Merry Christmas

Christmas FireplaceWhen I was a kid (long before cable), one of my local television stations would air a picture of a fireplace all day on Christmas and play Christmas music. In honor of that tradition, I offer some of my favorite Christmas music — of which I am an unabashed fan. Merry Christmas.

Unexpected Joy

Visitors to the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. got an early Christmas present Tuesday. A single cellist took a seat in the middle of the lobby and began to play. He was soon joined by 120 other members of the United States Air Force Band (full disclosure: my terrific son-in-law, Josh Cullum, is a member).

The musicians filed in gradually from behind museum exhibits and the crowd. They were then joined by brass and vocalists who filled the museum’s second floor balcony. The six-minute performance climaxed with a rousing version of “Joy to the World.” You may find a full list of the Band’s holiday performances in the Washington, D.C. area here.

You may see video of the performance below.

Worth Watching

 

I’ll Be Home for Christmas is now a Christmas standard and is one of my favorites.  Its point of view is that of an overseas soldier during World War II wishing he was home for Christmas.  It is lovely, melancholy and poignant.  It was originally recorded by Bing Crosby in 1943.  This version is an acapella rendition by Rascal Flatts.  Merry Christmas, with special good wishes to and prayers for those who won’t be going home this year.  My children and their spouses will begin arriving tomorrow and all be home for Christmas this year.  I am blessed beyond measure.