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Merry Christmas.

We hope that you are having a wonderful and blessed Christmas surrounded by friends and family and those you love.

Our first year of being online, we posted Linus’ speech from “Merry Christmas Charlie Brown” as it tells the meaning of Christmas and brings back so many fond memories. What we didn’t realize is that for years our friend William Teach over at the Pirate’s Cove had been doing the same thing – long before we thought of it. (Great minds think alike, we guess.)

Luckily for us, Teach even took the time to upload the video to YouTube and so we thank him for that.

Merry Christmas from all the writers, staff and contributors here at Raised on Hoecakes.

Luke chapter 2:

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.

Christmas: “The Best Christmas Morn” – Phil Keaggy.

This was suggested by a long time reader.

You may not have heard of Phil Keaggy, but Keaggy was once listed in Guitar Magazine as one of the top 5 guitarists in the world. He’s that good.

This song seems so appropriate to us right now.

“All I Want…..Arrrgh!!”

Christmas: Silent Night – John Denver And The Muppets.

This year, as is our tradition every year, we end our Christmas Music Extravaganza with John Denver and the Muppets singing “Silent Night.”

Years ago we watched the Christmas special called “John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together.” One of our favorite parts was the singing of “Silent Night.” At the time, were weren’t familiar with the story behind the writing of song. John Denver explaining the origins of the song is a nice touch. (We have since found out that the reason the organ in the church was not working was that mice had chewed through the bellows.)

So while it sounds funny, this is our favorite version of “Silent Night.” Not only did we learn something, but it is easy to sing with and not feel out of place. After all, unlike singing with recordings of wonderful choirs, no one is ever going to accuse Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, Waldorf and Stadler or any of the Muppets as having great voices, but yet it works.

This is the album version:

And the version as it appeared on the Christmas Special “John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together.”


Christmas: Christmas Carol Fantasy – Philharmonic Youth Winds

A collection of Christmas songs.


It can be said that this past year have been one like no other with stress and anxiety and worry. We here at Raised on Hoecakes have felt it and frankly, as we approach Christmas, we are simply tired of bad news, conflict and strife.

From here until Christmas, we are going to post things that hopefully will make you smile – even for a moment.

Christmas: “Light of Christmas” – VeggieTales.

On a day where we give thanks for what we have, we should remember that there are people less fortunate.

Part of the Christmas message is giving and helping others.

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