Category Archives: Christmas

“Winter Quarters” 1863-1864 Pat Lang ( from Death Piled Hard)

       Winter Quarters (Orange, Virginia)   “The seemingly endless time of cold darkness crept past in a succession of grey days and long nights. In its camps, the Army of Northern Virginia once again experienced the religious fervor that came … Continue reading

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Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras sing Christmas music

By Robert Willmann Music for a Blessed Christmas http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3K5oLg-Fq4 Without ads but less video resolution– http://vimeo.com/149035819

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The Huron Carol

  “When we’ve been there ten thousand years, Bright shining as the sun, We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise, Than when we first begun.” Amazing Grace http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhc7MEYY-Ho&feature=fvwrel ————– “Twas in the moon of wintertime, when all the birds … Continue reading

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Bill Harris, The Bulge and Christmas 1944

 “Near-complete surprise was achieved by a combination of Allied overconfidence, preoccupation with Allied offensive plans, and poor aerial reconnaissance. The Germans attacked a weakly defended section of the Allied line, taking advantage of heavily overcast weather conditions, which grounded the Allies’ … Continue reading

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Shia orphan chorus singing “Silent Night in a Beirut church

“La chorale des orphelines de la Fondation de l’Imam Moussa al-Sadr venue chanter Noel à l’église Saint-Elie de Beyrouth en est la parfaite illustration. Ce spectacle, a priori anodin, peut représenter un exemple à suivre pour les autres pays, notamment … Continue reading

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O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum – TTG

I can’t remember when I first spied a decorated cedar tree along a Stafford road. It’s been at least ten years that I’ve seen this tree, or maybe a similar nearby tree. I don’t know who decorates the trees. Maybe … Continue reading

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An ‘Alid Christmas in Amman – reposted 22 December 2021

It was snowing heavily in Alexandria, Virginia when I first wrote this.  The moment reminded me of the time in the ’80s when I was in Jerusalem and Amman on government business at Christmas time.  It had snowed heavily there … Continue reading

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“Joe at Christmas” by Basilisk

“He’s a plasterer,” we used to joke, “unless he’s plastered.” The subject of our youthful mirth was a guy named “Joe.” I’m not sure I ever knew his other name.  Some called him “wino Joe.” He was a fixture in … Continue reading

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Happy New Year with a Dinner for One

By Robert Willmann A short comedy sketch is a staple on New Year's Eve in Germany, featuring Miss Sophie and James the butler.  The introduction is in German and the skit is in English.  Happy New Year to All, and … Continue reading

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Minuit Chretien et Joyeux Noël

  Merry Christmas to you, every one.  pat https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7uiqRCW6I8&list=PL27FEC85CEED5C0BB&index=69&app=desktop

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