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Christmas caroling

My wife and I had a very enjoyable time last evening. Friends from our church who also work at school invited some other people about our age to their house for a potluck dinner followed by caroling in their neighborhood (which just happens to be the same neighborhood where our son Mark and daughter-in-law Katie live. Our hostess even had little lanterns with votive candles inside for each couple to carry. It was a lot of fun, and I think that it was a pleasant surprise to those that we found at home. We even had the opportunity to comfort one mom who had just been talking to her enlisted son on the phone. We hope our friends can be a source of some on-going encouragement for her. We were disappointed that our son and daughter-in-law weren't at home - but we called them on our cellphone and caroled them as they shopped! 🙂

Part of the fun of our caroling was singing Christmas songs with no songsheets and no instruments. It's amazing how many of the words are in our minds, and how many of the people we caroled sang along with us or mouthed the words themselves! Today's iv is a little fun with Christmas songs.

Christmas Songs Initials Puzzle

How many of these songs of the Christmas season can you identify using just the initials of the words in their starting phrases?


Answers to Christmas Songs Initials Puzzle

1. HYAMLC - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
2. TFNTADS - The First Noel (the Angels did say)
3. GRYMGLNYD - God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (Let nothing you dismay)
4. ICUAMC - It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
5. SNHNAICAIB - Silent Night (Holy night, all is clear, all is bright)
6. OTFDOCMTLGTM - The 12 Days of Christmas (On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me)
7. DTHWBOHFLLLLLLLL - Deck The Halls (with boughs of holly. Fa La La La La La La La La)
8. YBWOYBNC - Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (You'd better watch out, you better not cry!)
9. JTTWTLHC - Joy To The World (the Lord has come)
10. YKDADAPAVCACADAB - Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen)
11. ISMKSCUTMLN - I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (underneath the mistletoe last night)
12. CSBSDIHS - Silver Bells (City sidewalks, busy sidewalks, decked in holiday style)
13. HTHASGTTNK - Hark The Herald Angels Sing (Glory to the newborn King)
14. GGROBAR - Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer
15. OHNTSABS - Oh Holy Night (the stars are brightly shining)
16. AIWFCIMTFT - All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth
17. DTTSIAOHOS - Jingle Bells (Dashing through the snow, in a one-horse open sleigh)
18. WTKOOA - We Three Kings (of Orient Are)
19. IDOAWCJLTOIUTK - (I'm Dreaming of a) White Christmas (just like the ones I used to know)
20. CROAOFJFNAYN - The Christmas Song (Chestnuts roasting on an open fire; Jack Frost nipping at your nose)
21. IBTLALLC - It's Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas
22. OLTOBHSWSTL - O Little Town of Bethlehem (how still we see thee lie)
23. SBRAYLITLSIG - Winter Wonderland (Sleigh bells ring, are you list'nin'? In the lane snow is glist'nin')
24. IBHFC - I'll Be Home For Christmas
25. WWYAMCWWYAMC - We Wish You A Merry Christmas (We Wish You A Merry Christmas)
26. IHTBOCD - I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day
27. FTSWAJHS - Frosty The Snowman (was a jolly, happy soul)
28. JOSNLYETW - Jolly Old St. Nicholas (lean your ear this way)
29. GKWLDOTFOS - Good King Wenceslas (looked down, on the Feast of Stephen)
30. UOTHRPOJGOSC - Up On The Housetop (reindeer pause. Out jumps good old Santa Claus)
31. IHABCWY - (I'll Have A) Blue Christmas (without you)
32. WUNWTAGC - (LSN) Way Up North Where The Air Gets Cold (Little Saint Nick)
33. JHTSBRTTT - Sleigh Ride (Just hear those sleigh bells ring-a-ling, ting, ting, ting-a-ling)
34. CTTMPRPPP - Little Drummer Boy (Come, they told me, pa rum pum pum pum)

The complete catalog of gifts in the old Christmas carol "The Twelve Days of Christmas" today would cost you a total of $15,231.72. J. Patrick Bradley, chief economist at Provident National Bank in Philadelphia, figures the breakdown of prices for the 12 days as follows:

One partridge in a pear tree, $27.48 (partridge, $15; pear tree, $12.48)
Two turtle doves, $50
Three french hens, $15
Four calling birds, $280
Five gold rings, $600
Six geese-a-laying, $150
Seven swans-a-swimming, $7,000
Eight maids-a-milking, $30.40
Nine ladies dancing, $2,417.90
Ten lords-a-leaping, $2,686,56
Eleven pipers piping, $947.70
Twelve drummers drumming, $1,026.68

(update - be sure to check out the comments for some clarifications of several items in this post)


"You never know whose heart God is touching or what 'language' He's using to speak to them." - Dr. Drew Conley

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Musical Terms

Lately working for IT HelpDesk I've made quite a few trips to repair things in the Gustafson Fine Arts Center. It made me think of some musical humor I received recently. The thing I'm sending you today is *definitely* musical, but the humor is based on many other areas of expertise, with enough word play to satisfy the most avid punsters among us. I have to admit that I personally didn't "get" some of it - I guess I'm not musical enough?

Adagio formaggio: To play in a slow and cheesy manner.

Al dente con tableau: In opera, chew the scenery.

Al egretto: Played with a feathery tone.

Allegro con brillo: The fastest way to wash pots and pans.

Allegro non groppo: Play fast, and don't fumble for the notes.

AnDante: A musical composition that is infernally slow.

Angus Dei: To play with a divinely beefy tone.

Antiphonal: Referring to the prohibition of cell phones in the concert hall.

A patella: Accompanied by knee-slapping.

Appologgiatura: A composition that you regret after playing it.

Approximatura: A series of notes played by a performer and not intended by the composer, especially when disguised with an air of "I meant to do that."

Approximento: A musical entrance that is somewhat close to the correct pitch.

Basso continuo: The act of game fishing after the legal season has ended.

Basso profundo: An opera about deep sea fishing.

Brake drum: The instrument most used to slow the tempo in an orchestra.

Cacophany: A composition incorporating many people with chest colds.

Cadenza: Something that happens when you forget what the composer wrote.

Cantabile: To achieve a complaining sound, as if you have a sour stomach.

Concerto grossissimo: A really bad performance.

Coral Symphony: (see: Beethoven - Caribbean period).

Cornetti trombosis: Disastrous entanglement of brass instruments that can occur when musicians are not careful when exiting the stage.

D.C. al capone: You betta go back to the beginning, capiche?

Diatonic: A low calorie drink.

Dill piccolini: An exceedingly small wind instrument that plays only sour notes.

Diminuendo: The process of quieting a rumor in the orchestra pit.

Dulcet: Worthless steak knives.

Eardrum: A teeny, tiny timpani.

Espressivo: Used to indicate permission to take a coffee break.

Fermantra: A note that is held over and over and over and....

Fermatahorn: An Alpine wind instrument used for playing long notes.

Fiddler crabs: Grumpy string players.

Flute flies: Gnat-like bugs that bother musicians on outdoor gigs.

Fog hornoso: A brass instrument that plays when the conductor's intentions are not clear.

Fortississippi: With mighty, flowing strength.

Frugalhorn: A sensible, inexpensive brass instrument.

Gaul blatter: A French horn player.

Good conductor: A person who can give an electrifying performance.

Gregorian champ: The title bestowed upon the monk who can hold a note the longest.

Herbert vonCarryon: A conductor who never rides in the cargo hold.

Interval: How long it takes you to find the right note. There are three kinds - major interval: a long time; minor interval: a few bars; inverted interval: you have to go back one bar and try again.

L'istesso tempo: An indication to play as if you don't care.

Kvetchendo: Gradually getting annoyingly louder.

Maestro: A person who, standing in front of the orchestra and/or chorus, is able to follow them precisely.

Maestrousseau: At the pace of a wedding march.

Mallade: A romantic song that's pretty sickening.

Metronome: A small person who lives in the city.

Molto bolto: Head straight for the ending, but don't make it seem rushed.

Opera buffa: Musical stage production with bare-minimal costuming.

Pesante: An effect distinctly non-upper-class.

Pipe smoker: An extremely virtuosic(k) organist.

Placebo Domingo: A faux tenor.

Poochini: When singing, to be accompanied by your dog.

Pre-Classical Conservatism: School of thought which fostered the idea,"if it ain't Baroque, don't fix it."

(The) Rights of Strings: Manifesto of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Bowed Instruments.

Rubato: A cross between a rhubarb and a tomato.

Schmalzando: A sudden burst of music from the Guy Lombardo band.

Spinet: Politicians' best technique.

Spritzicato: Plucking of a stringed instrument to produce a bright, bubbly sound, usually accompanied by sparkling water with lemon.

Status cymbal: An instrument to be played at inaugurations and debutante balls.

Stringendo: An unpleasant effect produced by the violin section when it doesn't use vibrato.

Tempo tantrumo: What an elementary school orchestra is having when it's not following the conductor.

Timpani Alley: A row of kettledrums.

Tincanabulation: The annoying or irritating sounds made by an unmusical person using extremely cheap bells.

Toiletto: The effect on the human voice of reverberation in small rooms with ceramic tiles.

Trouble clef: Any clef one can't read, e.g., alto clef for pianists.

Vesuvioso: A gradual buildup to a fiery conclusion.

Vibratto: Child prodigy son of the concertmaster.


Till I'm back at you this time next week, ciao!


"If I find in myself a desire which no experience in the world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world." - C. S. Lewis

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Tried to play my shoehorn ... all I got was footnotes!

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