Merry Christmas everybody! As always, I had hoped for a white Christmas but it is uncharacteristically mild in Switzerland this year. Instead of snow floating ethereally down, all I see out of my window are grey skies and incessant rain. Still, there are lots of ways to cheer oneself up. We went to Strasbourg and Colmar to visit the Christmas markets over the past couple of days. This is something we have done almost every year over the past decade. I love Strasbourg all dressed up for Christmas – the wonderful half-timbered houses decorated in myriad ways, shops lit with Christmas goods, market stalls selling from kitsch to wonderful artworks, musicians at every street corner, the smell of gingerbread (pain d’épices) and mulled wine (vin chaud/glühwein) making every breath an enjoyable one (it tastes even better!!). And over it all looms the immense, glorious presence of the Cathedral. As always, I went in to light candles and pray for the well being of all those I call my own.
As for music, who doesn’t love Christmas music? I certainly do! And yes, I love the cheesy songs as well as the lovely old ones! Remembering a lovely Christmas concert I had seen on TV many years back, I went in search of it and was happy to find it on Youtube. So many songs that I love and such wonderful voices! I hope you enjoy the Three Tenors singing all the old favourites. I especially adore Placido Domingo’s voice!
For those with limited time, do listen to to my favourites :
White Christmas : 0:01:26
Carol of the Drum / The Little Drummer Boy : 0:13:04
Cantique de Noel / O Holy Night : 0:33:25
Silent Night : 0:44:45