"One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture
and, if possible, speak a few reasonable words. " ~Goethe

~ also, if possible, to dwell in "a house where all's accustomed, ceremonious." ~Yeats

Saturday, March 14, 2015

814 ~ Where It Was Almost Always Christmas

A HOUSE WHERE ALL'S ACCUSTOMED, CEREMONIOUS

You've seen this house before ~ where we lived in West Philadelphia for eight amazing years! This time last year, I featured it in honor of my dear house sister, Vicky Duffy McL. And of course it was given a spot of honor on our 2014 Calendar: Homes That We Love. In fact, it was the calendar project that inspired my boys to say, "Mom, we want to see the inside of our old house! We're forgetting our childhood! Remind us!" So I looked through all our pre - digitals, scanned the following, and created a calendar for "Christmas time and all the whole year through":

January
Entryway ~ Welcome to Our Victorian Home!

February
Living Room ~ Silver Lights and Ionic Columns!

March
Dining Room ~ Twelfth Night Party!

April
Kitchen Corner ~ Looking onto Beaumont Street!

May
Family Room ~ Lego Building!

June
Study ~ Ben at the Computer!

July
2nd Floor Bathroom ~ Classic Window Reflection

August
3rd Floor Bathroom ~ Advent Calendar and Josef!

September
Front Bedroom ~ A Booklover's Window Seat!

October
Sam's Room ~ Everything from Pikachu to Batman!

November
Ben's Caribbean Blue Sleeping Porch ~ Winter Sky!

December
4th Floor Art Stuido ~ Whole Famliy!
[click for further explanation]

And to conclude, a few lines from one of my favorites, the kind of Christmas song that you can still sing in March if you want to:
May your life be filled with sunshine
May your every wish come true
May you find the sweet fulfillment in everything you do
May your days be blessed with the very very best
Both now and the whole year through
It says so in my Christmas card to
You and all your family, your neighbors and your friends
May all your days be happy with a joy that never ends
May peace and love surround you
At Christmas time and all the whole year through
from "My Christmas Card to You"
sung by The Partridge Family
words and music by Tony Romeo

P.S.
Just one quick question about the two songs you see copied below: are they in fact two songs? Or are they really both the same song? I love them both, but I'm confused. Whenever I hear one, the other comes to mind.

For example:

The Partridge Family:
I'm looking out my window
at the softly falling snow
that dances in the early morning light
. . .

The Seekers:
Looking from my window
On the freshly fallen snow,
It sparkles as it tumbles
Upon the street below
. . .

************

Here are the songs in full;
you can click on the titles to listen:

My Christmas Card to You
To you and all your family, your neighbors and your friends
May all your days be happy with a joy that never ends
May peace and love surround you
at Christmas time and all the whole year through

I'm looking out my window at the softly falling snow
that dances in the early morning light

I got my guitar right before me, strummin' a beautiful sound
watching it a-comin' down, all around
on the fields and the farms and the road to town

And I'm thinkin' up a letter that I'm writin' in my head
a Christmas card to all the folks I love
Instead of lettin' the postman bring it, I decided I'd rather sing it
especially for you, for you

To you and all your family, your neighbors and your friends
May all your days be happy with a joy that never ends
May peace and love surround you
at Christmas time and all the whole year through

May your life be filled with sunshine
May your every wish come true
May you find the sweet fulfillment in everything you do
May your days be blessed with the very very best
both now and the whole year through
it says so in my Christmas card to

You and all your family, your neighbors and your friends
May all your days be happy with a joy that never ends
May peace and love surround you
at Christmas time and all the whole year through
at Christmas time and all the whole year through


Sung by The Partridge Family
Lyrics and music by Tony Romeo, 1971

************

I Wish You Could Be Here
Looking from my window
On the freshly fallen snow,
It sparkles as it tumbles
Upon the street below,

The crackle of the fire
Is laughing in my ear,
The room is warm and sleepy
And I wish you could be here.
Somedays in this town
There's not a lot for me to do,
I've been listening to some records
And my thoughts return to you,
I tried to read the paper
But the words aren't very clear,
Oh I know there's something missing
And I wish you could be here.

I keep listening for your footsteps
Or your key turned in the door,
I sure could use your company
But we've been through that before,
I think the winter's going to last
A long time this year,
I've got empty time to fill
And I wish you could be here.


Sung by The Seekers
Lyrics and music by Bruce Woodley & Paul Simon, 1966

To You and All Your Family . . . . I Wish You Could Be Here!
Sam ~ Our Neighbor Graham ~ Ben
January 2000

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Next Fortnightly Post
Saturday, March 28th

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