Post your Christmas stories, videos, pictures and memes here. Let’s have a little holiday fun!
Linus Christmas Speech
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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?
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A British company but one of the originators of e-cards and very clever.
I.e. I’m really into “buy American” but feel those who are entrepreneurs in the field deserve loyalty, too.
I found this one:
Still looking for more?
GaryT. those are great; like the WH one!
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Sarah McLachlan’s “White is in the Winter Night” for Dr Who
Christmas won’t be Christmas without the Silent Monks’ Alleluia chorus:
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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.
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.”
as a third order dominican and former member of the legion of mary and YOU NAME IT, I think this is just hilarious.
Ok, I over reacted. My bad.
I imagine your overreaction came from a place of caring. I am not even Catholic and I am sensitive about nuns being made fun of if it is ugly or demeaning. I really didn’t think this was meant to be.
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……
Pat Boone’s “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” for Lex and Lana in Smallville
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That was wonderful……
Thank you. Sincerely. I have to admit I was always more a Lex/Lana fan than a Clark/Lana fan. HATED watching Lex go evil. Really wish the show had turned the canon upside down and made him a good guy.
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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Those were the days, only one precious present from each set of people (mom, uncle & aunt, grandparents), Santa coming up the stairs, turkey or ham, cornbread dressing, gravy, green , yams, laughs, etc.
People were grateful for gifts, my mother was a depression baby. Of course, the greatest gift was Jesus and our families. Those were good days. We knew what was important, and what wasn’t, and were grateful.
What a wonderful memory! 🙂
I’ve had this site for several years. Enjoy! http://steveschristmasfunsite.blogspot.com/
This is wonderful!!! Look everybody!!
“Christmas Song” by Frank Sinatra for Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock
One of my favorites.
This has become my newest favorite version of this song…written by Mark Lowry, accompanied by Voctave.
That song was magic!
Yes, it truly is. I’ve listened to it multiple times and I get goosebumps and tears every single time. I’m glad you enjoyed it!
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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One day we will all witness these angels singing in a great choir in Heaven.
who is she???? wow
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…”
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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.
that is so fun
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.
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.
Out of the mouths of babes.
RIP Bing Crosby and David Jones (Bowie)
What a classic and a piece of Christmas history……Thank you.
That was lovely. Thanks for posting!
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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What a cute pic, 17cats.
Did you have any brothers? And if not, were you always bugging your parents to have a little brother?
Us 4 sisters bugged my parents all the time about that.
But really, the kid would’ve been in deep trouble had he ever been born, with 4 older sisters. LOL.
No brothers. When I tell people my dad lived with 7 women, they usually place him in the hero column…. 😉
I kinda wanted a brother at times, but, honestly, it would have been a nightmare for him!
My mother always said, “If I had known I was going to have 6 girls, I would have asked God to at least give me one son.”
Yep. We had the same tree….
Lol! Too funny! I look at this picture and I go, WHAT was my mother thinking????? It looks so scrawny now, doesn’t it? But she absolutely loved it and we used it for probably 10 years before it finally was too raggedy to use.
10 years? AHAHAHAHA….I think I was 3, they used ours until I was like 17…they still had it when they died, 20 years ago…
Great picture. Five boys, two girls in mine. Want to trade me a couple girls for two boys?
We’re all older than dirt now though, …. 🤫
Lol! Sure, but so are we…..
SIX GIRLS ?!?!?!
If you didn’t have any brothers, were the boys in the neighborhood constantly keeping their distance for fear you’d put makeup on them?
(That is the coolest picture)
Lol! No…they weren’t allowed past the living room. Absolutely NO males in the hallway. Period. Unless they were headed for the first door on the right, the bathroom. 🙂
Thoroughly entrancing. Remember the tree well. Mother had one. Coveted the light wheel, but we didn’t have one. You kids look so great. Magnificent memory. Just love seeing these old Christmas pictures adorning the pages. MORE!
Oh my is that an aluminum Christmas, cutting edge good stuff ❤️🎄
“Christmas ….. tree”
for pity’s sake …..
Yep. It was the real deal original aluminum Christmas tree.
I love your photo, 17Cats! Thanks so much for sharing.
Oh yes, I remember the aluminum trees and revolving color wheels. My girlfriend’s family across the street got one in 1961, and it was mesmerizing–just as your photo shows.
I pestered my parents to get one, but darn it, they said we would keep getting a real tree each year. ; )
Lol! Them were the days when a simple thing like rotating colors was just so cool!
We had one of those for a couple of years.
I just checked eBay. Trees like this now sell from $90-$250. Sheesh. We should have kept them! Lol!
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. 🎄
Best Christmas album. Ever.
Outside of the very quirky (for those not familiar with it) Christmas in Sweden.
Christmas in Sweden! We had that record! I would love to find a copy.
For you fellow Swedes, here is a cassette tape I wrap presents to each year:
Great fun, and it really gets me in the Christmas spirit.
Here’s a taste of the album….from back when the Swedes had a culture they thought was worth preserving. First song translates: It’s Xmas again! It’s xmas again! It’ll be Xmas until Easter!….”
Like! I’m going to listen to all of it 🙂🎄
Thanks Sunnydaze 🌸
The Ake Jelving version of these songs is the best, Nikki. OK, I’m biased, but still…. (!)
Side one is very upbeat dance music. Side 2 very beautiful soft music, including “Silent Niight” and “Santa Lucia” , and the beautiful “Nu tandas tusen Julejus”.
Brilliant strategy to get the kids to wear themselves out at night, and then calm down for bed. haha.
Yeah, Mom’s and Dad’s were pretty crafty 🙂😉❤️🎄
Wait…where’s the bouncing ball????
🧐 aw shucks must’ve forgot it
I loved that bouncing ball …. ❤️
There’s some station (GETV?) that’s showing a LOT of the old 50”s/60’s/70’s Xmas specials at nite. So fun.
I want to see “Pocketfuil of Miracles” … Glenn Ford, Bette Davis, just great. They never show it anymore. Used to be standard fare.
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 !”
Haha so cute!!
My favorite scene from “Miracle on 34th”. Apparently, it’s someone else’s fave scene also, so we get a clip!:
Ae shoot. Wrong clip. I love the one right before it where Susie expresses doubt, after she sees Santa speak Dutch.
Here’s the right clip
I just came back to post one of my favorite scenes from my favorite Christmas movie, Miracle On 34th Street, and I found you had posted it, sunnydaze. : )
Brings tears to my eyes every single time.
I still prefer the original black and white, so may I will add it here:
I love movies in color, but I have to admit that I like to see the old ones in their natural state a lot of the time.
Handel’s “Hallelujah” for Castle
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! ❤
How about Brenda Lee?
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 🙂
This one really represents the spirit of Christmas to me:
Love it! ❤️🎄
That is really great. And, the one that comes after it is pretty cool, too. 🙂
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.
Oh TY… 🙂
Made me smile so big it hurt. 😀
He is traveling as we speak. An itinerant lawn ornament. 🙂
I think it is a great tradition. 🙂
That is fantastic, sap! Love it! Never even knew the Drifters did this song.
I love their rendition of of it! Plus the cartoon makes me smile too!
The cartoon’s hysterical. I’m sending it to a bunch of people.
Okay, so I’m old ….. 😑 …… I watched this on TV and was totally mesmerized,
….. along with Frosty the Snowman
Oh my, I am so old as well! I used to watch this on the Captian Kangaroo show!!! I always watched that show every morning before school… 😛
And both were on Garfield Goose! Late 50’s-through the 60’s WGN children’s shows in Chicago–my childhood.
Here is another favorite from the shows at Christmastime:
(“sigh”) I do love this ❤ So much Christmas "innocence" has been lost over the decades…if you know what I mean.
Funny. I remember the song. But, I don’t remember the cartoon.
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?
Hope your Christmas is wonderful this year.
This little girl did a version of Amazing Grace a couple years later that is absolutely beautiful. Rhema Marvanne is her name.
wow. O Holy Night and Away in the Manger on violin in candlelight. Love it.
We also did the kids church choir @4PM before Xmas Eve Dinner. It was wonderful.
Then back home for a Smorgasbord of absolutely horrible Swedish food which us American kids didn’t like (except the Swedish meatballs, cheese and cucumbers). Didn’t matter tho cuz the homemade Swedish cookies at desert were scrumptious.
Then American carols around the piano as one of my American aunt’s played. Then raucous Swedish accordion playing by the uncles and grandfather to dance around the tree.
Always loved Xmas Eve the best, tho we did celebrate Xmas Day, all day, too.
Christmas is such an awesome holiday – as long as it doesn’t revolve so much around presents. Which, in my family, it did not.
Like you and German, my church sang some Swedish songs, mixed in with the English.
Most wonderful Christmas it’s possible to remember. Thank goodness for memories. The most Happy Christmas to you and yours.
I still have my glass snack sets plates in the original, albeit falling apart, box! Man…they are still wonderful!
I don’t believe anyone in the whole world ever had a better Christmas than you, except for the very first one. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful memory.
Wonderful memory. 🙂
I tried to share Buddy the Elf , the moment he sees fake Santa . Soooo great!
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.)
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.
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! 🙂
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!
Merry Christmas Everyone ❤
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.
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
I forgot to add that my mother said she could not convince me that I had told. LOL
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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