Here’s hoping ‘Messiah’ puts you in the holiday spirit
by Laura Armstrong
MDJ Columnist
November 29, 2010 03:22 PM | 2209 views | 3 3 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
I was sort of in the dumps on Saturday night, with weeks to go until my Marine comes home from Afghanistan after almost a year away. Thanksgiving was passable at best, and Christmas without him promises to be busy but what can you say? You simply miss the ones you love, especially knowing they’re having to celebrate for the umpteenth time in an armpit nation, unable to even have a cold beer or a very warm shower.

Then my friend Scott Chadwick sent me this link to a You Tube video of a flash mob, a group of singers who sur-prised shoppers at a mall food court re-cently, not with some funky dance thing (which we see often in college dining halls) but with a magnificent rendition of the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah.

I used to sing alto, a long time ago, and one of the things I miss the most around this time of year is singing this piece. This video put me back into great spirits, bringing tears to my eyes in a good way. I especially thought those who stood, appropriately (the tradition was said to have started at the London premier of Messiah when King George II stood during the entire Hallelujah Chorus, upon which the entire audience stood). The lucky patrons of this food court who were able to join this flash mob must’ve been in shopper heaven this day.

Here is the link to the video. I hope you’ll take a moment to watch, especially if you’re a music lover. It really puts you in the holiday spirit.

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Gloria Shurette
December 08, 2010
I have 2 Grandsons over in Afghanistan and a Grandson-In-Law. This year only the children in our family and our MARINES are receiving gifts. Semper Fi. A very very proud Grandmother.
Ooh Rah Mom
December 03, 2010
Laura, may God bless your Marine and keep him safe! Here, here, well said, Mister Bill!
December 01, 2010
Laura, I saw the video. I was taken back years to the days hen Christmas was unassailed by progressives and the simple things of life were so enjoyable.

I refuse to believe folks like us are in the minority. I think the naysayers are in the minority and make the most noise. A small number of people are holding America prisoner.

May God bring your Marine home safely. May He bring all our boys and girls home safely.

May the New Year bring us a wiser Congress whose aim is to protect America from all enemies, both from without and within and who will uphold the oath that they take.
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