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Duke Ellington and the
Great Christmas Secret

National Review Online, by Elizabeth Scalia

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Posted By:mitzi, 12/24/2013 8:37:00 PM

The story goes that if the legendary composer and orchestrator Duke Ellington had met you, and gotten his hands on your mailing address, you’d have gotten a Christmas card from him. It may not come at Christmas, but at some point during the year, his personally written and signed greetings would grace your mailbox. “Duke Ellington and I exchanged Christmas greetings each year,” wrote Joe Delaney of the Las Vegas Sun. “Mine were sent in mid-December. Duke sent his when the spirit moved him.” A reformed Ebenezer Scrooge may have pledged to “honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year,”

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This is a nice Christmas Eve article ...

The author, Elizabeth Scalia, also wrote one of the books I mentioned earlier: Strange Gods ...

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Jennie C., 12/24/2013 9:16:52 PM     (No. 9667122)

This is the second article I´ve read that complains about Christmas cards´ being pictures of the family, or just the kids.

I like these, and I keep them. They´re a year-by-year record of my extended family. We try to get together every 5 years or so, but the kids grow so much more quickly than that.

I have 3 sisters, 10 nieces and nephews, and 21 grandnieces and -nephews. Love seeing them grow up.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: sunchaser, 12/24/2013 9:23:07 PM     (No. 9667126)

If only everyone lived every day as if it was Christmas day...

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Reply 3 - Posted by: lostinmassachusetts, 12/24/2013 10:49:23 PM     (No. 9667172)

Having recently seen one of the most blatantly self-promotional videos on YouTube (a yuppie father, clad in "Christmas jammies", boasting of his family´s achievements and his purchase of a red Prius [what else] to match his holiday attire), I agree wholeheartedly with Ms Scalia about the emptiness and vanity of such Christmas greetings. There is, indeed, more to the season than soulish self-indulgence. Instead, it is a celebration of the coming of the Savior-Messiah, an event that is real and meaningful to His followers on this and every day of the year. Thank you, Ms Scalia, for this thoughtful reminder.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: MirJoy, 12/25/2013 7:08:19 AM     (No. 9667304)

"In the noise of the world..", it´s nice to read a piece like this early on Christmas morning. Merry Christmas!

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