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December 24th, 2008, 09:19 PM

December 24th, 2008, 09:45 PM
A sampling of Videos and Slide-Shows of XMAS songs:

Ho-Ho-Hope ~ Silver Bells – Runtime 3:45 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=to45lPCRRoo)

Bing Crosby - White Christmas – Runtime 2:40 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vPfOjAw5Z0)

Nat King Cole - The Christmas Song – Runtime 3:10 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cubgWvBfs24)

Silent night - Sinead O'Connor – Runtime 3:40 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87q5dmW6zDg)

December 25th, 2008, 03:09 AM

And my own personal favorite -


^ The last song on this page - :)

December 25th, 2008, 10:14 AM

A Carol from Flanders

In Flanders on the Christmas morn
The trenched foemen lay,
the German and the Briton born,
And it was Christmas Day.

The red sun rose on fields accurst,
The gray fog fled away;
But neither cared to fire the first,
For it was Christmas Day!

They called from each to each across
The hideous disarray,
For terrible has been their loss:
"Oh, this is Christmas Day!"

Their rifles all they set aside,
One impulse to obey;
'Twas just the men on either side,
Just men and Christmas Day.

They dug the graves for all their dead
And over them did pray:
And Englishmen and Germans said:
"How strange a Christmas Day!"

Between the trenches then they met,
Shook hands, and e'en did play
At games on which their hearts were set
On happy Christmas Day.

Not all the emperors and kings,
Financiers and they
Who rule us could prevent these things
For it was Christmas Day.

Oh ye who read this truthful rime
From Flanders, kneel and say:
God speed the time when every day
Shall be as Christmas Day.

by Frederick Niven


Soldiers Against War
The Story of the World War I Christmas Truce (http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig2/denson4.html)

December 26th, 2008, 04:56 AM
I didn't expect your post, so I let a thought I had, release itself from an emotion, before responding to this post today.

Your picture, poem, and format are inspired.

In Canada, there is "Remembrance Day" (11 November), and people dutifully wear a poppy on their person for two weeks prior – hence its other name “Poppy Day,” in some places. Mostly real poppies but sometimes artificial. It is specifically focused on WW I, and there is a direct link made to fields of Flanders.

One poster wrote on a Canadian website on which I was once a member:

“I am an unabashed fan of the poppy - its one symbol that's almost entirely removed from jingoism (unlike all the ribbons), and such a Canadian/British icon, largely thanks to one of Canada's most famous poems. It's a symbol of mourning and rememberance.”

My post immediately followed his, and I will reproduce it in the next post ...

December 26th, 2008, 05:06 AM

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields

December 26th, 2008, 06:48 AM
I can remember when I was a small child that there was a poppy day in my home town, and many people went to the river to throw flowers into the water.

December 26th, 2008, 09:45 PM
The red poppies (http://www.defence.gov.au/army/history/InFlandersField.htm) were thought by some to get their color from blood spilled by dead and dying soldiers ...

December 26th, 2008, 10:02 PM

December 27th, 2008, 03:15 AM
^ Everybody was wearing those -

December 27th, 2008, 06:41 PM

December 28th, 2008, 09:42 PM
My goodness, looks like public access TV gone amuck. :eek:

December 30th, 2008, 03:43 AM