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bib
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My grandchildren came round on the afternoon of Advent Sunday and decorated my tree as they do each year. This is a very special time with all the children and is followed by a pizza party and enjoyment for all.

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St Everild
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quote:
Originally posted by Rossweisse:
I'm holding out for "Helmsley."

(In honor of my beloved Shipmate Margaret, I offer this rendition from Lichfield Cathedral, where she and her husband are members: The best Advent hymn ever.)

Another one checking in as associated with Lichfield Cathedral! Fab choir!
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Rossweisse

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quote:
Originally posted by St Everild:
...Fab choir!

I enjoyed hearing them the Sunday I was there!

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quote:
Originally posted by Pigwidgeon:
quote:
Originally posted by MrsBeaky:
The baby and manger are currently in the drinks cabinet.

[Eek!] Is the Child Protection Service (or whatever you call them in your part of the world) aware of this?
I was thinking it was a novel way of getting the baby to go to sleep ... [Big Grin]

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MrsBeaky
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quote:
Originally posted by Piglet:
quote:
Originally posted by Pigwidgeon:
quote:
Originally posted by MrsBeaky:
The baby and manger are currently in the drinks cabinet.

[Eek!] Is the Child Protection Service (or whatever you call them in your part of the world) aware of this?
I was thinking it was a novel way of getting the baby to go to sleep ... [Big Grin]
[Killing me]

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jacobsen

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No problem - he can't reach to unscrew the bottles. [Big Grin]

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Bishops Finger
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Perhaps the Beaky household has something like this tantalus.

[Help]

IJ

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Piglet
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Despite D's general bah-humbugness when it comes to decorations, he actually made a suggestion on the subject yesterday.

We were given a star ornament (about 6 inches across) last Christmas and he suggested putting it on the top of the tree. Alas, it's too heavy - I did try tying it to the top branch, but it was having none of it - but we agreed that it could be hung from the middle of the curtain-pole, which should work quite well.

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Uncle Pete

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Just to add a touch of reality to Yuletide: my decorations cost me nothing because I have none. Not anything.

This is because everywhere I go, my eyes are assaulted by decorations of the Hall. In my small corner of this huge complex where I am currently warehoused are three trees and much more. It's enough to make the Baby Jesus cry.

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leo
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quote:
Originally posted by Rossweisse:
I'm holding out for "Helmsley."

(In honor of my beloved Shipmate Margaret, I offer this rendition from Lichfield Cathedral, where she and her husband are members: The best Advent hymn ever.)

What? With its blaming the Jews for nailing Jesus to a tree and deeply wailing?

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Rossweisse

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That can be interpreted in different ways, or the words can be changed. Nothing can alter the incredibly wonderful tune.

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Piglet
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With apologies to the purists out there, the halls chez Piglet have now been decked.

There were so many pretty trees lit up on our way into town this evening that I thought, sod it, I'm putting up the tree and whatnot.

Sadly, the lights on the "whatnot" bit have decided they don't work, so we haven't got the garland bedecking the curtain-rail. Maybe it's feeling redundant because in the old château it decorated the stair-rods, and the new one hasn't got any ... [Paranoid]

No matter: the new tree looks really nice (with the Nativity figures on the window-sill coming from more-or-less the right direction), as does the little tree on a corner table in the dining-room.

Piglet, beginning to feel decidedly festive [Smile]

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Philip Charles

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Stan Freberg speaks for me. Bah! Humbug!

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Enoch
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Warning - you may need a bucket.

Slightly changing the subject but not much. Is this 'The Cat Carol 2017' the worst Christmas song you have encountered? Not sure whether it belongs in Heaven or Hell, but for the pleasure it can bring for all the reasons unintended by whoever wrote and sang it, feel Heaven is almost deserved.

It has the lot:-
- Bad theology.
- Bad natural history.
- Bad astronomy.
- Doesn't rhyme.
- Doesn't scan.
- Words don't fit music.
- Saccharine sentiment to a new and hitherto unattained level.
- Tune so sentimental that it will become for you an unwelcome ear worm.

Or does my inability to be moved as the singer and songwriter presumably between them intended, shock you? Does it indicate that there's something badly wrong with me, that my soul has become just too jaded?

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Rossweisse

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Gosh, Enoch, that's gawdawful. (And I love cats.)

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bib
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Hasten Jason bring the basin. Too late, bring the mop. [Projectile]

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Nenya
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Chez Nen the decorations went up yesterday. For the last few years we've had a real tree but this year are deliberately doing things a bit differently so have dug out the old artificial one we used when the children were younger. It scrubs up quite well. [Smile]

I've been wrapping presents this afternoon. We've had a bit of snow so everything feels nicely festive.

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quote:
Originally posted by Enoch:

I want the Easter hymn 'Thine be the glory' at mine, whatever time of year it is.


I chose it for my mother's and I intend to have it at mine. How can your argue with "Endless is the victory thou o'er death hast won".

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Have just finished putting up my tree, and other decorations in my apartment. The saddest thing I had to do was take off the two name stockings of my two cats who died this year from the ribbon I hang the stockings from. [Tear]

But everything looks lovely and I am ready to start the season right.

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Rossweisse

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(((Nicole)))

I lit the second Advent candle today.

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Tree is up, but lights will not come on until Christmas Eve, when baby arrives in manger. Gifts are wrapped, and those going by post are mailed. Cookies are baked and hidden in the freezer.
I am done, now for a quiet and peaceful ending of Advent, as soon as I finish cleaning up the mess of making peanut brittle. I had forgotten what a sticky mess it makes everything. UGG

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no prophet's flag is set so...

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The lights went on the house at the start of November, on a -10°C day. They get turned on timer on 12 November by tradition, which is the day after Remebrance Day. The sun is rising just in advance of 10am and setting 4pm, so for cheerfulness we like them on. They generally keep going until the start of Lent.

The tree: up on Sunday. We host 29 on Friday for my office Xmas party. Has to be up for that. Family supper with the more kids the better. Presents? Unimportant. Next week there's a 9 lessons and carols which is really one of my highlights. Being a sap even thinking of it brings tears to my eyes. Does anyone else react like that to such things? Probably would seem a little odd to many: starts in Cree with drumming and an honour song, which is incredibly moving to the likes of me.

Elsewhere is posted about Vivaldi's Gloria. The very thought of that moves me similarly. This was part of a baroque series last year. Encroyable! (Incredible!) how someone can pray with pure sound like that. Beyond imagination.

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jacobsen

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When I moved here seven years ago, I treated myself to genuine tree candle holders - the weighted kind, not clip-ons. Since then, I've never spent a Christmas at home, so, barring cards and some festive greenery, decorations don't happen. No doubt the day will come...

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