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Well, quarter-Jewish, actually.  Though what little religious training I had was in Judaism.  And more agnostic than atheist, perhaps.  But here's the deal.

This is the second Christmas without my father...and the whole holiday season has a lot less meaning.

But hey, I'm not the only one in this boat.  I'm sure there are plenty of us here missing a father, a mother, a sibling, a lover...whether they've passed away, or are simply far away.

So maybe posting some favorite holidays songs will help us along.  I'll start off.

The first music I remember listening to as a child was Louis Armstrong.  Satchmo was a regular feature on the Friday nights of my wee childhood.  Hello, Dolly! is the only song I remember, but we just plain wore the groves off of the record.

My grandfather, my father's father, had a raspy voice...likely from too many cigars...that must have sound at least a bit like Armstrong.  Not long ago my (slightly) younger brother told me that when we were small he thought the record was our grandfather.

And that he was very confused the first time he saw Satch on TV and heard the voice he mistook for our grandfather.

Louis Armstrong and White Christmas...what a great combination.  How can it go wrong?

Happy Holidays to all!

Originally posted to Notthemayor on Sat Dec 24, 2011 at 02:20 AM PST.

Also republished by DKOMA.

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  •  Tip Jar (10+ / 0-)

    Government of the the people...for the people...shall not perish from the earth. - Abraham Lincoln, 1863

    by Notthemayor on Sat Dec 24, 2011 at 02:20:31 AM PST

  •  Well here's an inspirational atheist song for (3+ / 0-)
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    BOHICA, x, mamamorgaine

    you from Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers

    "I smoke. If this bothers anyone, I suggest you look around at the world in which we live and shut your fuckin' mouth." --- Bill Hicks

    by voroki on Sat Dec 24, 2011 at 05:18:04 AM PST

  •  The Christians and the Pagans - Dar Williams (2+ / 0-)
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    ht Tbogg

    Amber called her uncle, said “We’re up here for the holiday,
    Jane and I were having Solstice, now we need a place to stay.”
    And her Christ-loving uncle watched his wife hang Mary on a tree,
    He watched his son hang candy canes all made with red dye number three.
    He told his niece, “Its Christmas Eve, I know our life is not your style,”
    She said, “Christmas is like Solstice, and we miss you and it’s been awhile,”

    So the Christians and the Pagans sat together at the table,
    Finding faith and common ground the best that they were able,
    And just before the meal was served, hands were held and prayers were said,
    Sending hope for peace on earth to all their gods and goddesses.

    The food was great, the tree plugged in, the meal had gone without a hitch,
    Till Timmy turned to Amber and said, “Is it true that you’re a witch?”
    His mom jumped up and said, “The pies are burning,” and she hit the kitchen,
    And it was Jane who spoke, she said, “It’s true, your cousin’s not a Christian,”
    “But we love trees, we love the snow, the friends we have, the world we share,
    And you find magic from your God, and we find magic everywhere,”

    So the Christians and the Pagans sat together at the table,
    Finding faith and common ground the best that they were able,
    And where does magic come from? I think magic’s in the learning,
    ‘Cause now when Christians sit with Pagans only pumpkin pies are burning.

    When Amber tried to do the dishes, her aunt said, “Really, no, don’t bother.”
    Amber’s uncle saw how Amber looked like Tim and like her father.
    He thought about his brother, how they hadn’t spoken in a year,
    He thought he’d call him up and say, “It’s Christmas and your daughter’s here.”
    He thought of fathers, sons and brothers, saw his own son tug his sleeve, saying,
    “Can I be a Pagan?” Dad said, “Well discuss it when they leave.”

    So the Christians and the Pagans sat together at the table,
    Finding faith and common ground the best that they were able,
    Lighting trees in darkness, learning new ways from the old, and
    Making sense of history and drawing warmth out of the cold.

    "Nonviolent in the face of police brutality." Scott Olsen's email signature

    by BOHICA on Sat Dec 24, 2011 at 05:32:09 AM PST

  •  Satchmo (1+ / 0-)
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    made everything brighter and more delightful.


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