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Handel's Hallelujah Chorus

Posted 12-14-2011 at 09:42 AM by lauriebear
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Handel's Messiah is a story of resurrection. It is both the biblical story of Christ's life and resurrection on earth, and the story of Handel's return from oblivion.
Like many of the great composers, Handel was a child prodigy. He began composing operas at young age and by his twenties he was the best paid composer on earth with people fighting for seats whenever he performed. However, fame is fleeting and Handelís music soon became old-fashioned. No matter what Handel tried, his compositions failed. Bankruptcy and depression followed. Handel had a stroke and developed a palsy that crippled his fingers.
It seemed that Handelís career was over. Frederick the Great wrote that ďHandelís great days are over, his inspiration is exhausted.Ē Yet the very situations that seemed to destroy Handel changed him and gave his compositions more depth and feeling.

The Inspiration for the Oratorio


Handelís friend and patron Charles Jennens sent him a libretto...
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Christmas Countdown - 2011

Posted 12-13-2011 at 07:42 PM by Seawaters

I am originally from the South, but NEVER heard of Wawa!!!

QUOTE=sugar142286;405823]Hi everyone! Hope you're having a great evening. DH, the kids, and myself had a great time at Holiday Lights on the Lake and then we went through the city looking at people's lights. We were out for about two hours.

We stopped at a Sheetz and got cappuccinos and homemade Christmas cookies. (It's a convience store - big up here in the North - kind of like a Wawa for you people down in the South.) They make their own food and such. Anyhow, we had a great time.

We're were watching, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas", the movie version, but EA has to watch Dora before bed. She will be heading there shortly, so I will be able catch the end. I am going to watch White Christmas here at 10:45 EST.

I hope you guys all have a great night. I am going to check out the rest of the boards and see what everyone has been up to lately! [/QUOTE]
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A Year of Tradition Being Born

Posted 12-13-2011 at 01:35 AM by Jeff Westover (A Merry Blog)

Last spring when we first started getting serious about what we could do to celebrate our 20th anniversary we brainstormed a lot of different things.

It is interesting to me to look back now and consider how some of those ideas came to pass this year and how I think we've started some new traditions.

Consider the gift exchange, for example. We've never done a gift exchange before. I've wanted to but have never really been able to come up with an idea that would make it feasible. Then one night it hit me: just don't tell anyone who sent the gift and just don't tell anyone where their gift is going. Let it all be a surprise on Christmas morning.

What is happening right now, as we speak, is that little gifts are flying around the world in this unknown fashion and on Christmas Day we'll find out what happened. There are not a ton of people in the exchange but when the rest of the MMC world hears about this I'm sure next years exchange will hit...
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Shaking the Tree of Tradition

Posted 11-29-2011 at 01:34 PM by Jeff Westover (A Merry Blog)
Updated 11-29-2011 at 01:37 PM by Jeff Westover

Inspired by a forum post by a new user, I decided to take up the idea of "coding" the presents under the tree this year. There are nine of us living in the house and there just happens to be nine famous reindeer on Santa's Sleigh so come Christmas morning everyone is going to have to figure out who "Rudolph" is...and all the others.

I announced this the other night when we did our annual drawing of the names.

Each Thanksgiving weekend it has been our tradition to draw names and discover who each of us would be secret Santa to for the season.

The secret Santa gig wasn't just a present to open on Christmas morning (last year's secret Santa gift budget was $5.12 per person, so you can imagine how inventive those gifts can be). Being a secret Santa also means doing anonymous acts of service above and beyond the norm leading up to Christmas. If you're smart, you'll do different things for different folks through out the season just to throw off...
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Christmas Countdown - 2011

Posted 11-26-2011 at 10:38 PM by ballcoach

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That sounds SO good ... can I bring some classic-era movies?
Sure!
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