While I’m not a big fan of shopping during the holidays or busy store parking lots or icy roads, I could happily stay home, drink bottomless cups of cocoa, eat 3,000 calories worth of Christmas cookies and listen to the carols of the season. Knowing this, a friend of mine recently introduced me to this video of “12 Days,” an original compilation sung by an all-male a cappella vocal ensemble that formed at Indiana University back in 1996. This particular performance by the group named Straight No Chaser was from December 7, 1998, and it makes me smile every time I watch it. Hope it will do the same for you:
Also, because my heroine in A Summer in Europe is a HUGE Andrew Lloyd Webber fan — and so am I! — I wanted to share this second music video with you as well. It’s performed by the legendary Sarah Brightman, who originated the lead female role in Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera (and she was, in fact, Webber’s wife for a time, too). Below she’s singing “I Believe in Father Christmas.”
Wishing all who celebrate a very Merry Christmas this weekend, and to everyone everywhere I wish you a most happy holiday season. May 2012 be a year of dreams fulfilled, good health, peace on earth and much joy!