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Laurie Niles

May your days be merry and bright…

December 25, 2011 at 2:59 AM

Look what one of my friends found on Youtube: Jascha Heifetz, one of the world's finest (Jewish) violinists, playing his own arrangement of Irving Berlin's song, 'White Christmas.'

What a graceful arrangement, and filled with the love of music, perhaps even for Christmas? It made me think about Christmas, culture, and 'What's it all about?'

One of my friends announced today on Facebook, "Orphan Xmas 2011 happens tomorrow night. Come on by if you're spending the holidays by yourself. It's better than sitting in front of the TV alone in your ratty underwear and crying into a 'family' sized bag of flaming hot Cheetos."

So your family doesn't fit the mold, or you are alone, or your religion gives you doubt, or the weather strips away your warmth, or things don't go as planned.

Listen to some beautiful music, make some beautiful music. Find some way in your life to wish for your fellow human, "May your days be merry and bright!"

From Yixi Zhang
Posted on December 25, 2011 at 3:30 AM
Thank you so much, Laurie! Merry Christmas and happy new year to you and your lovely family!
From Erin Rushforth
Posted on December 25, 2011 at 5:13 AM
Merry Christmas, Laurie!
From julie Littleton
Posted on December 25, 2011 at 10:01 AM
Thank you Laurie and Merry Christmas to you. My little family is all here what's left of us is small. But my faith is strong. Kids will open presents early and a quick breakfast and we are off to church. Then back home for a great Christmas dinner. Afterwards its time to take my sister home then clean up.
From Steven Wetstein
Posted on December 25, 2011 at 1:20 PM
All the best to you and your family on Christmas, Laurie. Your website is a joy all year.
From Tom Holzman
Posted on December 25, 2011 at 1:53 PM
Best to you and yours for the holidays and New Year! I am currently listening to Handel's Judas Maccabeus as I type this.
From Betsey Karako
Posted on December 25, 2011 at 5:23 PM
Merry Christmas!! That is indeed a beautiful arrangement...
From Terez Mertes
Posted on December 25, 2011 at 5:56 PM
Lovely thoughts, Laurie - thanks for sharing, and Happy Holidays to you and family! (...and that would include the family!!)
From marjory lange
Posted on December 26, 2011 at 4:00 AM
Laurie, Joyous Holidays to you and yours--and the family.
From Tom Holzman
Posted on December 27, 2011 at 1:58 PM
For those who are interested, here is an article on which of the 25 most popular Christmas songs were written by Jews.

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