Music:  There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays

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Beauty Everywhere
Snowflakes in the air,
Carols everywhere;
Olden times and ancient rhymes
Of love and dreams to share.

Sleigh bells in the air,
Beauty everywhere;
Yuletide by the fireside
And joyful memories there.

Christmas time is here,
We’ll be drawing near.
Oh, that we could always see
Such spirit through the year.

-- Vince Guaraldi, 'A Charlie Brown Christmas'
I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

And in despair I bowed my head:
“There is no peace on earth,” I said,
“For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.”

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor doth he sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With peace on earth, good will to men.”

Till, ringing singing, on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime,
Of peace on earth, good will to men!

-- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Have yourself a merry little Christmas,
let your heart be light.
From now on,
our troubles will be out of sight

Here we are as in olden days,
happy golden days of yore.
Faithful friends who are dear to us
gather near to us once more.

Through the years, we all will be together,
if the Fates allow.
Hang a shining star upon the highest bough,
and have yourself a merry little Christmas now.

-- Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane