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Decorations

Inspired by the photos friends have posted on Facebook, I took the enormous step of decorating The Shire today. Hopefully they are not too much.

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5 January 2019

Two walks – about 60 minutes total. Morningside Gardens.

Angels We Have Heard on High – Philadelphia Brass Ensemble
Joy to the Word – Cwmbach Male Choir
The Bushes of Jerusalem – Tommy Sands
Christmas in the Trenches – John McCutcheon
The Rebel Jesus – The Chieftains
Christmas Must Be Tonight – The Band
I Pray on Christmas – The Blind Boys of Alabama
Good King Wenceslas – The Boys of County Bucks
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing – Celtic Woman
O Come, O Come Emmanuel – Pentatonix
People Look East – Choir of St. George’s Chapel Windsor
Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming – Darlene Silversmith
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day – Harry Belafonte
Away in a Manger – Jack Gladstone
I Saw Three Ships – North Coast Men’s Chorus
Angels We Have Heard on High – Robert Mirabel
Canticle of the Turning – Royer Cooney, Gary Daigle & Theresa Donohoo

The last day for the four songs to appear. Tomorrow will be one last playlist of Christmas music, even though it is Epiphany. But the “big four” will not appear.

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4 January 2019

Walk. Morningside Gardens.

O Come, All Ye Faithful – Philadelphia Brass Ensemble
The Bushes of Jerusalem – Tommy Sands
Christmas in the Trenches – John McCutcheon
The Rebel Jesus – The Chieftains
Christmas Myst Be Tonight – The Band
Joy to the World – Blind Boys of Alabama
Les Anges Dans Now Campagnes – Bruce Cockburn
First Noel – Celtic Woman
Silent Night – Pentatonix
O Holy Night – Nat King Cole
The Holly and the Ivy – The Roches

Again, several favorites repeat as the final days of Christmas playlists play.

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We Meet Again – 3 January 2019, 2

img_8717On the way to see Come from AwayNew York Christmas sights were visited.

The tree.

Rockefeller Center.

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We Meet Again – 3 January 2019

img_8715On the way to see Come from Away, some of the New York Christmas sights were viewed.

1251 Sixth Avenue.

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Purple, not flowers, Saks Christmas display

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The colors rotate. I captured purple.
Manhattan, New York
3 January 2019

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25 Dec #Celebrate #AdventWord 2018

48391553_10156356621014440_5197715648628654080_oThe Advent devotional project, #AdventWord  is offered by the Society of St John the Evangelist. Each day a word is provided and participants are invited to share images and/or reflections and to use hashtags so our reflections may be included in an Advent Calendar with others from around the world.

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We Meet Again Tour – 29 December 2017, #1

After the traveling between New York, Louisville, Ann Arbor, Solon, Ann Arbor, and Detroit, Tricia and I returned to New York.

It was cold. Cold. We hung out at the Shire and watched tv and movies and ordered food in.

Except for 29 December. We bundled up and braved the cold to see a play. And we allowed some time to check out some of the city lights. Saks Fifth Avenue put on a pretty fair show.

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A smile

They came in and sat at the table beside me in the restaurant. A big man, bigger than me and a child, probably 6 or 8 years old, his grandson. I had never seen them before. I doubt I will see them again.

spritzTheir conversation turned to cookies and specifically to cookies made during the holiday season.

The man explained how the child’s grandmother made cookies for Christmas using a cookie press. He described the process of creating the dough, adding food color, putting dough in the press, and squeezing it.

As I listened, the years fell away and the miles disappeared, and I stood once more in the kitchen of a house where I was raised. I could feel the warmth of the oven and smell the sugar and butter in the air.

I watched as my mother carefully pressed out cookie after cookie, changing the dough and changing the tip. The trays went into the oven. And the cookies came out and were placed on towels where some were decorated with sugar or rainbow sprinkles. The taste played anew on my tongue.

When I headed into the night, I said to the man, “My mother made those too. Thank you for the memory.”

And I smiled.

See you along the Trail.

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Favorite Christmas songs

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Each year, there are three songs I make a point of hearing several times during the Advent and Christmas season. While they may not appear on the list of classical Christmas carols or music, they speak of the hope and possibility and peace of the season.

Christmas in the Trenches by John McCutcheon

The Rebel Jesus by Jackson Browne

Like the First Time It’s Christmas Time by Tommy Sands

What makes your list?

See you along the Trail.

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