Christmas Greetings 2021

Glory to God in the highest! And peace to men on Earth.

This is turning into a tough Christmas week (technically, the fourth week of Advent), with some scheduling issues making it difficult to contemplate putting up a quality Christmas greetings post.

So instead of writing anything really new, I’ll link to a few old Christmas posts from Liberty Unyielding, and slot in a couple of videos to provide Christmas inspiration.

Feel free to just skip the old posts, from 2019, 2017, and 2014.  In the spirit of optimism, I think they were pretty optimistic, which most of us can use at the moment.  I include them for that reason.

To launch a brief selection of videos, “Linus and Lucy” from A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965).  The Vince Guaraldi Trio.

A Ukrainian chorus sings the “Carol of the Bells.”

A segment from the 2005 movie Joyeux Noel, which showcased the World War I “Christmas truce” of 1914.  This is a bit longer, but worth the time.  Remembering that 1914’s was the first Christmas of the war makes it especially poignant.  Europeans were already feeling shell-shocked from the scale and brutality of World War I’s battlefields, but the Christmas truce came about more because they had not yet gone numb than because they had.  Numbness had set in to a much greater degree a year later.

To the eyes of 1915, it’s likely that a “Christmas truce” war looked like the childlike relic of a time that would never return.

In this next snippet, the 1960s pop group The Monkees sings a 16th century Spanish carol, “Riu Riu Chiu.”

The 1960s were a time when the general public was more likely to have some familiarity with the haunting, lesser-known carols of the past.  And the 60s were not so very long ago.

To settle in with Christmas peace by, Cuban pianist Enrique Chia gives us his delightful “Noche de Paz” (Silent Night).

Merry and blessed Christmas from TOC.

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Feature image: A light to lighten the darkness.

9 thoughts on “Christmas Greetings 2021”

  1. To TOC’s illustrious correspondents: I’ll be away from the computer for a couple of days, and thus unable to give initial comment “approvals” to readers who haven’t already commented.

    Rest assured, especially those kindly dropping by to post Christmas wishes: I’m not ignoring you. Anything from new commenters will be up by Christmas Day.

    Merry Christmas to all, and God bless us, every one.

    1. post-Merry Christmas and Huzzah New Year, because just when I thought twitter New Year was anime & sports teams: HUZZAH! The spirit of George Washington1 lives!

      12:00 AM · Jan 1, 2022·Mount Vernon @MountVernon
      Happy New Year! Huzzah to #2022

      Huzzah: archaic: used to express approval or delight; hurrah.

      And, in the spirit of Feeling free to just skip the old posts, someone, a site moderator, should find out why so many old posts, going back to 2012, flood, in a cascade, LU’s “Conversations” list at:
      Perhaps I am the sole user of that access to threads, as I do use one post for two weeks worth of posts with Lizzi, Mark, etc, but, it sure looks like a hack of your LU archive.
      We miss you JeD, and wish the remaining LU staff had your work ethic.

      1. It’s great as always to hear from you, D4x, and I wish you the mellowest possible New Year.

        I’m not even sure what I’m looking for as regards the LU “Conversations” list at Disqus, but I appreciate the heads up on it, and will check it out as soon as possible (probably somewhat later this week). Apparently people are heavily engaging with very old articles? I haven’t seen a lot of recent comments at the moderator page (i.e., other than the ones visible to you and others who are commenting at the current article pages). So I’m not sure what’s going on.

        I did, however, have prior familiarity with the expression “Huzzah!” 🙂

        As mentioned in the general reply, I anticipate being back to a more normal level of posting by the end of this week. In the meantime, hoping your 2022 is starting out well.

        1. No one, ZERO comments, engaging with very old articles? because they do not appear on the homepage, ONLY appear in the LU’s “Conversations” list at:
          ‘Someone’ is hacking LU, possibly to try to get it de-platformed by Disqus?

          As for the low number of comments at new LU posts? Can not explain, but, am not tempted by the topics, or, in the case of ‘pending Ethiopia famine’, very weak research.
          Interesting that powerline has recently twice cited Hans Bader posts, but, even that did not drive any commenters to LU.
          Lizzi, Mark, and I appreciate still having a site for our daily discussions.
          Am worried we have to find a new platform if LU shuts down. Am too old to consider starting my own blog, on foreign news with bird metaphors 🙂

          As for 2022? Real Snow on Jan. 4! Huzzah! for four hours, then it started to melt away…

  2. Welcome, Dan Cipriani and NancyB, and apologies for the original delay in your “approvals.” Thank you for the kind words and wishes, and a hearty Happy New Year to you.

    I will again be away from the computer for a few days — after a much-needed hiatus from regular posting over the holiday. But we’ll be back in the swing of things by the end of this week, as currently planned. I see on the news and social media that everything is still there to be sorted out and commented on. The craziness that used to keep taking us by surprise has become ops normal, as we head into 2022.

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