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O’er the world a star is sweetly gleaming
To fans everywhere, in so many languages, Merry Christmas one and all!
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A Christmas Day Wish…
To your enemy . . .forgiveness,
To your opponent . . .tolerance.
To a friend . . . your heart.
To a customer . . . service.
To all men . . .charity.
To every child . . . a good example
To yourself . . .respect
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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,
from Team Archuleta
Everytime we hear from Team Archuleta with something David-related, I consider it a gift. Yesterday was no different when Kari tweeted this lovely video. I really enjoyed the interviews with the band and team and hearing about that untold side. The footage from far back in the theatre of David racing across the stage during his performance showcased the variety included in his show. A description of the vid from the Notes:
Here are some behind the scenes footage along with some interviews from the My Kind Of Christmas Tour 2011 while David was in his hometown of Salt Lake City, Utah. We would like to thank Lance McGavin and Stetson Gleave, in collaboration with Haugen Creative for the footage and editing from the Salt Lake City show Dec 2011.
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A special call home
Mission Elders are able to call family today, Christmas Day, as well as Mother’s Day. I cannot imagine the excitement for Elders and Sisters everywhere on this day. We wish David and his family a wonderful moment to reconnect, update and share in this special day. We are thinking of you!
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FOD wishes you a Merry Christmas!
I asked the writers to send in a Christmas greeting for today’s post and to share some of their Christmas traditions with you.
Merry Christmas and happy holidays everyone!
from Joanie (@suttygal)
Our Christmas Eve includes a few traditions which I have carried on from my own family growing up. The Christmas Eve dinner is home made spaghetti and meatballs, Caesar salad, and lots of garlic bread. My kids now pitch in to help mix the meat, roll the meatballs, etc. Goofy singing and dancing is usually found in the kitchen…well admittedly sometimes that’s me!
After dinner and dessert (most years it’s LOTS of Christmas cookies) it’s time to revisit and remember the importance of Christmas in our lives. Growing up as a child, my dad would sit in his favorite chair as we all huddled around and listened to the story of the birth of Jesus. My father (Grandpa now ) continues this tradition. There is never a gift opened before the story from the gospel (of Luke) is read and often followed by prayers and intentions. Dad made a stable for our family growing up; we loved that manger and nativity set. He also made one for each of us children. Baby Jesus is placed in the manger after the Christmas story is read.
Our Christmas stockings (except for my husband’s) were all hand made and beaded by my mom. She made mine and my siblings(4 of us) when we were little, and continued to make them for all of her grandchildren. Each includes a felt framed pic of when we were little along with things/symbols special to each of us. Although my mom is no longer living, her love and presence are deeply felt as we celebrate the holidays. Board games, cards, movies, music (we all love CFTH), and conversation form highlights of our time together. I love spending time with my family and only wish for a day once again when ALL of my siblings and their families could be together with us on Christmas Eve!
PS OH! And I got a wonderful surprise /present last night. We went to midnight Mass lat night and I wore my long black coat. I don’t think I must have worn that coat at all last year~
When we got out of our car and started walking into church, I put my hands in my pockets. To my great surprise I pulled out my MOTAB ticket from David’s Sunday’s performance along with the MOTAB little descriptive program. Finding it in my pocket was in itself a little Christmas gift that meant so much!!!
Holiday Greetings from Kalei
It’s been a year since I started writing for the FOD Front Page, and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it! I actually started during the MKOC Tour, December 8th to be exact – I can’t believe that was more than a year ago! It’s been an amazing experience, connecting with other fans on a daily basis and sharing the magic of David’s amazing music!
We have a few fun traditions to celebrate the holiday season, even if the weather is sunny and most people are at the beach! There is a holiday light display at Honolulu Hale every year, and there is a light parade which kicks off the holiday season. We have Shaka Santa & Tutu Mele who preside over the festivities and there is a tree lighting ceremony much like they have in NYC! If you’re lucky, you might even see Santa arrive in his canoe!
Mele Kalikimaka me ka Hauʻoli Makahiki Hou!
Merry Christmas One and All
How I’ve missed you! I just cannot believe it’s been 4 1/2 years since we all started our journey together. While I’ve missed writing for you all, I am so delighted that FOD is in the good hands of Mary Lou, Joanie, and Kalei. I’ve been working hard on my own writing this year and of course, on raising my family! My son, Jonah, will be 14 in a few weeks, and my daughter Madelyn just turned 9. Christian and I celebrated our 17th wedding anniversary this year.
Our Christmas traditions begin the day after Thanksgiving, when we go to Whitetail Tree Farm and cut down our own trees–yes; we get two! It’s quite hilarious as we negotiate and try to find the very BEST trees! Each year one of us gets to choose our ornament theme; this year, we did cupcakes and ice cream cones. After we decorate the trees with all of our ornaments from Christmases past, we put on our new ornaments and then light the tree. A train even runs underneath the big tree! Christmas Eve is a big party on the Haley side of the family; Christmas day is spent at our home, with my parents coming over to celebrate with us. The anticipation of gifts and stockings are so much fun, especially with my new baby niece, who just turned one on Saturday.
But the most exquisite part of Christmas is reading the story of the birth of our Christ, and feeling His love surround us and heal us and make our lives complete.
To each of you I extend loving holiday greetings. Have a blessed year!
Merry Christmas and Buon Natale
One of the Christmas traditions I want to share with you isn’t really about Christmas Day at all, but in preparing my children for it. Many years ago, even before the children were born, I purchased an advent calendar. It was not the normal calendar with candies or pop-outs. This calendar contained 25 little books which would double as tree ornaments. Each book featured one part of the Christmas story. Our nightly tradition was to open the calendar starting on Dec. 1, and I or my husband would read to the children the book for that day. Later, the kids would read to us. The great anticipation was for the final book, the birth of Christ, and the children would take turns reading the largest and most important book. The individual ornaments were placed on the kid’s own little tree we put between their rooms, decorated in THEIR style. That nightly ritual, as well as the other things we would do to prepare ourselves spiritually for Christmas, was an anchor.
This year, my daughter decorated our tree while I was out of town, as a surprise. The Advent ornaments are front and centre and many of the fancier ornaments were never taken out of the box, in favour of these ones. This year, I found that advent calendar on-line and bought two copies, one for each of my kids, for them to start that tradition anew one day, in the future.
The rest of my traditions involve Mass with my lovely mom and dad, my sisters and their families, and lots of Italian food. I am blessed to have them close by and to be overflowing with love and warmth this time of year and always.
Wishing all of you a blessed Christmas and New Years.
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Sunday morning, as I sat in one of our church meetings listening to a precious story of how a community came together to provide memories for a family who recently lost their father, a tear rolled down my cheek. I couldn’t help but think back over the years that I had as a child etching lasting images in my head.
My parents always did so much with so little. I grew up on a farm in the small community of Moody, Idaho. Some years, when the crops were good, the toys at Christmas time seemed large and shiny. But this was not always the case. However, I can’t think of a Christmas that wasn’t chock full of love and joy. I think that boils down to two things for me.
First – family. I always have had the luxury of my family surrounding me. My mom was always performing somewhere, and of course, she had me involved from the time I discarded the bottle. I remember in kindergarten performing the holiday classic “Little Sandy Sleighfoot” to a standing ovation at Adams Elementary. (For those curious, I did discard the bottle well before then).
All of my brothers and sisters are musical as well. We all sing, and both of my brothers played the Tuba ahead of me. One of the earliest concert memories I have was that of my older siblings performing in the Messiah at Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho. I sat through the whole thing ( I was probably 3 ) entranced with its beauty. I later had the opportunity to perform in that same yearly performance for nine years in a row, first as an 8th grader singing tenor with the high school choir all the way through playing Tuba with the college symphony. It was one of my most cherished traditions.
We would also take a yearly sleigh ride with the Barney’s and their work horses. My parents volunteered as coordinators for the Special Ed group that my sister belonged to, and each month we pulled together some fun activity or program for all the kids in the program. I’m so grateful for the example that was set for me to serve everyone, regardless of their circumstances.
I think the greatest thing though, and this is the second thing, is the knowledge of the birth of the Saviour, and ultimately his atoning sacrifice for us. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t have peace in my heart because of this. I’m grateful that I have never lost perspective of this. What a beautiful world we live in!
I am so blessed with a beautiful wife and five awesome kids that I get to enjoy spending time with building new memories. We love playing board games, enjoying classic Christmas movies, driving the neighborhoods searching out the most obnoxiously decorated homes, baking all kinds of sugary goodies, and of course, sharing our talents with friends and family.
On Sunday, I performed seven different musical numbers in different wards. How blessed I am to be able to share the feelings I have inside through such a powerful medium. After one of the meetings, the father of some dear friends of ours made sure to come up to me to let me know how touched he was. He recently suffered a stroke that has left him wheelchair bound. He could hardly speak to me because of the results of the stroke. But, the tear that rolled down his cheek and the smile that I could see peeking through said everything. That’s why I do what I do. I could care less for the fame and recognition. But when someone has a moving experience, that’s all the gratification I need.
The one thing I have learned above all others this past year is that it is a choice to be happy. Any of us can choose to be happy, regardless of our circumstances. However, JOY does not work this way. Joy is something we have to experience, and it comes from sources outside of ourselves. We can put ourselves in a place where we’re likely to experience joy, but none of can just decide, “Okay, right now I’m going to choose to have Joy.” This is why we all listen to David, right?
I would like to thank you all for the love and support for this site. We know we’re not perfect, but believe me, everything we do and every intention is to hopefully bring you joy. I’m so grateful for all the contributors and the countless hours they provide. Folks, there’s all kinds of goodness we’re surrounded by!
Merry Christmas to every one of you! May the light of everything good shine with you in your lives and may you be blessed with the special spirit of the season!
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Ending with O Holy Night
If you will indulge me, one of my favourite performances of O Holy Night. I have to thank Wanda (ArchuletaAvenue) for the monochromatic version of this.
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