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Bill Kirby: What's your favorite Christmas song?

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I heard the bells on Christmas Day

Their old, familiar carols play.

– Henry W. Longfellow

Keep your ears open this weekend and you’ll probably hear a lot of Christmas music: Radio stations, stores and, of course, at church.

That’s why I want to know what you consider the best Christmas song.

I find that my own tastes seem to change year after year.

I remember as a 12-year-old liking What Child Is This? so much that I would carefully try to copy the music notes on a church bulletin when I should have been listening to the sermon.

These days, I don’t think about that old English Greensleeves melody so much, because others have taken its place.

What’s your favorite, hymn, hum, carol or caterwaul?

We’ll have a contest, just like last year, and see what gets the most votes. Send me an e-mail, so I can keep count.

HOLIDAY TRADITIONS: Don’t forget to share your holiday traditions, too.

I’ve heard from a lot of you, and some – such as Kathleen Morton’s pizza tale – are unique.

The e-mail address is at the bottom, and I hope to share your traditions in the weeks ahead.

HELPING OTHERS: There is still time to give to The Augusta Chronicle’s annual Empty Stocking Fund. Make a child happy this Christmas. If your group wants to formally present the check, give me a call. I’ll bring my Santa cap.

FLOWERS: Evans High is still selling poinsettias. Help the horticulture students and brighten your home with one gesture. Call the school at (706) 863-1198 to give them an order. I’ve bought a bunch, and they’re really, really red.

FRIENDS ARE TRAVELING: Johnny and Kay Shaw sent a postcard fron Salina, Kan., where they visited kids and grandkids.

And my good friends in Washington, Ga., Buddy and Alice Lindsey, sent a card from St. Simons Island, where they are “having a great time on a winter break.”

TODAY’S JOKE: Everett Fernandez shares this one:

When the computer printer’s type began to grow faint, a man called a repair shop where a friendly clerk informed him that the printer probably needed only to be cleaned.

Because the store charged $50 for such cleanings, he said the customer might be better off reading the printer’s manual and trying the job himself.

Pleasantly surprised by his candor, the customer asked, “Does your boss know that you discourage business?”

“Actually it’s my boss’s idea,” the employee replied sheepishly. “We usually make more money on repairs if we let people try to fix things themselves first.”

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Austin Rhodes
Austin Rhodes 12/09/11 - 11:24 am
My favorite CAROL (L)

My favorite CAROL (L) ?

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