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Sing along to the sounds of the season

On this Monday before Christmas, a little "music" to get you in the mood; a few stanzas from some holiday standards to get you across the finish line, and to keep you in the spirit of the holidays for a few more days:

(A 'remix' of last year's list. But, just as last year, the following are meant to be sung, not just read.)

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"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas/Everywhere you go/There's a tree in the Grand hotel/One in the park as well/The sturdy kind that doesn't mind the snow…/…And the thing that will make them ring/Is the carol that you sing/Right within your heart."

"Silent night, Holy night/All is calm, all is bright…"

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"Those are marshmallow clouds being friendly/In the arms of the evergreen trees/And the sun is red like a pumpkin head.../Take a walk with your favorite girl…/In the winter it's a marshmallow world."

"Deck the halls with boughs of holly/Fa la la la la, la la la la/Tis the season to be jolly…"

"He's making a list/Checking it twice/Gonna find out who's naughty or nice/Santa Claus is coming to town."

"Come, they told me/pa rum pa pump um…/…I have no gift to bring…/…The ox and lamb kept time…/…Then He smiled at me, pa rum pa pump um"

"It's nice, you know, to kiss your beau/While cuddling under the mistletoe/And Santa Claus you know, of course/Is one of the boys from home"

"Then one foggy Christmas Eve/Santa came to say/Rudolph with your nose so bright/Won't you guide my sleigh tonight?"

"I met a man who lives in Tennessee/He was headin' for/Pennsylvania, and some homemade pumpkin pie/From Pennsylvania, folks are travelin'/Down to Dixie's sunny shore/From Atlantic to Pacific/Gee, the traffic is terrific."

"I don't want a lot for Christmas/There is just one thing I need/I don't care about the presents/Underneath the Christmas tree…Oh, I won't ask for much this Christmas/I won't even wish for snow/And I'm just gonna keep on waiting/Underneath the mistletoe…"

"How still we see thee lie/Above thy deep and dreamless sleep/The silent stars go by/Yet in thy dark streets shineth/The everlasting light/The hopes and fears of all the years/Are met in thee tonight."

"Peace on earth, and mercy mild."

"I'll be home for Christmas/You can plan on me/Please have snow and mistletoe/And presents on the tree."

"City sidewalks, busy sidewalks/Dressed in holiday style/In the air/There's a feeling of Christmas/Children laughing/People passing/Meeting smile after smile/And on every street corner you'll hear."

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"When mistletoe and tinsel glow/Paint a yuletide valentine/Back home I go to those I know/For a Christmas auld lang syne."

"So I'm offering this simple phrase/To kids from one to ninety-two/Although it's been said many times, many ways/Merry Christmas to you."

Reach sports columnist Matt Laczkowski at 410-857-7896 or coach@with-character.com.

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