These are the holiday-themed questions for this week’s Share Your World.
Do you enjoy receiving Christmas cards through snail mail?
Yes, very much, although I don’t get many anymore. This is partly my fault since I am always late with my cards and sometimes I don’t send any at all.
Do you like the taste and/or smell of peppermint?
OMG, peppermint is my favorite! Since it is associated with Christmas, it’s sometimes hard to find peppermint ice cream at any other time of year. So I savor it when I can! It’s especially good when combined with chocolate.
What is your least favorite holiday side dish?
Creamed onions or anything with raisins in it
What is the coolest (best) gift you ever gave someone?
When I inherited some money and felt flush, I paid for a trip to Israel for a friend of mine, who wouldn’t be able to go otherwise. The trip was quite a bargain, cost-wise. We were going as a church group – it was Christian-focused, and I knew that it was her dream to go to Israel, regarding it as a spiritual journey. She was raised Jewish, but converted to Christianity as an adult. She had never been out of the United States except a couple of times to Canada, and with her income, she would never have had the opportunity to go abroad. While in Israel, she was (re)baptized in the Jordan River. Here she is afterward – this is part smile of happiness and part grimace because the water was so cold!
Bonus question because I thought it was nifty: What is a Christmas song that makes you cringe? (Please insert the word “Holiday” for Christmas if Christmas isn’t your thing or bothers you or something)
When Melanie asked this question last week, I posted the lyrics of a dumb song we had to sing for our community’s choir performance. I would say this is the same song that makes me cringe. I also am really not fond of Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer. I know it’s supposed to be funny, but Grandma dies!! I’m sure there are others that make me change the station on my car radio, but I can’t think of any right now.
Please share some of your favorite music around this time of year.
This is my favorite from the Nutcracker Suite by Tchaikovsky. It’s seldom included on antholologies or “selections from the Nutcracker.”
There are lots of versions of O Holy Night, one of my favorite carols. But I didn’t want a typical “pop” rendition, so I chose this one by Celtic/Classical Trio. I love Celtic music so I really enjoyed this version with harp, violin and a backup boys’ choir!
Angels We Have Heard on High has been one of my favorite carols since childhood. Here’s a beautiful version by Libera.
Here is my absolutely favorite song by Celine Dion, The Prayer, which on her album of Christmas songs she sings with Andre Bocelli. This is with Josh Groban, who is excellent too! This song invariably brings tears to my eyes.
Finally, here’s a popular tune – Mele Kalikimaka – with (the incomparable) Bing Crosby and gorgeous scenes of Hawaii. When my son was in preschool, they did a holiday show and this was what his class sang. They could barely pronounce the words, but they looked so cute swaying in their grass skirts!
I could post more videos because there are so many wonderful songs and carols for Christmas, but, in honor of my Jewish husband and the fact that Hanukkah starts tomorrow at sundown, I will end with a Hanukkah song. Added bonus: It has a latke recipe!! (Check out the Maccabeats on YouTube – their songs are upbeat and funny!)