And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of
(You can listen to Linus saying it here.)
And then he turns, so somberly, to his sad friend and says simply, “That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”
Man, I love that.
Continuing in the holiday spirit, I here offer you my favorite Christmas songs this year. (My mood’s different enough this year that previous years’ preferences mean nothing.)
Lara’s Top Ten Christmas Songs of 2006:
10. “O Holy Night” by Celine Dion, Martina McBride, or Testimony A Cappella
Celine Dion’s version I love for the harmony in the middle of the song. Martina McBride’s version I love for the power and clarity of her voice. And Testimony’s version I love because, well, I’m narcissistic.
9. “Carol of the Bells” by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra
This song is just so dramatic and intense. It feels like it should be in a movie trailer, with scenes of thrilling chases and stuff. I always get the chills when I listen to the end of this song.
8. “O Come All Ye Faithful” by Testimony A Cappella
I love Testimony’s arrangement of this song, especially the end when the girls have their “soul solo.” I’m just bummed I never got to sing it when I was in the group.
7. “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” by the cast of It’s a Wonderful Life
The ending of this movie makes me cry every time I watch it. When the townspeople start showing up, giving George their money, my eyes get misty. When they all start singing this song, I cry. But when Harry shows up, and makes his toast – “To my big brother George, the richest man in town.” – I bawl. So beautiful.
6. “Please Come Home for Christmas” by the Eagles
I just like the melancholy, sultry sound of this song. It’s very bluesy and rich, as are many of the Eagles’ best songs. It fairly makes my heart ache, but this year, that feels completely appropriate.
5. “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” by Gayla Peevey
This song cracks me up every time I hear it. First of all, her voice is hilarious. Second, it’s a song about a hippo. A HIPPO. More Christmas songs need to be about “hippopotamuseses.”
4. “Same Auld Lang Syne” by Dan Fogelberg
Ah, I’ve always liked this song, but this year it seems especially fitting. The poignancy of the situation just gets to me. “Just for a moment I was back at school, and felt that old familiar pain. And as I turned to make my way back home, the snow turned into rain.” Sigh. So tragic.
3. “What Christmas Means to Me” by Stevie Wonder
Even in my low moments this Christmas, this song is so bouncy and fun that it just perks me up. The first few notes are enough to make my head snap up and my eyes light up. And then, of course, I start dancing like an idiot.
This song makes me think of so many people. People I’ve loved and lost, people with whom I’ve lost touch, people I just don’t see as often as I’d like. “And this is how I see you: In the snow on Christmas morning, love and happiness surround you as you throw your arms up to the sky. I keep this moment by and by.”
1. “River” by Sarah Maclachlan
I think we all already knew this song would top the list, but in case you missed it, you can see why I relate to it here. “I wish I had a river I could skate away on…”
Day 25 of LaBloShoeMo: The Tan Character Shoes
These are the dance shoes I wear for Ragtime, 1920’s and 1930’s performances. The tan color makes the leg appear longer – which, of course, I totally need, right? Two years ago for Christmas, my mom bought me my Ragtime gown, which you can see here:
I designed it, but I can’t sew worth a damn, so I had it made by an excellent seamstress in the area. I had general colors in mind, but the deep purple overlay with gold flecks? That was just spare fabric she happened to have lying around, and I lucked out and got to have it in my dress. I love this dress, and the shoes that go with it.