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Merry Christmas 2011

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Merry Christmas 2011

Postby Charles » Sat Dec 24, 2011 4:29 pm

Love and Joy to all !!!

This is the thirteenth Christmas that I've been able to share with our friends and colleagues here on AnimationNation and I am very grateful for the opportunity for another Holiday Season with the great folks that make up our community.

As I've done on Christmas Eve for the past several years, good fortune had me participating in the decoration of St. Charles Barromeo Church on Lankershim Blvd. and Moorpark Rd. in North Hollywood, California.

The great benefactor of this beautiful house of worship was none other than Bob Hope and his wife, Delores Hope. They funded the building of the church. It was completed in 1959.

Here's how the church looks as of this morning on Christmas Eve.

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Re: Merry Christmas 2011

Postby Charles » Sat Dec 24, 2011 4:45 pm

On the drive back to Burbank, I passed by Bob Hope's house. He didn't live far from St. Charles Church. I pulled over and got a shot of the nativity scene the estate sets up at one of the gates to the property.

Bob and Delores Hope did this every year, and the tradition continues even though they've both passed on.

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Here's a broader view of the nativity scene and the gate taken from across the street. These pictures can be viewed better by clicking on the image.

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Re: Merry Christmas 2011

Postby Charles » Sat Dec 24, 2011 7:15 pm

Christmas Eve in Burbank, California USA!

This is a block away from AN headquarters. Many of the residents of Burbank take their Christmas decorations seriously.

These homes are in the Magnolia Park neighborhood.

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Re: Merry Christmas 2011

Postby Charles » Sat Dec 24, 2011 11:39 pm

I've done this every Christmas on AN for years, ever since I discovered YouTube and all that it brings to life and to celebrating this most joyous of holidays.

I like to feature reverent Christmas songs on this night.

Here's a few which I hope you'll enjoy.

To start with, from America, a great spiritual folk song in the Gospel tradition that we loved to sing when we were kids, and still love to sing today.

Go Tell It On the Mountain.

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Postby Charles » Sat Dec 24, 2011 11:42 pm

Next up, my nomination for perhaps the most beautiful song my ears have ever heard. I discovered it last Christmas and shared it on the forums. From the Western Christian tradition, O Magnum Mysterium, or the Great Mystery...

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Postby Charles » Sat Dec 24, 2011 11:58 pm

And in the Eastern Christian tradition, an ancient Byzantine hymn. The language is the Greek that was spoken about 1500 to 2000 years ago, that the New testament was written in.




This is a rare treat as the monks who chant this do so in English.

The great Christmas song of the Eastern Church...

Christ is Born...

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Re: Merry Christmas 2011

Postby Charles » Sun Dec 25, 2011 12:09 am

Once again, Merry Christmas brothers and sisters.

I hope your Holiday celebration is full of happiness and love.

Thank you for reading this and for coming to the AN Forums.

May you have peace and prosperity and creativity in your life, and may all your dreams come true.
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Re: Merry Christmas 2011

Postby pkotvi » Sun Dec 25, 2011 9:11 am

Merry Christmas to all!
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Re: Merry Christmas 2011

Postby Charles » Wed Dec 28, 2011 11:57 am

Linking this to the I Love Christmas topic for posterity.

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