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AN's Christmas Celebration 2010

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AN's Christmas Celebration 2010

Postby Charles » Fri Dec 24, 2010 5:56 pm

Welcome to yet another Christmas on AnimationNation.com.

Over the years of hosting AN, it's always been a joyful experience sharing Christmas content with our community this night on Christmas Eve.

And I have some nice things to share with you this year.

To get things started, let's do it the Old English way. The spriritual observance of the Holiday begins with this song, it's a real beauty of a performance too by the Choir of the Chapel of King's College in Cambridge.

This is from last year's service broadcast on the BBC.

Once In Royal David's City

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Re: AN's Christmas Celebration 2010

Postby Charles » Fri Dec 24, 2010 6:16 pm

From last year's service at King's College in Cambridge, a superb rendition of one of the great musical masterpieces of Christmas.

O Come All Ye Faithful.

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Re: AN's Christmas Celebration 2010

Postby Charles » Fri Dec 24, 2010 6:34 pm

One more from last year's King's College service, a beautiful and spiritually moving performance of "The Great Mystery". Listen to this and you will have peace.

Magnum Mysterium

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Re: AN's Christmas Celebration 2010

Postby Charles » Fri Dec 24, 2010 6:50 pm

Every Christmas Eve I spend the morning decorating St. Charles Church in North Hollywood for their Christmas services, and I like to feature photos of what we've done.

This year, I'd like to start by showing how the church looks from the point of view of the altar, facing the towards the entrance.

Here it is in a panoramic shot that begins with a look at the dome, and pans down.

This is in the morning with the sun's natural luminescence and a few of the hanging lights.

Clicking on the image will give you a better view.

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Postby Charles » Fri Dec 24, 2010 7:05 pm

This is the interior of St. Charles with all the lights turned on.

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Re: AN's Christmas Celebration 2010

Postby Charles » Fri Dec 24, 2010 7:25 pm

St. Charles Church is known world wide, not only for its unique design, but also for the distinction of having Bob Hope finance its construction. It was completed in 1959.

He lived only a few blocks down the street, within walking distance, and would worship here with his wife Delores.

This is the front of the church, the altar area, as it looked when we finished the job. If you go to St. Charles this evening for their services, this is what you'll see.

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The altar area from a closer angle.

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Here's a view from the area where a manger scene was set up by the pulpit.

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The side chapel is dedicated to St. Mary. This is where Mrs. Hope comes to worship.

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Postby Charles » Fri Dec 24, 2010 7:36 pm

The sound volume is a little light, and you may have to bear a commercial prior to its play, but this is the official YouTube upload of the performance of the song by this artist.

It wouldn't be Christmas with Bing Crosby and Silent Night, from sometime in the 1940s.

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Re: AN's Christmas Celebration 2010

Postby Charles » Fri Dec 24, 2010 8:08 pm

If I may, I would like to include one more spiritually oriented Christmas song.

It's actually three songs, from the Eastern Christian Church, in the Greek language of 2000 years ago. Listening to this is like going back in time.

The first part is called "Christ Is Born" then it morphs into "The Strange Mystery", then into "The Great Chant".

This is how Christmas carols sounded long ago, and as they are still sung today in parts of the world.

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Re: AN's Christmas Celebration 2010

Postby Charles » Fri Dec 24, 2010 8:15 pm

It's not Christmas without Nat King Cole and "The Christmas Song".

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Re: AN's Christmas Celebration 2010

Postby Charles » Fri Dec 24, 2010 8:19 pm

And it wouldn't be Christmas without Judy Garland either.

She introduced this song in a 1944 movie called "Meet Me In St. Louis" and it became an American standard for the season.

"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"

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Re: AN's Christmas Celebration 2010

Postby Charles » Fri Dec 24, 2010 8:31 pm

What better way to wrap up this year's celebration on AN, then with this classic from the 1955 movie of the same name.

Irving Berlin wrote it either poolside at a hotel in Arizona in 1940, or in Southern California, longing for Christmas back home.

It became the biggest selling record of all time.

I'm dreaming of a White Christmas.




And with that my friends, it's down to Santa coming to town.

From Burbank, California, USA, to you wherever you may be, wishing you happiness and the very very best that life has to bring.

Thanks for following AN.

Peace On Earth And Goodwill To All Mankind
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Re: AN's Christmas Celebration 2010

Postby Charles » Mon Dec 27, 2010 6:29 pm

Boy, what a bunch of humbugs.

What's wrong with people this year? Can't even wish each other a Merry Christmas? Not even a nice and generic Happy Holidays?

Where did everyone learn this kind of complacency?

Well go ahead and be a scrooge.

Life is too beautiful not to rejoice in it.

Ever hear the song "Silver Bells"? It's an American classic and a standard at Christmas time.

This is the first time it was ever performed, in a Bob Hope movie from the 1940s called "The Lemon Drop Kid".

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Re: AN's Christmas Celebration 2010

Postby jeffnevins » Tue Dec 28, 2010 3:46 pm

Just checked the forum after a few days offline.

I'm up for wishing ANers a late Merry Christmas.

I enjoyed a play in SF, as well as the sights downtown, and a party.

Hope you all had a good time. If not, hang in there. I'm hoping for a good New Year.
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