A belated Happy Easter from the Castros

Well. Technically, the Happy Easter greetings were not so much belated as I am posting these belatedly.*

Happy Easter from our family to yours!

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HAPPY EASTER FROM UNCLE MIKE AND THE GIRLS!!

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And then there is this service at Lake Pointe Church. (Jason’s solo is at about 10:30.)

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*Because it was also Passover and I was offline, okay?

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Thanks for tracking this all down, Jasonized!

I wanna be at SXSW, too!

(And if you’d only Like/Follow Castro’s Facebook page, you wouldn’t need me to know all this stuff. MAKE IT SO!)

Although it’s been said many times, many ways…

“The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)” by Mel Tormé and Bob Wells, sung by Paul McCartney:


Video by Paul McCartney

And sung by Mel Tormé and Judy Garland:


Video posted by theBestArts.com

“The Christmas Song,” was written by Tormé and Wells when then were 19 and 22 respectively. According to Tormé, it was written in about 45 minutes during a heat wave, sparked by an attempt by Wells to cool off by thinking winter thoughts. (This seems to be a not-uncommon trigger for the writing of Christmas songs, does it not?)

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May your days be merry and bright

We’re a bit short on snow in my part of the world right now, which is not unusual–it’s still on the early side for the white stuff. Of course, the following song‘s rarely-performed opening verse begins “The sun is shining, the grass is green.”

“White Christmas” by Irving Berlin, sung by The Three Tenors:


Video posted by congodfather. (I think the best bit is when the children’s choir joins in.)

Or, if you prefer, a 2008 cover by Jason:


Video posted by dare2dreamJC

The song was written for the Bing Crosby/Fred Astaire vehicle Holiday Inn and became an instant classic. Crosby’s version of “White Christmas” is the best selling record of all time, the single selling at least 50 million copies; when all the various covers are taken into account, the song is estimated to have sold over 150 million copies. This despite–or perhaps because of?–the fact that it’s not so much about Christmas itself as an ideal or dream of what a Christmas should be.

[NOTE: Since the Crosby’s single was released before singles charts were a thing, I’m going by the conclusions of the researchers at the Guiness Book of World Records.]

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