Christmas carols bring different tidings to different listeners

Published: Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 02:36 PM.

Her thoughts led to a flood of other favorites from her hymnal.

“And I like ‘Angels from the Realms of Glory.’ I like all the Christmas songs. ‘It came Upon a Midnight Clear’ is a pretty song to me. And ‘Silent Night,’ too.

“One we sang in school when I was a little girl was, ‘Up on the housetop reindeer pause/Out jumped good old Santa Claus…’ I’m amazed I can remember that.”

Victor Everett

Everett, an Iraq War veteran, remembers a wartime Christmas that included a song special to his family back in Crestview.

“Oh man, I remember there’s a Christmas song someone sent me in Iraq that was so great: ‘The Chipmunk Song.’

“‘Christmas, don’t be late,’” Everett started singing. “The girls and I would sing it to annoy their mother so it became one of our family favorites.

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