Category Archives: Seasonal

Chanukah is the Festival of Lights…

Chanukah is the festival of lights. Instead of one day of presents, we have eight crazy nights.

Song: Chanukah Song

Artist: Adam Sandler

Album: What the Hell Happened to Me?

Year: 1996

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I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

One of my favorite Christmas songs is the traditional carol I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day. The lyric is based on a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882). When Longfellow penned the words to his poem, America was still months away from Lee’s surrender to Grant at Appomattox in the spring of 1865. The poem reflected despair caused by the war and the personal tragedies of Longfellow’s recent life including the death of his wife Fanny and the crippling injury of his son Charles from war wounds. More importantly is the ending refrain confidence and the hope of triumphant peace. It is a timeless message.

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I heard the bells on Christmas day
Their old familiar carols play
And mild and sweet the words repeat,
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

I thought how as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had roll’d along th’ unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

And in despair I bow’d my head:
“There is no peace on earth,” I said,
“For hate is strong, and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.”

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With peace on earth, good will to men.”

‘Til ringing, singing on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime,
Of peace on earth, good will to men!

Song: I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.

Artist: various

Album: N/A

Year: written on Christmas Day 1864

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Throw Your Arms Around the World at Christmastime

Throw your arms around the world at Christmastime

Song: Do They Know Its Christmas?

Artist: various artists in Band Aid

Album: released as a single

Year: 1984

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I’ll have a blue Christmas without you

I’ll have a blue Christmas without you.”

Song: Blue Christmas

Artist: Elvis (originally recored by Ernest Tubb)

Album: Elvis’ Christmas Album

Year: 1957

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So deck those halls, trim those trees…

“So deck those halls, trim those trees, raise up cups of Christmas cheer.”

Song (click for full lyrics): Christmas Wrapping

Artist: The Waitresses (written by Chris Butler)

Album: A Christmas Record & Best of Waitresses (the only Waitresses available on CD)waitresses Christmas Wrapping

Year: 1981 & 1990

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