As you may or may not know, today (December 23) is Festivus – ‘A Festivus for the rest of us!’ The LA Times has put together a list of fun facts you can find at the link in the title above.
As part of my top 10 favorite Christmas music videos here in 2013, here’s #3 – Perry Como’s ‘It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas’. The composer of The Music Man, Meredith Wilson, wrote the song in 1951. Perry Como released his version of the song that year and it’s been a Christmas staple ever since.
Christmas music video top-ten
- #10 – Coldplay ‘Christmas Lights’
- #9 – Mariah Carey ‘All I Want For Christmas’
- #8 – Bing Crosby ‘White Christmas’
- #7 – Band Aid ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’
- #6 – Justin Bieber ‘Mistletoe’
- #5 – Bruce Springsteen ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’
- #4 – Sarah McLachlan ‘River’
If you are a fan of Seinfeld like I am, then you know all about the nondenominational holiday Festivus. Celebrated on December 23, the day before Christmas Eve, the holiday involves a metal pole (instead of a Christmas tree). Instead of exchanging gifts, participants are encouraged to air their grievances. After that comes the feats of strength (pushups, for example). The party continues until the head of the family is wrestled to the floor.
The Seinfeld cast explains Festivus above.
As part of my top 10 favorite Christmas music videos here in 2013, here’s #4 – Sarah McLachlan’s ‘River’ (link opens iTunes). I like it because it’s most reminiscent of the original Joni Mitchell version.
‘River’ was first recorded by Joni Mitchell on the ‘Blue’ album in 1971. The song is a reflection on the ending of a relationship near Christmas time and has been re-recorded many times by a wide range of artists. IMHO, none better than this version by Sarah. You can find this Sarah McLachlan version on her album Wintersong.
Via The Blaze, keep a tissue (or two or three) handy while watching this video of a Christmas wish from a dying wife – written two years earlier in 2011.
Each year, Des Moines radio station KSTZ ‘Star’ 102.5 FM takes submissions and grants Christmas wishes. Brenda Schmitz’s has gone viral and watching the video you can see why.
What a great story. Thousands of Christmas carolers gathered to sing outside the home of 8-year-old Delaney Brown to grant a dying girl her Christmas wish. See Team Laney’s Facebook page at this link.
Via ABC News
Thousands of Christmas carolers are gathered to sing outside the home of a terminally ill Pennsylvania girl.
The singers are fulfilling one of 8-year-old Delaney Brown’s wishes: a huge holiday sing-along outside her West Reading home. On her “Team Laney” Facebook page, a picture of Delaney giving two thumbs up was accompanied by the text, “I can hear you now!!! Love you!”
Delaney was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia in May. Her family says earlier this week doctors gave her only days to live.
Supporters have been trying to fulfill a number of Delaney’s wishes. She video chatted with singer Taylor Swift on Friday, her eighth birthday.