Saturday, December 24, 2011

We wish you a...

...Merry Christmas! And if Christmas isn't your holiday, have a wonderful weekend!

We'll be with the grandkids and their parents, seeing Christmas through the excitement of children. And that is the best gift we could ask for.

I began Christmas Eve day as I always do: listening to the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from King's College in Cambridge, England. Every year it opens with the pure soprano voice of a young boy singing "Once in Royal David's City," and every year I get chills the instant I hear it. Somewhere deep inside me lives the girl who loved midnight Mass and whose greatest musical performance thrill was playing the organ for the parish men's choir for two years. (Remember, beating Bob Dylan in a talent contest wasn't especially significant until several years later when he became uber-famous.)

The Festival is broadcast around the world by American Public Media and the BBC; you can learn more about it on the APM web site and listen to it until December 31 on the BBC site.

May you, too, encounter something during this holiday that stirs fond memories and deep satisfaction within. And just for good measure, a couple of bonus pix:


10 comments:

Linda Myers said...

I believe I'll tune in to that music. Thanks!

Marion Williams-Bennett said...

What a beautiful day!

Choir of Kings College has become the soundtrack to my Christmas. So holy, so beautiful. Thank you for the details on how to hear this today!

Happy Happy Christmas to you and yours!

Teresa Evangeline said...

My, those two little angels are growing up! Merry Christmas to all of you!

Rubye Jack said...

Such cute grandkids!
I think I'll go over and listen to the BBC while I make some cornbread.

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Far Side of Fifty said...

Merry Christmas! :)

DJan said...

Merry, merry Christmas. And thanks for the bonus pictures. You are a special friend. :-)

Jeanne said...

Merry Christmas, Nancy!

Jeanie said...

I think we were listening to the same thing! Merriest of Merries -- I know it must have been by those lovely children's faces!

Allyson said...

Our soundtrack to Christmas has traditionally been Bing Crosby but in the spirit of beginning new traditions for our own family, I think I will add that one to the list. Thank you for the info!

Sharla Greenway said...

We became grandparents for the 1st time on Christmas Day, so we have all this fun to look forward to!!

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