When I was 18 years old I had the opportunity to sing in a professional performance of this glorious work. It moved me deeply. Later I was honored to sing in another production. Two favorites I performed were "He Shall Feed His Flock" and "He was Despised." If you ever get a chance to see Tim Slover's marvelous play, "A Joyful Noise," I recommend it highly. This recounts the story behind Handel's masterpiece.
My parents took me to my first Nutcracker when I was 8 years old, the same year I started Ballet study with Rocky Spoelstra, one of Ballet West's (formerly Utah Civic Ballet) featured dancers. I fell in love with it! It became an annual tradition. And no company does it better than Ballet West!
This music is Christmas. In our home we refer to Karen Carpenter's voice as "The Angel Voice." My all-time favorite singer, hands down!
Every year we decorate our Christmas tree to the strains of this Donny Osmond CD. The minute we hear his voice the season has begun. An awesome collection. Love him!
The traditional Fry-pan Date Balls. I make them every Christmas. Sorry...you may not have this secret recipe:)
I started collecting Angel Ornaments when we were first married. Each year I add a new one to the tree. Usually I have my eye on one and pick it up at the after-Christmas sales. The past few years my sweet friend, Jan, has presented me with a Waterford Crystal Angel before Christmas. So lovely in the lights.
I got my first snow globe the year after we were married. A beautiful nativity scene. My collection had begun. I have actually run out of spaces to display them at Christmas.