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Postby yesfan37 » Wed Dec 18, 2002 8:12 pm

Just wondering if other YES fans get into Christmas music? I Love it! I have three small cases full of Christmas CDs. It usually starts the weekend after Thanksgiving, I'll pull out the cases and then its Christmas music all the way thru till Christmas Day! Some of my Favs. are Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Kate Smith, Johnny Mathis, Handle's Messiah, rock & roll compilations and of course Jon's Three Ships!

In my family Christmas is a Religious holiday and has NOTHING to do with satan claus!
The whole month of December is just get togethers, parties and other Christmas doings. I've loved it since I was a kid. We get to see friends and family we sometimes just don't get to see during the year, nowadays everything in life seems so hectic, Christmas is a time to enjoy all the wonderful people in our lives.

SO, how do other YESheads spend Christmas?

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Postby guilddigger » Wed Dec 18, 2002 8:23 pm

<font face='Comic Sans MS'>satan claus?</font id='Comic Sans MS'>

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Postby jackalz » Wed Dec 18, 2002 11:04 pm

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Postby Nigel » Thu Dec 19, 2002 12:05 am

In recent years, unfortunately, I spend Christmas working away from home. It always seems to work out that way with the the contracts I work living abroad as an English Teacher. One day it will sort out, and I'll enjoy a real Christmas every year in a fixed location. But the Chinese are really starting to go for Christmas now! Who would ever have thought!
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Postby YesJo » Thu Dec 19, 2002 3:18 am

I too, bring out the Christmas music the weekend of Thanksgiving, we even got our tree that weekend this year. All the decorations come out and the kids start getting excited early. Maybe too early. I feel conflicted about Christmas and always have. It's great, but it can be too busy and therefore quite stressful, especially when someone gets sick. I enjoy Christmas Eve the best, than Christmas morning, the next day I'm ready to take it all down and get back to normal. One of the best things about it is the gettogethers, and this year my daughter has a solo in the Christmas play and alot of speaking parts. So, it will be fun, than I can start dreaming of planting again!
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Postby YesJo » Thu Dec 19, 2002 3:18 am

I too, bring out the Christmas music the weekend of Thanksgiving, we even got our tree that weekend this year. All the decorations come out and the kids start getting excited early. Maybe too early. I feel conflicted about Christmas and always have. It's great, but it can be too busy and therefore quite stressful, especially when someone gets sick. I enjoy Christmas Eve the best, than Christmas morning, the next day I'm ready to take it all down and get back to normal. One of the best things about it is the gettogethers, and this year my daughter has a solo in the Christmas play and alot of speaking parts. So, it will be fun, than I can start dreaming of planting again!
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Postby YesJo » Thu Dec 19, 2002 3:19 am

Oh no, the dreaded double post! aargh.<img src=pix/icon_smile_clown.gif border=0 align=middle>

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Postby floweringtheedge » Thu Dec 19, 2002 4:12 am

3 SHIPS SAIL IN ON CHRITMAS DAY ON CHRISTMAS DAY 3 SHIPS SAIL IN ON CHRISTMAS DAY ON CHRISTMAS DAY IN THE MORNING
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Postby Megalodon » Thu Dec 19, 2002 7:38 am

Guilddigger, If the letters are switched around in the word "Santa"
it could read satan..Cristmas is a commercialized holiday with pagan
roots. Back in ancient Rome, they were steeped in false worship and
they worshipped the sun.. On December 25th 274, Aurelian had proclaimed the sun god principle patron of the empire..Christmas
originated at a time when the cult of the sun was particually strong
in Rome..Also the true date of Jesus' birth is not known..Alot of
mainstream religions adopted this holiday throughout the centuries
and picked it as a date for christs birth and the customs that go
with this celebration has pagan roots..First century Christians
did not celebrate this holiday and Christ never stressed the importance of celebrating his birth..So as a Christian myself,
I don't do the christmas thing, But I can relate to getting together with family as it is easier to get the time off during
the holiday season..I like to give people gifts when it comes from
the heart, not when it is expected on a certain day, especially this
time of year when most are financially strapped and christmas can
be a burden..
I hope I didn't offend anyone with this post, I just wanted to
share some interesting facts about christmas.. Ans as far as the
songs go, like "Walking in a winter Wonderland"... The "Yes" box
set would make a great gift though!! Have a great season everyone!!
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Postby hogrider99 » Thu Dec 19, 2002 10:02 am

<font face='Comic Sans MS'><font color=black>the trans-siberian's, along with manhiem steamroller's, wakeman's, emerson's all come out around thanksgiving & get played till the 1st. i also play an assorted complation of rock & comedy christmas, tunes. one disk i would also recomend is december people - sounds like christmas on the magna carta label. this gem has favorite christmas tunes done by a bunch of pepole in the flavor of various progrissive rock groups including carol of The bells (as if performed by [:(!] ).
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Postby hogrider99 » Thu Dec 19, 2002 10:05 am

<font face='Comic Sans MS'><font color=black>wonder why the [:(!] didn't produce the yes logo?</font id='Comic Sans MS'></font id=black>

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Postby ycantibu » Thu Dec 19, 2002 12:17 pm

I don't like xmas or xmas music.

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Postby in2yes » Thu Dec 19, 2002 1:12 pm

<font face='Papyrus'><font color=teal>The first Christmas album I bought was Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Christmas Eve and Other Stories, last year and it is one of my favorites. I played it so many times last year at the family get together I was asked to turn it off!<img src=pix/icon_smile_shock.gif border=0 align=middle> So, this year I added Three Ships, and four or five others to my collection and wouldn't you know it, I forgot to put them on!!!!<img src=pix/icon_smile_shock.gif border=0 align=middle><img src=pix/icon_smile_shock.gif border=0 align=middle> The football game was still on when everyone started arriving (heaven forbid I should turn that off!), and it got so busy and hectic sooooo quickly, I completely forgot about the music! Oh well, we had a great time anyway!!</font id='Papyrus'></font id=teal>
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Postby OB1kenOB » Thu Dec 19, 2002 1:41 pm

I can't think of a single christmas song that I would miss if I never heard it again.
well maybe Christmas with the Devil, by Spinal Tap

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Postby theproffet » Thu Dec 19, 2002 2:06 pm

<font color=green>Well, I don't have Three Ships yet, but it's down at the local used LP store. I do have some favourite prog Yule songs(sorry, I'm a Pagan!)

Jethro Tull's "A Christmas Song"--thoughtful, but with redeeming humour at the end. ELP's "I Believe In Father Christmas"--a bit grim. And Kate Bush with "December Will Be Magic Again"--a nice minor effort by my favourite lady . . .

A few ideas for a mix tape or CD . . . </font id=green>

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Postby guilddigger » Thu Dec 19, 2002 5:22 pm

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<b>Megaladon wrote:</b>
Guilddigger, If the letters are switched around in the word "Santa"
it could read satan..<hr height=1 noshade id=quote></font id=quote></BLOCKQUOTE id=quote>
<font face='Comic Sans MS'>i just refered to dana carvey's 'church lady' in snl switching the letters to reveal who santa really is...<img src=pix/salook.gif border=0 align=middle>!!!
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Postby Chris2210 » Thu Dec 19, 2002 6:42 pm

<BLOCKQUOTE id=quote><font size=1 face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id=quote>quote:<hr height=1 noshade id=quote>
<b>Megaladon wrote:</b>
Cristmas is a commercialized holiday with pagan
roots. Back in ancient Rome, they were steeped in false worship and
they worshipped the sun.. On December 25th 274, Aurelian had proclaimed the sun god principle patron of the empire..Christmas
originated at a time when the cult of the sun was particually strong
in Rome..
<hr height=1 noshade id=quote></font id=quote></BLOCKQUOTE id=quote>

I believe the adoption of the use of 25th December as a date to celebrate Christ's birth, actually originates much later as a direct replacement of the Northern European pagan fire festivals. They were a midwinter feast to lighten the darkest of days and eat up all the perishables that couldn't be stored throughout the winter. When Christianity became predominant in the region, I'm sure the new clerical class realised it wouldn't be a good idea to deprive their flock of a good knees-up, ergo...

But a day to celebrate worship of the sun? A certain lead singer we all know something of wouldn't be too distressed at <i>that</i> idea.
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Postby guilddigger » Thu Dec 19, 2002 7:25 pm

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for us in the pagan heritage cold north, on the 25th the fuss is more or less over. christmas eve is the biggie. we have a nice christmas dinner and do the christmas presents that night and santa doesn't have to worry about getting stuck in the chimney. he comes to visit!


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Postby YesJo » Thu Dec 19, 2002 10:32 pm

Here is our rituals: Two days before Christmas day, Aunt Fran's party, my side of the family celebrates years of family history and we exchange polyanna's , while the kids dance and get lots of presents. Always photos of each generation taken on the steps. *note-before Fran's party we take a trip to my grandmothers grave, our lovely and most adored person in our family*

Christmas Eve, breakfast with my Dad, he gives out his gifts to the kids and us and ours to him and his wife. 5:00PM Christmas service, kids are in the play, after that, it's on the gramma's house and husbands side of the family. Gifts galore, feast, and very much partying. Than, finally home, kids to bed dreaming of santa claus and his reindeer.

Christmas morning, up early, much coffee, watching the kids tear into the multitude of presents, than cleaning up the paper and playing with the toys and a big breakfast.

3:00PM Christmas Day, on to my mothers' house for one more round of extreme gift opening and a big dinner.

That's what we do, and it's coming up soon.

Today is the kindergarten chorus show and the Brownie party, Tommorrow is a party for the little girls in the morning and than the Christmas parties for the classes, than on to the Thornberry movie and a sleepover here with cousins. Saturday play rehearsal from 9:30AM to 12:00PM, one of the girls has a birthday party and than we have a Christmas dinner party with friends. Sunday morning more play practice, another somebody has a party, basketball practice and than Fran's party.

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Postby yesfan37 » Thu Dec 19, 2002 11:26 pm

WOW sounds hectic YesJo But also sounds like lots of fun!
This year will be the first Christmas without my Dad so its kind of bitter sweet. We Love celebrating and yet miss my Dad dearly.
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Postby gtrpir8 » Fri Dec 20, 2002 12:45 am

I enjoy Christmas music very much, and bring it out after we have "Hanging of the Greens" at church, at the start of Advent. We tend to listen to fairly traditional songs and hymns at home, and while we emphasize the "Reason for the Season", we have willfully and gleefully fallen into the commercial trap as well. For all of my life, Christmas has been a time of excited bustle from children, quiet visitation amongst the older family members, and a time to reflect on the beginning of our Christian beliefs, as well as a time to loudly proclaim that Santa Claus is coming to town!! It is church programs and pageants, traveling "over the hills and thru the woods to Grandma's house" (while hoping she didn't get "runned over by a reindeer", live nativity scenes, Bing Crosby and "White Christmas" (both song and movie), saying "Merry Christmas to other strangers out shopping, decorating, and yes - even getting "malled". These are the "traditions" that I have grown up with, and that I pass to my children.

Our church Praise band tends to start preparing for Christmas musically in October. We try to mix in a new song each week of Advent, as well as non-traditional arrangements of traditional Christmas carols and hymns. For example, we do a version of Joy To The World that is reminiscent of the sound of Creedence Clearwater Revival, and then interject the chorus to the 3 Dog Night version (remember "Jeremiah was a bullfrog.."?) in about halfway thru to replace the traditional chorus (I know, not very proggy, but we have fun!).
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Postby tribute1969 » Fri Dec 20, 2002 1:32 am

<font face=Stencil><font color=green>Here around the "tribute" house we started with my 10 yr olds' school chorus Christmas Music program last week, we then had our church's Christmas Dinner on last Saturday evening along with a program of Christmas music and games/door prizes. This week we have my 2 yr olds birthday party(poor thing, has to share her birthday with Christmas!)/family get together this Friday evening. Saturday evening the church folks gather at the "tribute" house for a chili dinner followed by Christmas caroling at a couple of the local nursing/retirement homes and at some of the "shut in" church members homes! I'm in charge of "child care" back here at the "tribute" ranch!! Pray for me!! Sunday we have a Christmas play/program/music at church at both morning and evening services!! Then there's actually Christmas eve and Christmas Day get togethers which start at home with just us but end up at "this years" lucky family members home: Chris and Alicia's where 40-45 "family" members and guests will eat, drink, sing and be merry!! We do draw names for present exchange so that helps but most do what they want to do anyway. I always get gift certificates to Tower Records! They know me well! SOOOOO, if you don't see many posts from "tribute" for a week or two, YOU NOW KNOW WHY!! FA LA LA LA, LA LA LA LA!!
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Postby Vulcan 1 » Tue Dec 24, 2002 12:54 pm

I guess I love everything about Christmas, for me, it is all about family and friends, sharing great food,decorating the house, and I really like Christmas music as well.
Two of the radio stations here play nothing but Christmas music from Thanksgiving through Dec 25th, so you get a good variety. (But there is a new song this year about a little kid trying to buy his dying momma a pair of Christmas shoes-you dont want to be driving while listening to this one-I actually had to pull off the other day when it came on, I was tearing up too much, it is a real box-o-tissue song)

In fact Hubby and I took our annual nighttime look at the lights ride tonight, and the moon and stars were specatular as well.

It is also a good time to remember those loved ones no longer with you, a sentimental time of year. We usually invite some folks we know from Church and our neighbor that dont have any family in this area as well for the Holiday.

So have a great one, everybody!

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Postby qman » Wed Dec 25, 2002 1:34 am

Vulcan 1 send an e-mail to Proff he wrote that there is a used copy in the record store by his home!

Yesjo wow sounds just beautiful.

I have been including Jon Anderson's solo material in to my Christmas music shuffles and it fits quite nicely thank you, go Jon.

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Postby EricBliss12345 » Wed Dec 25, 2002 3:32 pm

Christmas music makes me sick. There are only a few christmas songs I really like. What Child Is This, and Happy Xmas (war is over) and one other one that I can't think of the name (trans siberian orchestra remade it and actually had a video on MTV for it maybe 5 years back, love that song)

The rest of them are absolute rubbish.
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Postby tribute1969 » Fri Dec 27, 2002 2:29 am

<b><font face='Tempus Sans ITC'><font size=3><font color=red>DON'T FORGET:
SPINAL TAP'S "CHRISTMAS WITH THE DEVIL!"
sorry I put this post in TV show section also but I was watching the Spinal Tap movie with videos at end, etc and couldn't help myself! Christmas fatique!! Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz</font id=red></font id=size3></font id='Tempus Sans ITC'></b>
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Postby Megalodon » Fri Dec 27, 2002 3:21 am

Well said EricBliss12345!!!
The best christmas song is Weird Al Yankovic's " The night santa
went crazy"
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Postby perpetualchanger » Sat Dec 28, 2002 10:05 am

I have a favorite Christmas song too. It's not a very polite song, unfortunately. It's called "MFC" on the cover but you can probably guess what the F stands for. I wouldn't consider myself a Scrooge but Christmas really isn't that big of a deal to me either. I like Thanksgiving more.

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