“Fall on your knees. Oh hear the angel voices. Oh night divine, oh night, when Christ was born.”

I’ve been watching Cozi TV, all in B&W. Yesterday it was Captain Gallant of the Foreign Legion, a program from 1955. Cuffy went out on his own to find the caravan carrying the tree and his presents. Captain Gallant, Fuzzy and the men, all volunteers, went after him. He was, of course, found. His uncle, Captain Gallant, said Christmas was more than a tree and presents and then told Cuffy all about the first Christmas and how Joseph and Mary had ridden across the desert just as the legionnaires had. We saw Joseph pulling the donkey with Mary riding on it across dune hills. The three Wise Men were also riding camels across the sand. Today I saw Robin Hood save a boy’s goose from being Christmas dinner and the Lone Ranger and Tonto finding a boy’s father in time for him to go home for Christmas. Both were from 1955. Right now I’m joining Ozzie, Harriet, David and Ricky for Christmas in 1952. These are wonderfully innocent and fun to watch. I can imagine myself sitting in front of the TV, far too close for my mother’s comfort, and watching all these programs and getting excited for Christmas.

Christmas Eve was always the longest day for us. We had to last until bedtime then we could sleep away the night while Santa made his rounds. We’d beg to go to bed early, as early as after dinner, but my mother kept us up until our usual bedtimes. Even then we had a difficult time falling asleep. We’d talk down the hall from bedroom to bedroom until finally we’d drift away.

One Christmas Eve day my mother once sent me to the white store, called that to differentiate it from the red store a bit down the street. She wanted something as mundane as bread. I remember riding down the grass hill in front of our house and thinking my mother didn’t get it. How could she send me to do an errand on Christmas Eve? Magical days aren’t for errands.

A TV station from New Hampshire had Santa Clause on every night starting a few weeks before Christmas. He’d read a letter or two, tell some stories and sometimes read a book. On Christmas Eve, he’d talk about how the sleigh was being filled right that minute and that he’d soon be on his way. He’d take our leave with great ceremony and tell us he’d be by our houses later and we’d best be asleep. With a wave he was off on his rounds.

On Christmas Eve, we’d open our new pajamas and slippers. The slippers were sock slippers with leather soles. I still have a pair I got for Christmas a couple of years ago, and they keep my feet toasty warm. We’d leave out milk and cookies for Santa then hang our stockings from the oldest down to the youngest on the bannister then we’d drag ourselves up to bed hardly able to wait until morning. I don’t remember sugar plums in my dreams, but I have to think those were the best dreams.

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20 Comments on ““Fall on your knees. Oh hear the angel voices. Oh night divine, oh night, when Christ was born.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    I’ve seen the most important tv program of the year and they actually showed tiny parts of two new Disney films (well Pixar is a part of Disney now days). Otherwise nothing had changed like it should be 🙂

    Still very little Christmas movies, just the awful “It’s a wonderfu life” 🙂 More will come later tonight though. I better find my “Christmas Vacation” dvd so I can watch it tomorrow, They will most likely dhow it tomorrow night, it has become a tradition in one of the biggest commercial channels but it’s so nice to see it without commercials.

    I’ve eaten far too much so no more food or candy today 🙂 I had to turn off my light chains outside, the rain must get in to the wires somewhere so my fuse breaks. Twice in two days is two times too much. Too bad I like the lights in´my apple tree but I think the deers might like it better 🙂

    Have a Good Yule!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I’ve seen my favorite Christmas movies so I’m happy. I loved those old TV shows. So many channels here are dedicated to Christmas I keep checking to see what to watch.

      My outside lights went out in the rain. I pushed reset inside, and the inside lights on the wall went on. I was going to turn the outside back on, but it was pouring. When the rain stopped, I turned the lights back on and noticed one set on the deck was out. In the freezing cold this morning I replaced it.

      I just went to the butcher’s shop and got my roast. The place was just so crowded I had to wait for a parking spot.

      I’m all set for Christmas

      Have a Good Yule too!!

  2. im6 Says:

    More later, but for now… just saw this and am passing it along to Birgit. Hope you aren’t blocked and can see it, my friend:

    • Birgit Says:

      im6, thanks for passing it along! I already saw it last night and I couldn’t help but shake my head. His film making is improvable 😉

      Back to KTCC later, Christmas dinner is in the oven and the smell of salmon with spinach and oven potatoes is filling the house…

  3. im6 Says:

    Hope your Christmas is filled with candy canes and coffee cans!
    Sending best wishes to everyone and a song to get you ready for Santa:

    • katry Says:

      im6,
      I actually have this and a couple of other Gracie Christmas songs. I love her music and her sentiments. Every year I post The Fairy on the Christmas Tree.

      Thanks for Gracie!!

  4. Hedley Says:

    Rejoice

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      Thank you for this beautiful song and the reminder of why we celebrate Christmas!

      • Hedley Says:

        I am a little bit repetitive as I had dropped this on to my Facebook page which immediately brought forth a rejoicing im6.
        The family is gathering and will head to The Chapel for services.

        The Blessings of the Season to you Kat and the posse known at KTCC.

      • katry Says:

        My Dear Hedley,
        A Happy Christmas to the Hedley clan as they celebrate Christmas. May you be filled with the blessings of the season.

  5. Bob Says:

    Since Festivus was a non event (the holiday for the rest of us), Christmas Eve is the time to watch old mostly bad Christmas movies, sing Christmas songs, spend time with the family, and wait for the old jolly elf to bring sugar plums and toys to all the good girls and boys. To all my Christian friends I wish a very Happy, Merry Christmas Eve. As the poem ends, and to all a good night. It’s only afternoon here but it’s night somewhere.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      May you enjoy the movie and the Chinese food! I wish you the best that Christmas offers all of us: the joy of family and best wishes from all of us.

  6. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I went to the grocery store this morning because I needed two things. Getting in was not a problem. I even found a parking spot relatively near the building. I found my two things and a bunch more because that’s how it always works.
    I had a lovely chat with a random lady in the checkout line who came in for one thing and had many more.
    At the exit there was a Salvation Army person. I didn’t have any cash so I went to the car and got change out of the ashtray. I hooked up Rocky, who was wild to get outside the jeep and sniff new things, and we walked back to the door. I passed the lady from the checkout line and we had an additional lovely chat. I dumped my change and returned to the jeep with dog in tow where I had another lovely chat about dogs with another random lady.
    Sometimes Christmas is conducive to lovely chats with random strangers. 🙂
    Of course, by this time, there was a massive line of cars waiting to leave the parking lot. It took about 5 minutes just to get to the road.

    Merry Christmas eve to you and to the KTCC crew.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I had to go round twice in the small lot where Ring Brothers Market is. I was just picking up my meat at the butcher’s. It was a quick stop. Gracie was waiting in the car keeping an eye out for me.

      People seem to smile a lot around this time of the year, and you are right-tend to want to chat. It’s a nice thing.

      I got home quickly, gave Gracie a Christmas treat, an iced tree from the dog bakery, and then turned on all the inside lights. The house looks lovely.

      Merry Christmas to you, Caryn and Rocky.

  7. Birgit Says:

    Santa was here 🙂
    All major events are on Christmas Eve: church, gifts, Loriot on TV and often Christmas dinner. Then we have 2 more holidays to recover and to meet family and friends. This year we attended roman catholic church because my friend’s choir was singing. Don’t tell the pope that I’m a protestant atheist 😉
    Well, I was lying, not everything is on Christmas Eve. You can’t really expect public transport today so we had to walk home almost an hour.

    Merry Christmas – Happy Christmas – God jul – Enjoy the Holidays – Happy belated Festivus – Barka da Kirsimatikuma – a cheerful Christmas – Fröhliche Weihnachten – (insert your greeting) -> to you all!
    Plus a special egg nog cheers to our wonderful coffee host Kat 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      I’m glad you were good so Santa could stop by!

      Here there is a midnight mass, many families have special Christmas Eve traditional dinners, and there are get-togethers of family and friends. The egg nog flows freely and there is usually ham.

      Fröhliche Weihnachten, Birgit!

  8. Coleen Burnett Says:

    Merry Christmas to you…just on my way out to spend it with my extended family. All good wishes to you and your animals…

    Colenn

  9. Lori Kossowsky Says:

    Merry Christmas Kat,
    I love all the music people put here. I’m a tired person today but am enjoying the season. We went with a good friend to see the movie Philomena (for our traditional holiday movie and walk). it’s the best movie I’ve seen this year–actually it’s the only movie I’ve seen this year.
    Tomorrow I will visit a friend in the late afternoon.
    Though this is early, I’ll put one of my favorite videos up.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSq1cez_flQ

    I’ll write more later after my traditional 5pm nap. Oh, did Harry arrive safely?

    Happy Holidays to everyone,
    Lori and the Crew

    • katry Says:

      Merry Christmas, Lori

      Traditions are wonderful, especially ones spent with friends.

      I too haven’t seen many movies this year. I used to go all the time but haven’t in a long while. Harry is sitting right on my tree enjoying the lights and tinsel.

      I haven’t ever heard Joseph Gordon-Levitt sing before-he does a great job with this song.

      Happy Holidays to you too!

      Kat, Gracie, Fern and Maddie


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