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Time for some musical holiday cheer! I’m planning a FaceBook sing-along, with songs of the season honoring several traditions, in a few languages, plus some plain old holiday fun.
In chronological order, this year the dates to observe fall on:
§ Hanukkah (Dec. 10-16)
§ “Star of Bethlehem” rare Saturn-Jupiter conjunction (visible Dec. 16-21)
§ Winter Solstice (Dec. 21)
§ Christmas (Dec. 25)
§ Kwanzaa (Dec. 26-Jan. 1)
Of course, there has been Shopping since before Thanksgiving…
This December is special, not only because it ends our globally arduous year of 2020 with the hope that 2021 will be easier, but because there’s a special conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter that will blaze bright in the night sky, visible to the naked eye from December 16-21, and brightest on the 21st at sunset. Astronomers say not only has this phenomenon not been seen since the year 1226; it may also have been the fabled Star of Bethlehem followed by the shepherds and Magi (who, per some historians, were astrologers) to the stable in Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus. Back in the 2nd century B.C. (close enough), the conjunction included Venus as well.
I haven’t chosen the day and time yet for the song event, partly because of the range of holi-dates that gives it some flexibility, and partly because I’d like it to not conflict with online celebrations already planned by other musician friends. So I’ll be announcing it soon.
Get ready! Warm up those pipes! If you’d like to have the lyric sheet in advance, contact me here and I’ll email it to you.