Christmas Fun

Post your Christmas stories, videos, pictures and memes here. Let’s have a little holiday fun!

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  1. Harry Lime says:

    Linus Christmas Speech

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  2. Bob Thoms says:

    Kinda off topic; but maybe not too far…………anyone have a “go to” place for holiday e-cards? Something like this only higher quality animation?

    https://www.jacquielawson.com/sendcard/preview?cont=1&hdn=0&fldCard=3474466&path=83563&pmode=init

    Thanks,

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  3. Sarah McLachlan’s “White is in the Winter Night” for Dr Who

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  4. Christmas won’t be Christmas without the Silent Monks’ Alleluia chorus:

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    • Bob Thoms says:

      These can’t be real monks. Some of them appear to be women. By definition, Monk is a community of men. These folks seem to be making a mockery of the character of monks.

      I think this is insulting to men who are serious about their devotions.

      Maybe I am too doctrine on this but that is my thoughts.

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      • Minnie says:

        I believe they are children, Bob, and I don’t take it as an insult to Monks but rather an honoring of them.

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        • It’s just a group of high schoolers (from Port Orchard, WA) addressing the question of how monks living under a vow of silence could still “sing” if inspired to. The visual novelty was first done in 2008, and was so popular with audiences they keep bringing it back.

          I have often gone on silent retreats, and I do respect the level of commitment monks and nuns devote to their calling. That said, their ordered lives are very odd in the context of modern civilization. And monks are full of humor about it. They make jokes themselves about how weird their way of life is, saying things like, “The first 60 years are the hardest.”

          At the high desert abbey where I used to visit, there’s a statue of Jesus placed at the fork of a road, with his arms open toward each side. I asked one monk what he felt was the intent of doing that. He said, reverently, that Jesus stands at the fork of every road. Then, after a perfect stand-up comedic beat, he added, “And on the popular holidays, we need someone to direct traffic.”

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      • formerdem says:

        as a third order dominican and former member of the legion of mary and YOU NAME IT, I think this is just hilarious.

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      • Well, I used to live in a monastery, and I can assure you that we would have been laughing and egging the kids on…… You gotta get a sense of humor……

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  5. Pat Boone’s “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” for Lex and Lana in Smallville

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  6. yy4u says:

    We always spent Christmas at Grandma’s. It was in the 1940’s (yes, I’m THAT old). She lived in an old house, no central heat, oil stoves in the sitting/dining room and two bedrooms, hers and an upstairs bedroom. Another bedroom had a register in it and the rising heat heated that bedroom. The other bedrooms were C O L D.

    The parlor was closed off wasn’t open in winter, except for Christmas. The tree would be in the parlor which was as cold as a refrigerator.

    I’d get up before anyone else and go down the (unheated) stairs and sit there looking through the French door into the parlor, streetlight outside glinting off the tinsel (remember tinsel?). One year it snowed on Christmas Eve and the effect was magical. After a little while, I’d go into the parlor, look at the gifts Santa had left arranged around the base of the tree without touching any of them then go back upstairs to bed and wait for everyone to get up and all the excitement would begin. By then my teeth were chattering and my feet as cold as bricks in January. But its a memory that sticks with me all these years, streetlights glinting on tinsel covered trees — the magic of Christmas.

    And by the way, the food the next day was to die for, turkey and Grandma’s dressing, snap beans and mashed potatoes, rice pudding for dessert.

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  7. helloworld8889 says:

    I’ve had this site for several years. Enjoy! http://steveschristmasfunsite.blogspot.com/

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  8. “Christmas Song” by Frank Sinatra for Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock

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  9. Deb says:

    One of my favorites.

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  10. 17CatsInTN says:

    This has become my newest favorite version of this song…written by Mark Lowry, accompanied by Voctave.

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  11. TeaForAll says:

    Kaylee Rogers the voice of a Angle
    My Nephew is Autistic and loves to sing
    This one is for you John

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  12. Sylvia Avery says:

    Merry Christmas, Treepers! I know many of you share my love of animals, especially dogs.

    Here is a unique Christmas story for those who love dogs and for anyone who has ever rescued a dog or other animal. It is a sweet story with a happy ending and it is a thoughtful take on The Christmas Story. I didn’t cry, but my eyes are a tiny bit watery. I’ll feed you one small excerpt, and the link:

    “…God sought us before we knew Him, reached out to us before we trusted Him and loved us before we knew how to love him back. He sent someone like us…an intermediary…Jesus, to communicate his message in a way we could understand…”

    https://townhall.com/columnists/susanstamperbrown/2017/12/18/an-alaskan-christmas-story-n2423831

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  13. Postcards from my antique collection of Santa cards for “How Oft Louisa” by Richard Sheridan, from his musical comedy The Duenna. These are the pleasant Santas. Transcribed from an original score into midi.

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      • I fear I’ll have to redo my video of nasty santa postcards as I see the video is jumping around. I went from Avid to Premier and things get strange. I was attempting to transcribe a music manuscript from about 1780 or so into midi and noticed that a lot of the songs Henry Livingston loved came from that opera, so I bought the score and started transcribing the whole opera. Love antique postcards.

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  14. sunnydaze says:

    Yesterday I went to a Head Start “Fun Day” thing with a couple of little neighbor children and their mom.

    It was “yoga day” and they’d spread out a bunch of mats for the kids and a -really very good- instructor for the children.

    I like yoga. Only problem was, they were (predictably) mixing in a bit of “spiritual” symbolism with the practise.

    To start, she had them do the Namaste prayer hands at their heads , then heart level. When they got to the heart level, she asked, “And what’s in your heart?” (Apparently, the “right” answer was “Love”).

    One of the little girls I came with yelled out, with a big smile on her face “Jesus!!!”

    This is a very religious area, and a bunch of parents gave my little friend a big smile and kudos.

    It.Was.Fantastic.

    Out of the mouths of babes.

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  15. 17CatsInTN says:

    Here’s a pic of my sisters and I taken at Christmas in 1961. My mother LOVED the new fangled aluminum Christmas trees and she just had to have one. She also got the revolving color wheel and placed it strategically next to the tree and we watched in awe as it changed colors. It was pretty spectacular in its day. Guess you had to be there… 🙂

    PS That’s me on the far right….I was 8.

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  16. nikkichico7 says:

    Here a good one, Mel Torme’ woke up from being sound asleep and wrote this song, after he heard Nat King Cole sing it Mr. Torme’ sad Mr. Cole was meant to sing it. 🎄

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  17. nikkichico7 says:

    🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄❤️😉

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  18. Rex says:

    A facebook flashback from one year ago today:
    I had stopped by to visit my three year old grand-daughter. I asked her to explain the little nativity scene her parents set up in the living room. She was able to identify the wise men and the shepherds. I asked her, “Where is Baby Jesus?” ….
    “He’s right there in his car seat, (manger) Pa-Pa !”

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  19. sunnydaze says:

    My favorite scene from “Miracle on 34th”. Apparently, it’s someone else’s fave scene also, so we get a clip!:

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  20. Handel’s “Hallelujah” for Castle

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    • sunnydaysall says:

      One of my all-time favorite songs at Chrismas and Mannheim Steamroller has been a staple at our home for Christmas music since the mid-80’s! Beautifull, and thanks for posting! ❤

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  21. nikkichico7 says:

    How about Brenda Lee?

    🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄

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    • sunnydaysall says:

      Christmas is not Christmas without this song! Our kids loved it years ago and now the grandkids dance every Christmas to these old Christmas pop songs! ❤ Thnks for posting 🙂

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  22. Notwende says:

    This one really represents the spirit of Christmas to me:

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  23. amwick says:

    This is the legendary Christmas Flamingo that travels from house to house in our little neighborhood.

    I left him at our friend’s sister’s house..They are winging in from CA tomorrow. The idea is that if you get “Flamingoed” you enjoy his company and then secretly pass him off to another yard. It is a little fun thing here… although this year he was late, because of recent traveling.
    Christmas Eve he comes home. He has done this for four (?) years.

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  24. nikkichico7 says:

    Okay, so I’m old ….. 😑 …… I watched this on TV and was totally mesmerized,

    ….. along with Frosty the Snowman

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  25. farmhand1927 says:

    My paternal grandparents lived down the road from us, they were farmers, also. They would come to church with us on Christmas Eve to hear we grandkids in the Christmas program. Besides singing carols in the church chancel, each Sunday School student also had to take a turn “reciting our piece” which was a Bible verse. As a large group, we also stood before the congregation and recited the Christmas Story according to St. Luke in unison. I remember tearing up every year as the pipe organ up in the loft seemed to boom louder than ever each Eve as “O, Come All Ye Faithful” was played at the end of the service. Many members sang their Christmas carols in German.

    Following church, my dad maneuvered our heavy American made car with seats stuffed with horsehair down icy roads from town out to our remote country road, past our farm and on to the next farm which belonged to my grandparents

    Grandma had a buffet ready to lay out on the dining room table spread with her white tablecloth with the poinsettia border. We ate from clear plates that held a matching cup. You can still find them as collectibles in antiques shops called snack sets or hostess sets. Soon after we got into the house, the smell of ham, Grandma’s homemade cheese, bread baked that afternoon, anise cookies and her big gray enamel coffeepot of strong “Joe” filled the house. Grandma baked so many sugar cookies, molasses cookies, etc., she stored them in a big enamel roaster pan, layers of cookies separated by wax paper. She kept the roaster in the spare bedroom to keep them chilled.

    As supper was being laid out, my Grandpa would light the real candles on their tree and the last lit match was used to also light his pipe. Then he poured every member of the family, children included, a small juice glass of Mogen David wine. When Grandma announced, “Draw up to the table now, and fill your plates”, Grandpa would pass out the wine and he offered a Christmas toast. After we drank our wine, he said grace and we all joined him in reciting the Lord’s Prayer.

    Following supper, there was a gift for everyone under the tree. Most years we kids got pajama’s. My dad would get pipe tobacco or new work gloves. My mother would get a new handmade apron or small bottle of Evening in Paris cologne.

    Once the gifts were exchanged, my Grandpa would bring out his violin and we’d turn off the lights, only the candles on the tree provided light, and he’d play “Away in the Manger” and “O, Holy Night”.

    Then it was time to say goodnight. We collected our coats from my grandparent’s bed, my Dad would go out and get the car warmed up for our short ride home.

    Best Christmases ever for this old farm girl.

    May the Lord bless and keep you and your families, safe, happy and healthy as you celebrate together and share the memories that warm your hearts. We are indeed blessed, aren’t we?

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  26. BrittB says:

    I tried to share Buddy the Elf , the moment he sees fake Santa . Soooo great!

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  27. New Nonna to be Again!!! says:

    I love all your stories, memories and song/tv or movie posts, dear Treepers.

    Thank you, dear Menagerie, for starting this thread.

    Does any other Treeper have a memory of a Christmas Eve salad as follows:

    Served on a platter, hard boiled eggs, cut in half length wise, black pitted olives, roasted red peppers, sliced to bearable portion size, seedless oranges cut so as to be able to take a piece and pull back the peel as you ate it, anchovies all drizzled with olive oil (and a lil garlic powder and black pepper, which could just be me adding these things make everything sort of go together better, I’m not sure. I’ve been making this so many years I don’t remember if it’s part of the tradition or just something I add).

    This is a family tradition from my mom’s mom (my beautiful Grandma who died too young -64- when I was only 10) but mom doesn’t have an explanation of why those particular items make up this Christmas Eve Salad tradition.

    Anyone familiar to such a tradition? Anyone have any explanation of why these particular items?

    (Please don’t comment if you think the combination is gross. It sounds that way when I describe it to anyone, but it is really very refreshing and good. Thank you.)

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    • My grandmother called the oranges set out that way “pips.” There used to be special plates for the hard boiled eggs. That particular combination sounds Italian. We were Heinz 57 variety, so a real mix and match of foods. Also, I’m willing to bet your grandmother (yes, 64 is MUCH too young) was a far better cook than mine.

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    • sunnydaysall says:

      Sounds really tasty to me! My grandparents came to this country as legal immigrants from Italy and the anchovies and olive oil, spread all over everything, sounds very familiar but other family members married into the Greek lifestyle, and this tradition sounds very much like a Greek banquet to me! Yummm! 🙂

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  28. sunnydaze says:

    Oh yeah, another funny kid story:

    re. A nephew who is now about 15.

    When he was about 5, he went to the Mall before Xmas with some family members. Saw Santa while he was there.

    When he came back, he told me: “You know, that Santa at the store was definitely a Fake….. and I’m thinking of writing the to the real Santa to let him know that this man is impersonating him.”

    bwahhahaha! It was So.Hard. to not laugh!

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  29. sunnydaysall says:

    Merry Christmas Everyone ❤

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  30. pacnwbel says:

    We usually invite any single friends to join us at Christmas;aware that some might not have the wherewithal to bring gifts, we have a white elephant gift exchange which allows for creativity or oddball items gift wrapped. Everyone has a number, take your pick when the number is called, elect to open it or not, then the trading starts, sometimes one gift catches the imagination and becomes the most sought after. One of the all time favorites was a cardboard round to which a variety of pasta shapes had been glued and spray painted gold. It was a difficult shape to disguise so required creative wrapping skills, I got that darn thing again and again, finally passed it on successfully.

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  31. auscitizenmom says:

    When I was 3, my mother had made an apron for my little friend for Christmas. I wanted to be the one to give it to her, but Mom was worried I would tell her what was in the package, so I promised I wouldn’t tell. I went to her door and handed the package to her and said, “It is a surprise, so I can’t tell you what is in it. But, on Christmas morning you will open it and say, “Oh, what a pretty apron.” LOL

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  32. auntiefran413 says:

    No Christmas stories, videos, pictures and memes here…just a very sincere wish that each of the Treepers have a wonderful Christmas have a wonderful day filled with love, family, great food, and wonderful memories. God bless you…every one.

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