Holiday music #7

Bringing this week of holiday music to an end with what is really my favorite song at this time of the year. Brings me to tears every time, but still it fills me with hope. I’ve been a big fan of John McCutcheon literally for decades, having had the privilege of seeing him live about 30 years ago when he had a lot more hair.

Go ahead. Listen again. This version with a great story lead in and images that bring the time to life — no less nor more poignant than the images we see today of our current conflicts.

Next week I should get to my long belated bloom day scans, Ellis Hollow time lapses finishing up the year, and a year in review.

Thanks for visiting and commenting. You’ve brought great joy to my life.

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6 thoughts on “Holiday music #7”

  1. It is I that wants to thank you for all of your posts. You so often entertain and give me something out of the ordinary for me to see or think about. May you and yours have a Merry Christmas and a Healthy Prosperous New Year.

  2. Have a wonderful holiday Craig. Thanks so much for posting the John McCutcheon youtube. I looked up the truce of 1914, something I knew nothing about. Powerful stuff. GIves me some hope, a rare commodity today. Actually a rare commodity any day, if you read history.
    “The first truce began on Christmas Eve, 24 December 1914, when German troops began decorating the area around their trenches in the region of Ypres, Belgium, for Christmas. They began by placing candles on trees, then continued the celebration by singing Christmas carols, most notably Stille Nacht (Silent Night). The British troops in the trenches across from them responded by singing English carols.

    “The two sides continued by shouting Christmas greetings to each other. Soon thereafter, there were calls for visits across the “No Man’s Land” where small gifts, were exchanged, such as whisky, jam, cigarettes, and chocolate. The artillery in the region fell silent that night. The truce also allowed a breathing spell where recently-fallen soldiers could be brought back behind their lines by burial parties. Proper burials took place as soldiers from both sides mourned the dead together and paid their respects.”

  3. Thanks for the Christmas cry, Craig. It’s good to know there are some things that can still a war, even for a night. Looking forward to the time lapses and a new year at Ellis Hollow. Thanks for all the inspiration.

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