Joyful Christmas Sounds and Sites

It is a time of lights, yes, but also of sounds—sounds that flood in to reassure and delight. Outdoors, bells ringing in church steeples and in the hands of Volunteers of America Santas, organ music at skating rinks, the slash of sharp blades on crisp ice. At home, crackling fires and, if it has snowed, the stamping of feet as friends come in from the cold. Much later, out of the silent indoor darkness, the unmistakable soft tinkle and pop when an ornament falls off the tree. Above all, there is the joyous sound...

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