One of my favourite Christmas memories is about a time many years ago when I spent Christmas at the Deer Spring Bruderhof in Connecticut, USA. It was the only Christmas I've ever been away from home. I loved everything about that Yuletide season: the children's plays and songs, the Community Orchestra, and special times with my host family, the Warehams...
What stands out the most for me was on Christmas morning when I was still in bed and heard music. I soon realized that it came from outside. I was staying on the second level of my host family's home. I went to the window, yes, opened it, despite the cold. There, right below my window the community's brass group stood playing We Wish You A Merry Christmas. The air was clear and crisp which made their music extra beautiful, like it was echoing through the valley. This moment was the best gift I received that year - being serenaded early on Christmas morning by angels with brass instruments was very, very special. Every time I hear a brass group, I'm taken back to my window in Deer Spring, when I was blessed by brass.
On that note here's some Canadian Brass playing Ding Dong Merrily on High:
For some Christmas-around-the-world fun, I'd really appreciate if you'd leave a comment telling all my readers how you say Merry Christmas in your language. Let's see how many different Christmas we can get on this page!! (Yes, do come back a few times and receive Joy and love from many corners of the world.) Just write your country's name and the Christmas greeting. According to my Flag Counter, people in 135 countries read my blog - that in itself is worth celebrating! And it's OK if you see your language already, just say it again. One can never hear this special greeting often enough. Of course you can always leave your own personal thoughts in your comment as well.
I'm looking forward to reading your greetings!