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I Believe In Father Christmas – Greg Lake

A new video for our lineup for the Christmas Music Extravaganza!

From the lyrics:

I wish you a hopeful Christmas
I wish you a brave new year
All anguish, pain and sadness
Leave your heart and let your road be clear

That seems really appropriate for 2020.

“You’re a Mean One, Mr Grinch” – Dr Seuss

This seems appropriate considering our other post today.

Perry Cuomo – It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.

The temperatures here in Brevard County, Florida are supposed to drop into the 40’s tonight.

Somehow this classic seems appropriate.

Jars Of Clay – Love Came Down At Christmas.

Another in our “Christmas Music Extravaganza!”

Flash Mob – Ode To Joy!

We don’t think that the world will see many of these types of flash mobs due to the pandemic, but it is still nice to watch and listen to them.

This one is from Nurenburg in 2014.

A small programming note: There seems to be a little confusion with some as to what the “Christmas Music Extravaganza” does to our regular postings. The answer is “nothing.” We are still posting at least one “news” story a day. The Christmas music videos are an additional post for that day and do not replace our normal programming.

Dropkick Murphys – “The Season’s Upon Us.”

We are going so far off the track with this one that we are not sure we can come back.

“The Season’s Upon Us” is a song by a group called “Dropkick Murphys” which according to Wikipedia “are an American Celtic punk band formed in Quincy, Massachusetts, in 1996.” That description alone gave us pause.

There is something oddly familiar with some of the characters in the video and to some extent, we think that everyone has people in their family that are like someone in the video.

Be advised that the song does contain a curse word so it might not be safe for work.

VeggieTales – “Light of Christmas.”

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.

Silent Night – Werner Klemperer and John Banner.

This won’t be the last version of Silent Night you hear this season from us, but what we found fascinating is who is doing the singing.

Werner Klemperer and John Banner are well known for playing Colonel Klink and Sergeant Schultz in the 1960’s comedy “Hogan’s Heroes” but prior to that show, the two men had long and distinguished careers on the big screen, the small screen and on stage. One of the roles we always found fascinating for the contrast to his character in Hogan’s Heroes, was Klemperer played the part of stoic and unrepentant Nazi “Emil Hahn” in the film “Judgment at Nuremberg” which was a fictional account of the Nazi war crime trials held after World War II.

It should also be noted that both Klemperer and Banner were Jewish who were forced to flee their home countries due to persecution of Jews by the Nazis. Klemperer said he would only play the part of Klink if he could play him as a bumbling idiot and never have a scheme of Klink’s succeed. Bannon said the same thing for his character Sergeant Schultz. Both men wanted to mock the Nazis and did so on the show.

Here the two are appearing on a Bing Crosby special, performing in a way you just don’t expect of them.

UPDATE with details on the song Robert Clary sings:

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