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#BoTB results with Random Christmas Giggles

Purrs and hooowdys, Kittens & Dawgs!  This is DH’s off Friday, so I you won’t find me touring Blogosphere today.  Of course, I have to report on last week’s Battle of the Bands featuring The Sound of Strings for a Silent Night showdown and to share some giggles.

All three string renditions of “Silent Night” are worthy to hear and to enjoy. The first mewsical instrument, the acoustic guitar is soothing like a lullaby for the newborn King. The second, the ukulele posses an innocence quality as in the babe lying in a manger. The third, the violin is beautiful conjuring visions of angels in the heavenly sky standing watch over baby Jesus. Any and all of these are winners, there truly is no loser with your pick.  I think the one that speaks to my heart is the ukulele.

The final tally…

Rafael Scarfullery (guitar) – 3
Michael Lynch (ukulele) – 3 includes my vote
Taylor Davis (violin) – 7

The victory belongs to Taylor Davis! *applauds*

 

 

Are you pulling your hair out yet? The holidays can be a real hair puller, so here’s a few more Friday Sillies to break the stress, so breathe, relax, and enjoy the Christmas season! 😉

 

This reminds me of a comment DD#1 made after we got home from the hospital with her baby sister and she wouldn’t stop crying. She said to me, “Turn off, Mommy! Turn off!” Sorry kiddo, there’s no off switch on this baby doll. 🙂

 

I’m really not a Grumpy Cathy, but you gotta admit that’s funny!

That’s a wrap for now. I’ll leave you with another “Silent Night” rendition featuring the winner of Dec. 15th BoTB, Taylor Davis with the vocals performed by Home Free.

 

One more thing, I know many won’t be in Blogosphere including myself on Monday but I will have my “all things Christmas” edition up for anyone wishing to hit the dance floor with Monday’s Mewsic Moves Me!

 

X💋X💋, Cathy

 

 

 

 

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Mid-Dec #BoTB showdown & more Friday Fun Stuff!

Hello Kittens & Dawgs! This is my last BoTB for the year. I can’t believe how fast 2017 went and I’m not hopeful that the upcoming year will be any different. Time stands still for no one!

Last time I kicked off the month with A Twisted Christmas Carols showdown and this time I did the exact opposite in choosing my all-time favorite classic Christmas carol, Silent Night. Instead, of using the typical vocal arrangement I went with three instrumental covers.

 

Contender #1 Rafael Scarfullery strumming a classical guitar.

 

Contender #2 Michael Lynch on picking a Ukulele.

 

Contender #3 Taylor Davis duet with herself playing the violin.

 

Ok, here’s the drill. Voting is open to everyone visiting. There is NO wrong vote, except if you DON’T vote. You can start by telling me in comments which artist you like best and why (optional).  Which string artist gets your vote –  guitar, ukulele, or violin?

I invite you to visit the official manager of BoTB, Stephen for the update list of players for more spectacular showdowns.  Next Friday, I’ll share the results along with my vote and I hope you’ll check back to see if your pick wins.

Next, let’s have a little get-to-know-Cathy-better time with these Friendly Fill-Ins shared by the lovely, Annie and Ellen!

  1. Snow oh no, not here which is purrfectly alright by me.
  1. I am ready for spring. Are you?
  1. One holiday memory that I cherish is the collection of memories from my childhood mostly of my brother. He loved Christmas. This will be his 11th Christmas in heaven. I sure do miss him a lot.
  1. I always thought that Santa left lumps of coal or a bundle of twigs for bad children. I never wanted to find these things under the tree on Christmas morning. Thankfully, I was a good girl most of the time and didn’t receive either. Of course, it might have been a clever way to get kindling for the furnance each year. Maybe it was job of the parents to be naughty so he’d leave them coal and twigs.

Aren’t you glad hung around for that? 😉

 

I believe everything in life is worth celebrating big or small and am playing alone with Lexa and her hostess in Celebrate The Small Things.

I am celebrating the new Christmas mewsic, Gwen Stefani’s You Make It Feel Like Christmas album that DH got me from iTunes this week after we watched her TV special.  Incidentally, I shared Gwen’s complete album on Tuesday if you’re interested in listening for yourself. 😉

I’m celebrating my birthday. Actually, it was yesterday. I’m another year older which is good considering the alternative. I don’t feel any different. My brain keeps telling me I’m 18 or 20 or 30. I’m blessed with good health and can do most things that I did in my 30s. The mirror however always has something else to say about my age….if I stay in front of it long enough. I try to not hang around it too much because I’m afraid I won’t like what it has to say. 🙂 DH made me a Duncan Hines chocolate cake with caramel frosting.  I wanted to try that combo for a while and was more than happy that he did it just for me and it was good. He got me an Apple Pencil that I hinted at wanting after he got me my iPad back in June which I’m love, love, lovin’! He made this gal really happy by surprising me with it. I mean, how did he know THAT was exactly what I wanted? I can’t say my husband doesn’t listen to me now, can I? lol But, he’s a darling sweetheart and I wouldn’t take anything in the world for him!

I am celebrating the completion of my Christmas shopping and cards sent out.  I celebrate a little every day as I make a dish or dessert for our Christmas dinner. It helps to do these things in stages, storing it away in the freezer for the big day. It makes life so much easier! We’re in the final countdown with 10 days to go!!

 

 

 

What are you celebrating?

 

Finally, a little humor with Friday Sillies Christmas edition on “Silent Night”.

 

 

That’s all the laughs for now. Have a songtastic day; don’t forget to hit the dance floor with Monday’s Mewsic Moves Me where we’re celebrating all things Christmas!

FYI Jingle Cats is not a contender in this edition of BoTB, so please refrain from voting on it. I couldn’t resist sharing this with you! 😉

X💋X💋, Cathy

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Jesus is the reason for the season #Christmas #music

It’s Christmas time, kittens & dawgs! For the entire month of December  XmasDolly, and her elves ~ JAmericanSpice, Stacy Uncorked, Everyday Life, & little ole me are having a jingling good time spreading the cheer with non-stop Christmas music.

First up, the results for last week’s #BOTB installment. I know you’re waiting with bated breath to learn if your favorite pick won the showdown. The question was which not-so-familiar (Honestly, I had not heard of them before last week) artists Sanam or Tessera did you like the best singing, Mary, Did You Know?

Sanam  9

Tessera 2

SANAM wins!

As you know, I decided to go with a theme within a theme this month.  I’ve covered Bethlehem, the Angels, Mary, and now it’s all about Jesus!

 

 

 Come and Worship!

 

 

Long, long ago on a cold and dark starry

Silent Night

 

the baby Jesus was laid

Away in a Manger

 

Hallelujah

 A personal note: I love these new lyrics over Leonard Cohen’s original!



While adorning your Christmas tree, think of the tree that Jesus was placed on later that made it possible for us to receive His gift to us ~ eternal life.  Have yourself a very Merry little Christmas & a Happy New Year! 😉

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Which Christmas music is moving you?

 
 

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Sunday Sillies: Why Santa doesn’t use cats

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Good-morning, kittens & dawgs! This morning, let’s take a look at cats and Christmas humor.

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Keep smiling and a have laughtastic weekI

 

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It Came Upon a Midnight Clear in the Little Town of Bethlehem one Silent Night

Welcome to week 172 of

For the entire month of December, we are hosting a “Christmas” theme – music, movie clips, galore. Whatever makes you jolly, or puts that “ho-ho” (sorry, no bah-hum-bugs allowed) in your attitude, then we want to hear it right here on Monday’s Music Moves Me!

 

Our lovely hostesses, XmasDolly, would like to thank you for joining the party and as always JAmericanSpice, Stacy Uncorked, Just the stuff ya know & myself are happy that you came. Now, it’s time to get our groove on with you so remember to link up and shake your bootie with the fellow rockin’ blogger buds below!

To be considered for honorary co-host each month, then be sure to add your URL to the link up.

Dance party rules:  Grab XmasDolly 4M button here,  display it on your blog, and then add your favorite weekly music theme YouTube videos for everyone to enjoy. We aren’t music snobs if you have tunes to share that don’t fit in with our theme, then no problem! As long as you have music to share, then everything is cool coz all we want to do is dance with you! 

 

 

 

 

By chance, if you happen to be here today then please know that I am taking the week off for a little Christmas break to spend with DH, but I will be by to see you soon. Meanwhile, here’s hoping you and yours have a very Merry Christmas! 

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Christmas Carols

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Christmas carols invoke a reverent spirit in all of us during the holiday season. Even the grouchiest person cannot help, but to be moved this one time of the year. What’s the first Christmas carol that comes to mind when you think of Christ’s birth?

Whenever I reflect on Jesus’s birth in the lowly stable Silent Night immediately comes to mind and how beautiful the angels must have sounded on that holy night proclaiming the arrival of God’s Son in a manger in Bethlehem.  Here is a darling little angel, Jackie Evancho, singing Silent Night….

The first Christmas carols depicted a musical scene of the nativity, peace, angels, baby Jesus, and the northern star and the carols date as far back as AD 129, but many people lost their interest because the songs were in latin.

Thanks to St. Francis of Assisi in the early 1200s produced Nativity Plays in Italy telling of Jesus’ birth through song. Some sung in latin but largely they were in a language suitable for the vast audience to savor. The new carols spread to France, Spain, Germany, and other European communities.

Most,  if not all the oldest Christmas carols were lost over time. What you and I are most familiar with today originated from the 19th century.

Silent Night that Jackie sings so beautifully was originally called Stille Nacht and was written by an Austrian priest, Father Joseph Mohr, in 1816. Since the 19th century début of this classic Christmas song it still is a popular favorite among many people around the world, including myself which I regard as perhaps my most beloved carol of all.

Another favored Christmas carol, O Come, All Ye Faithful origin dates back to the 13th century. The customary version we know was actually written in the late 19th century by an Englishman – Canon Frederick Oakeley from London.

 

In 1891, an Episcopal Bishop in Boston, Massachusetts wrote O Little Town of Bethlehem after his inspiring journey to the Holy Land one Christmas Eve.

John Henry Hopkins wrote the classic carol, We Three King of Orient Are, for a Christmas pageant at the General Theological Seminary in NYC in 1857.

The 20th century produced a new secular breed of songs with themes that included Santa, snowmen, and reindeer, like  Frosty the Snowman by Jimmy Durante, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town by Fred Astaire, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer by Gene Autry.  No doubt many you and I remember from our own childhood.

Christmas carols are synonymous with this blessed, holy season we are amidst and fills our hearts and souls with inexplicable joy. Do you like singing Christmas carols?

Visit Miss Jenny and the rest of the Alphabe-Thursday classroom for more homework assignments of the letter “C” and while you’re hopping around, be sure to play along with Miss Amanda in her latest edition of Thursday Two Questions.

1. Will you be singing carols in a choir or with your church’s congregation this Christmas season?
 
2. Do you have Christmas caroling in your neighborhood?
 

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