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.
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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