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The Art of Celebration – How We Celebrate the Holidays

December 13, 2012

Holiday traditions, while unique in their own right, are what bind us together as a culture.  During the month of December during the hustle and bustle of shopping, eating and entertaining, we all seem to have one main goal:  to celebrate in the company of those we love.  Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or a combination thereof,  all tend to celebrate at some point during December.

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Caroling, Caroling – The History of Caroling

December 4, 2012

How did it all start, you ask?  Well, let me tell you.  It all began about a few thousand years ago when pagan songs were sung to celebrate the Winter Solstice, around December 22, while dancing around stone circles.  A carol, also called a “noel,” actually refers to a dance or song of praise and joy, and used to be written for all four of the seasons;  however, the Christmas season has been the only one where the tradition survives.

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Directors' Toolbox

Happy Holidays, Manic Musicians

December 4, 2012

Tips for Holiday Concert Season Survival

It’s that time of year again… the time when people love the sound of joyous holiday music to put them in the mood to celebrate with friends and family.  Whether the songs are nostalgic, fun, reflective, or worshipful, no one can deny that music is a big part of what makes the holidays so magical.

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