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By Request, ‘The Holly and the Ivy’

Phoebe asked for this one, The Holly and the Ivy, by the Robert Shaw Chorale. This was supposed to have lyrics, but I can’t find any. I think the little girl in the picture must have put them away somewhere, trying to be helpful.

Our Christmas Carol Contest continues!


By Request, ‘Hark the Herald Angels Sing’

Phoebe requested Hark the Herald Angels Sing, so here it is–from the Kings College Choir, at Cambridge.

The Christmas Carol Contest continues! So far the leading carol got 24 views the day it was posted. Remember, you can enter as often as you like. It’s part of our celebration of our Savior’s birth.


Let the Contest Begin!

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G’day! Byron the Quokka here. Look at the neat tennis ball I found! Some careless human lost it, they must think these things grow on trees.

Ah! But I’m here to officially open our Second Annual Christmas Carol Contest, beginning–today!

Here’s the rules. The winner is that reader who requests a Christmas carol and, on the day it’s requested and posted, racks up the most views. So if, say, on Dec. 14, Reader A requests “Pat-a-Pan” and gets 24 views for it on that day; but on Dec. 17, Reader B requests “Noel” and gets 29 views for it on that day–well, Reader B would be the winner, unless someone else comes along and does even better.

I think the winner ought to get a tennis ball, I love the way you can pull the hair off them–the tennis balls, not the winner–but I think the prize will be an autographed book.

A Handy Tip: If you’re in one of those Western time zones, try to get your carol request posted early in your day–because those blokes in the Eastern time zones are three hours ahead of you, and they’ll be going to bed while you’re still up. Just trying to level the playing field, dontcha know.


Announcing Our Christmas Carol Contest

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G’day! Byron the Quokka here… and I’m not quite sure why I’m here today. Let me just collect my thoughts.

Oh! Right! Our 2019 Second Annual Christmas Carol Contest! That’s why Lee posted that picture of our Quokka Christmas tree ornament. It’s a reminder that God’s whole creation, including quokkas, is saved by Jesus Christ.

Anyway, the contest starts the day after Thanksgiving and the winner, when the smoke clears, wins an autographed book. Last year’s winner was TheWhiteRabbit. This year–well, it could be you!

Here’s how it works. We post Christmas carols each day, all the carols requested by readers; and the one whose carol got the most views, on the day it was requested and posted, is the winner. So simple, a kangaroo could understand it.

Now isn’t that more fun than nooze?


Byron’s on the Job

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G’day! Byron the Quokka here.

Well, the prizes for the last two contests have been mailed out today, to Dave and Ina, and now I’m supposed to bend my efforts to collecting birthdays so we can post readers’ birthday greetings throughout the year. So far we’ve only got 11–must be a lot of shy humans out there.

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Right after Thanksgiving it’ll be my job to get our Second Annual Christmas Carol Contest rolling–and maybe another comment contest, if there’s enough excitement here to generate one.

What’s that? I’m supposed to generate excitement?

Off goes the party hat, on goes the thinking cap…


A Contest to See What Kind of Contest?

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G’day, Byron here–with a bright red extra-large Quokka T-shirt that needs to be a prize in a contest on this blog, except we’ve run out of contests!

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We still can’t get a picture of the red quokka shirt, which is just like this one only red.  Lee tried, but the picture came out so small, you couldn’t tell what it was.

Well, we need another contest, and I suggested, “How about a contest to decide what kind of contest we should have?” You should’ve seen the look he gave me! Like I’d just dumped a bucket of fish-water on his head.

“Maybe I’ll save it for the Christmas carol contest,” he says. At this point I judged it best to leave him alone.


Can I Go Play Now?

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All right! The laundry’s done, I’ve cranked out yet another Newswithviews column, I’ve updated this blog, and I’m pooped.

I want to have some fun! Somebody throw me a stick. I’ll bring it back, I promise. I would like to devise some way go attract more viewers, but how many contests can I run? We just finished the Christmas Carol Contest, and it’s too early for another comment contest.

I wonder if I ought to post one of my recipes for what my wife calls tasteless food.


And the Winner Is… ‘Magnificat’

“The White Rabbit” has won our first annual Christmas Carol Contest with Magnificat by Keith and Kristyn Getty. Posted in Dec. 19, this hymn got 27 views on that day.

Lyn, dear Linda Sorci’s daughter, wins a special prize for The Christmas Shoes (33 views, Nov. 27).

Meanwhile, Mr. Rabbit, you’re in line to receive an autographed copy of The Temptation when it comes out, which should be soon (no reason for it not to be–but what do I know?), so please email me your mailing address. I should still have it somewhere, from the last time you won a contest, but you should see this stack of paper here. Much easier if you just send it again.

If you’d prefer an earlier book in the series, that’s okay, too–just let me know.

Everybody, thanks for requesting so many hymns and making this contest a success.

And we are still taking requests for Christmas hymns, so please feel free!


By Inadvertent Request, ‘The Light Has Come Into the World’

In an email celebrating this Christmas Day, Phoebe said, “The light has come into the world!” and wondered if it could be the title of a hymn. As it turns out, it is! And here it is–The Light Has Come Into the World, sung by a mini-choir at the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church.

Meanwhile, our Christmas Carol Contest is still on, folks, albeit in its last day. Tomorrow I’ll announce the winner, who will receive an autographed copy of my new book, The Temptation, as soon as it comes off the press. So if you want to enter, today’s your last chance.

But we will continue to post Christmas hymn requests for as long as we keep getting them.


By Request, ‘The First Noel’

Requested by Phoebe, The First Noel–and I thought Bing Crosby would be just the ticket.

Let’s keep the hymns coming, everybody. Tomorrow’s the last day of the contest! Which does not mean we have to stop posting Christmas music. Hey, I’ve been known to post it in August…


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