Instant Happiness – Pentatonix Christmas

This has been a “bah, humbug!” season for many of us, but the Pentatonix Christmas album—subtly titled Pentatonix Christmas—managed to make me smile so much I actually put up my Christmas tree. (Here’s a link to the album on Spotify.)

The opening track, “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” is just pure happiness in a bottle. Forget the lyrics—I’m not trying to shove Christmas down your throat; Mike Pence will do that soon enough. I suspect this may become my go-to track on those mornings when it’s hard to get out of bed. It’s impossible to hear that beat and not move.

The group has released a video of the song, but YouTube won’t let me embed it here. The best I can do is a link. Do yourself a favor: watch the video or listen to the recording.

From Pentatonix Christmas to Dylan Thomas’s

I found another source of joy Tuesday night. This is my first real Christmas in New England and when I walked into the 120-year-old cottage that passes for my neighborhood’s branch of the town library, I thought I’d stumbled on an old Cabot Cove set from Murder, She Wrote. A group of local actors read A Child’s Christmas in Wales and in between sections of the story a small choir led us in Christmas carols. It didn’t hurt that one of the actors reading Dylan Thomas’s densely evocative language is himself Welsh.

not Pentatonix Christmas
The library’s main room features a tiny, perfect stage

Again, I don’t think it matters what (if any) religion you practice. The Thomas piece isn’t about theology, it’s about a sense of place and memory. And the language, oh my goodness, the language draws you in from the first paragraph:

“One Christmas was so much like the other, in those years around the sea-town corner now, out of all sound except the distant speaking of the voices I sometimes hear a moment before sleep, that I can never remember whether it snowed for six days and six nights when I was twelve, or whether it snowed for twelve days and twelve nights when I was six.”

You can find the full text online here (thank you, Public Domain).

From Pentatonix, Dylan Thomas, and me—enjoy your day.

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