Let’s Have a “Blue Christmas”

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No, not a sad Christmas … a celebratory one with some color-coded memories 😉

Your Christmas Tree tradition probably calls for an angel on top of your tree. So does ours, but our newest “angel” is “blue” … a scale model of a Blue Angels performance F/A-18 Hornet, built by the Girls and decorated for the holiday season!

Our family saw the US Navy Blue Angels perform during our Fall Break trip to San Diego in October. We spent a day at the annual Air Show at MCAS Miramar, and it was an amazing new experience for us.

And if you use your imagination, quite a few of the Blue Angels’ acrobatic formations look a little bit like a Christmas tree.

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DSC05653The holiday song “Blue Christmas” was first recorded in 1948, and was famously performed by Elvis Presley in 1957. It is part of the Elvis Christmas Album, which remains the biggest selling Christmas album of all-time in the US. We’ve added the album to our collection, too!

Coincidentally, Elvis Presley entered our family playlist this year, thanks to the Girls seeing an Elvis impersonator perform in Maui with their grandparents.

Blue Christmas is also the song that saves everyone from The Year Without a Santa Claus. On the verge of a well-earned (and kid-approved) vacation, Santa gets a letter with these lyrics, inspiring him to take to his sleigh, just in time.

Blue Christmas” (or “Longest Night”) is also the name for the longest night of the year during the Christian Advent season.

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Separately — for those of you keeping score at home — we have added the two San Diego Missions to the Carol of the [Mission] Bells garland from 2013. We hope to finish our Mission Mission with our final 5 visits during in the summer of 2015.


Past Christmas Carol gifts:

2013: Carol of the [Mission] Bells
2012: Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
2011: Most Wonderful Day of the Year
2010: O Tanenbaum
2009: Frosty the Snowman
2008: The Race That Long in Darkness Pined
2007: Away in a Manger
2006: Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!
2005: What Child is This?
2004: I Saw three Ships
2003: One-Horse Open Sleigh (Jingle Bells)
2002: A Sweetie Goose in a Pear Tree (12 Days of Christmas)