interrupted them, stating that the presents are NOT the real reason for the season. The rest of the play had the children acting out the Biblical accounts in Matthew and Luke, with Santa narrating certain parts.

    In the final scene, Santa rose from his throne, walked to the manger, and humbly bowed to the Baby Jesus. The lights went out, and after a few seconds (maybe a minute), came back on, focused on the Baby. Santa was gone!

    I still cry when I think about this, since I was Santa. This was perhaps the best witnessing opportunity I had to those children -- and to their parents!

    :jesus: is the Reason the the season!

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    Favorite Song

    Oh, yeah! My favorite Christmas song is one I wrote myself, because of a children's Sunday School project a few years ago. The project was to write new words to praise Jesus, using a popular song, such as "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star". I am a poet, and it took me more than two hours to write two stanzas to "Twinkle"! Therefore, I decided NOT to do this project in my class.

    I did, however, tell the class about the proposed project, encouraging them to try it at home. However, the class unanimously said I should try to write a song to the tune "Jingle Bells". The result, "Birthday of Jesus", took me less than thirty minutes to write four stanzas and two choruses! A few weeks later, two girls in my class sang the song for our church.

    Birthday of Jesus



    (Chorus) Jesus Christ, Son of God, King of all the earth,
    How we love to praise Your Name and celebrate Your birth!
    Jesus Christ, Son of God, King of all the earth,
    How we love to praise Your Name and celebrate Your birth!


    Born in Bethlehem, two thousand years ago,
    He came one lonely night, to all His love to show.
    Predicted long before, the King of kings to be,
    This tiny Baby is the One Who reigns eternally.

    (Chorus)

    Shepherds on the hills expected nothing new,

    A night of watching sheep, the stars above in view;

    When angels lit the sky with news of Jesus’ days,

    They went to town to see the Babe, Who’s worthy of our praise.

    (Chorus)

    Wise men from the east traveled from their land
    To see the little Boy whose star had seemed so grand.
    They carried precious gifts; they gave them to the Boy,
    And went back home to tell their friends of never-ending joy.

    (Chorus)

    The bells are ringing still, to tell of Jesus’ birth.
    The choirs are singing out, to give Him all He’s worth.
    And yet the world goes on, not knowing Him Who came
    To give eternal life to all who call upon His Name.

    (Chorus 2) Jesus Christ, Son of God, help us praise Your Name.
    Teach us how to tell the world You love us all the same.
    Jesus Christ, Son of God, help us praise Your Name.
    Teach us how to tell the world You love us all the same.


    :godisgood: Merry Christmas!

    Bill
     
  12. Joshua Rhodes

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    Well done, bill!

    May I use it?
     
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    I can't get this song out of my head....owwwwww.....

    I want a hippopotamus for Christmas
    Only a hippopotamus will do
    Don't want a doll, no dinky Tinker Toy
    I want a hippopotamus to play with and enjoy

    I can see me now on Christmas morning,
    creeping down the stairs
    Oh what joy and what surprise
    when I open up my eyes
    to see a hippo hero standing there


    I want a hippopotamus for Christmas
    Only a hippopotamus will do
    No crocodiles or rhinoceroseses
    I only like hippopotamuseses
    And hippopotamuses like me too!


    Written by Gayla Peevey, a Baptist! :tongue3:

    Rob

     

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