X is for eXcitement

Even though the Christmas eve service is pretty much the “same” every year, it always manages to feel brand new.

eXude eXcitement

I think that, as I’ve gotten older, the thing about Christmas that excites me has changed. For one thing, “stuff” doesn’t have the same impact; not that I don’t love my Hess trucks, or whatever else I get. What I’ve discovered, though, that the more items you have, the more you have to deal with.

eXpectation

What I DO love, though, is the Daughter’s feeling of anticipation about the holiday. Watching her enthusiasm is actually better than my own feelings.

eXplore

That said, I appreciate the opportunity to sing music of the season, mostly familiar, but some not.

eXplanation

And even though the Christmas eve service is pretty much the “same” every year, it always manages to feel brand new.

eXtra special day

So I wish for you and yours, a happy/merry/joyous holiday.

eXtreme eXhaustion

And I hope you leave the wrapping paper on the floor, or the dirty dishes in the sink, a little longer today.
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The Bells of Christmas by Julie Andrews, from an old Firestone Presents album that I still own. My first favorite popular Christmas song. (And my album pretty much sounds like this one!)

Getting Ready For Christmas Day by Paul Simon. Most recent favorite pop Christmas song. Built around a sample of pastor J.M. Gates preaching in 1941,

A film: The Night Before Christmas 1913 – Ladislas Starewitch

ABC Wednesday – Round 11