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Holiday Spirit  

Holidays, and how they are celebrated, help define the spiritual essence of all communities.

In 1920, the American Legion adopted the red poppy as the symbol of remembrance of those who gave their lives in war.
In 1920, the American Legion adopted the red poppy as the symbol of remembrance of those who gave their lives in war.
 
The great misnomer for non Christians that the day Jesus Christ was executed by occupying Romans, is celebrated by Christians as "Good" Friday must be a paradox of ominous proportions.
The great misnomer for non Christians that the day Jesus Christ was executed by occupying Romans, is celebrated by Christians as "Good" Friday must be a paradox of ominous proportions.
 
These three videos by the Piano Guys well reflect their inspiration toward these most special season of gift and hope and community best wishes.
These three videos by the Piano Guys well reflect their inspiration toward these most special season of gift and hope and community best wishes.
 
These three videos by the Piano Guys well reflect their inspiration toward these most special season of gift and hope and community best wishes.
These three videos by the Piano Guys well reflect their inspiration toward these most special season of gift and hope and community best wishes.
 
Now that I am familiar with the wondrous works of melodic beauty created by the Piano Guys, each Christmas, I search for fine work and endeavor to bring it to our BCN readers.
Now that I am familiar with the wondrous works of melodic beauty created by the Piano Guys, each Christmas, I search for fine work and endeavor to bring it to our BCN readers.
 
Greenpeace's vision of Father Christmas is a shabbily dressed Kris Kringle, who appears to be appropriately 'down on his luck', and at his 'wits end' relative to his immediate climate - it is too warm where he lives - the North Pole.
Greenpeace's vision of Father Christmas is a shabbily dressed Kris Kringle, who appears to be appropriately 'down on his luck', and at his 'wits end' relative to his immediate climate - it is too warm where he lives - the North Pole.
 
Joni Mitchell's poignant "River" represents more than a collection of Christmas moments; it is the cloudy recollection of a clarion warmth that we always hold dear - both joyful and blue.
Joni Mitchell's poignant "River" represents more than a collection of Christmas moments; it is the cloudy recollection of a clarion warmth that we always hold dear - both joyful and blue.
 
Major Capra was fresh from his stint in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. Colonel Stewart had just provided the U.S. Army Air Corps his best years. And these two great patriots made one great film.
Major Capra was fresh from his stint in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. Colonel Stewart had just provided the U.S. Army Air Corps his best years. And these two great patriots made one great film.
 
I actually like Celtic Folk Music ... I like it very much. The Celtic Women are not Celtic Folk singers; however, they do have their place, especially during the Christmas Season.
I actually like Celtic Folk Music ... I like it very much. The Celtic Women are not Celtic Folk singers; however, they do have their place, especially during the Christmas Season.
 
My Christmas, 2016 discovery of new Piano Guys holiday material is complete, and I have them here on BCN for your Yule Tide enjoyment.
My Christmas, 2016 discovery of new Piano Guys holiday material is complete, and I have them here on BCN for your Yule Tide enjoyment.
 
Sarah McLachlan has always been a guilty pleasure of mine. As an impassioned "rocker," with somewhat of a sentimental streak, I have always dug talented balladeers, especially the females.
Sarah McLachlan has always been a guilty pleasure of mine. As an impassioned "rocker," with somewhat of a sentimental streak, I have always dug talented balladeers, especially the females.
 
The Good Lovelies are in the Christmas Spirit, and we are too. "Santa Baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight."
The Good Lovelies are in the Christmas Spirit, and we are too. "Santa Baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight."
 
We (just Lynn and I) went to Durham for the Nutcracker at the DPAC (Durham Performing Arts Center) - 121419. We were given free tickets for some very good seats near the front, in the middle for this glorious, most seasonal ballet.
We (just Lynn and I) went to Durham for the Nutcracker at the DPAC (Durham Performing Arts Center) - 121419. We were given free tickets for some very good seats near the front, in the middle for this glorious, most seasonal ballet.
 
Our wish is that faith and family are strengthened this holiday season and that each of us sees one another not as enemies but as friends, even when the situation would make it very hard to do so.
Our wish is that faith and family are strengthened this holiday season and that each of us sees one another not as enemies but as friends, even when the situation would make it very hard to do so.
 
One of the more interesting Christmas songs in modern times is The Pouges's Fairytale of New York released in in 1987. it is hard to believe that the song is over 29 years old.
One of the more interesting Christmas songs in modern times is The Pouges's Fairytale of New York released in in 1987. it is hard to believe that the song is over 29 years old.
 
The Piano Guys are back for Christmas, 2015, and we are blessed to bring you a generous helping of their rare and fun talent videos.
The Piano Guys are back for Christmas, 2015, and we are blessed to bring you a generous helping of their rare and fun talent videos.
 
As I pondered what to write about for Christmas, I mentally thumbed through previous columns on Christmas music, Christmas cats, and Christmas trips.
As I pondered what to write about for Christmas, I mentally thumbed through previous columns on Christmas music, Christmas cats, and Christmas trips.
 
Just this past weekend, December 12, 2015, I experienced a fine local production of the Peter Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker, by the Greenville, North Carolina based NC Academy of Dance Arts / Dance Arts Theatre, featuring guest performers from the New York Ballet, and the Washington Ballet intermingled w
Just this past weekend, December 12, 2015, I experienced a fine local production of the Peter Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker, by the Greenville, North Carolina based NC Academy of Dance Arts / Dance Arts Theatre, featuring guest performers from the New York Ballet, and the Washington Ballet intermingled w
 
Clark Griswold, the iconic well-meaning father of this age, shares his Christmas Vacation with us, and it is one that many of us will never forget.
Clark Griswold, the iconic well-meaning father of this age, shares his Christmas Vacation with us, and it is one that many of us will never forget.
 
Since I was a young adolescent, I have loved the Peanuts Gang. The first installment of Charles Schultz's classic Peanuts Comic Strip on the television was "A Charlie Brown Christmas," which first aired in 1965.
Since I was a young adolescent, I have loved the Peanuts Gang. The first installment of Charles Schultz's classic Peanuts Comic Strip on the television was "A Charlie Brown Christmas," which first aired in 1965.
 
Walk Off the Earth's Newer Material; Including a Christmas Melody
 
It may have been a long time ago and probably today seems corny, but how many of you remember trying to sneak down to get a peek at Santa Claus.
It may have been a long time ago and probably today seems corny, but how many of you remember trying to sneak down to get a peek at Santa Claus.
 
The Piano Guys are back for Christmas, 2015, and we are blessed to bring you a generous helping of their rare and fun talent videos.
The Piano Guys are back for Christmas, 2015, and we are blessed to bring you a generous helping of their rare and fun talent videos.
 
The Piano Guys are back for Christmas, 2015, and we are blessed to bring you a generous helping of their rare and fun talent videos.
The Piano Guys are back for Christmas, 2015, and we are blessed to bring you a generous helping of their rare and fun talent videos.
 
There is a firm chill in the air and the wind howls, so, I think: What would this frigid day be like for "The Snowman."
There is a firm chill in the air and the wind howls, so, I think: What would this frigid day be like for "The Snowman."
 
Even though Louis Armstrong did sing some Christmas tunes, like "Zat You Santa Claus?", I could not find any Christmas videos of a fine enough quality to display in BCN.
Even though Louis Armstrong did sing some Christmas tunes, like "Zat You Santa Claus?", I could not find any Christmas videos of a fine enough quality to display in BCN.
 
The Piano Guys are back for Christmas, 2014, and we are blessed to bring you a fourth helping of their rare and fun talent videos.
The Piano Guys are back for Christmas, 2014, and we are blessed to bring you a fourth helping of their rare and fun talent videos.
 
I found these (Piano) guys, when I was searching for Christmas Carols, specifically "Carol of the Bells".
I found these (Piano) guys, when I was searching for Christmas Carols, specifically "Carol of the Bells".
 
Walk Off the Earth has a new Christmas video, and short of accusing this extremely talented ensemble of being racist in this overly Politically Correct (PC) America, their rendition of "Feliz Navidad", a song made famous by Freddy Fender in 1977, is funny and definitely "in the Christmas spirit".
Walk Off the Earth has a new Christmas video, and short of accusing this extremely talented ensemble of being racist in this overly Politically Correct (PC) America, their rendition of "Feliz Navidad", a song made famous by Freddy Fender in 1977, is funny and definitely "in the Christmas spirit".
 
This may seem unreal for this 1960's /70's rocker, but, I enjoy classical music, and on most occasions, the ballet.
This may seem unreal for this 1960's /70's rocker, but, I enjoy classical music, and on most occasions, the ballet.
 
David Bowie and Bing Crosby teamed up for the most unusual pairing of the most unnatural crooners in the history of all duets, and, remarkably, were a tremendous success in their rendition of "Little Drummer Boy", with a hastily written back melody "Peace on Earth." This rare pairing occurred in 1
David Bowie and Bing Crosby teamed up for the most unusual pairing of the most unnatural crooners in the history of all duets, and, remarkably, were a tremendous success in their rendition of "Little Drummer Boy", with a hastily written back melody "Peace on Earth." This rare pairing occurred in 1
 
The extra-vocal group, Walk Off the Earth, has done their first Christmas carol, "Little Drummer Boy", and it is wonderfully entertaining, as all of their videos are.
The extra-vocal group, Walk Off the Earth, has done their first Christmas carol, "Little Drummer Boy", and it is wonderfully entertaining, as all of their videos are.
 
Allison Krause is one of the most talented performers of our time. It's time for Allison, and a host of assorted talented musicians, such as Yo-Yo Ma to take their turn in our Yuletide section.
Allison Krause is one of the most talented performers of our time. It's time for Allison, and a host of assorted talented musicians, such as Yo-Yo Ma to take their turn in our Yuletide section.
 
I found these (Piano) guys, when I was searching for Christmas Carols, specifically "Carol of the Bells".
I found these (Piano) guys, when I was searching for Christmas Carols, specifically "Carol of the Bells".
 
Carrie Underwood has been a Country Music enigma since winning American Idol back in 2005. Carrie is the Country Music personification of Merle Haggard's 'Okie from Muskogee,' being a native of that iconic locale.
Carrie Underwood has been a Country Music enigma since winning American Idol back in 2005. Carrie is the Country Music personification of Merle Haggard's 'Okie from Muskogee,' being a native of that iconic locale.
 
My first knowledge of Josh Groban was from the A.I. soundtrack, which was an outstanding bit of music from a fantastic film - one of Spielberg's best. From that initial brush with Mr. Groban, I discerned that he had a spectacular voice.
My first knowledge of Josh Groban was from the A.I. soundtrack, which was an outstanding bit of music from a fantastic film - one of Spielberg's best. From that initial brush with Mr. Groban, I discerned that he had a spectacular voice.
 
I don't know how this one got by me in my recent years of putting together Christmas vignettes in melody, but, it did.
I don't know how this one got by me in my recent years of putting together Christmas vignettes in melody, but, it did.
 
In the interest of discovering songs for the season, I found these videos of Jewel singing Christmas Carols live, and I thought I would help all my BCN friends with another serving of her lovely rendering of these most holy melodies.
In the interest of discovering songs for the season, I found these videos of Jewel singing Christmas Carols live, and I thought I would help all my BCN friends with another serving of her lovely rendering of these most holy melodies.
 
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has always been a favorite of mine in the way that they have always moved at their own pace in their own time.
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has always been a favorite of mine in the way that they have always moved at their own pace in their own time.
 
I found these (Piano) guys, when I was searching for Christmas Carols, specifically "Carol of the Bells".
I found these (Piano) guys, when I was searching for Christmas Carols, specifically "Carol of the Bells".
 
I almost hate to offer this edition of Christmas songs, but humor is always a great picker-upper this time of year.
I almost hate to offer this edition of Christmas songs, but humor is always a great picker-upper this time of year.
 
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