The trees lining the streets of downtown Falls Church, Virginia, U.S.A., are sparkling at night this season.
This recording of Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht (Silent Night, Holy Night) was digitally transferred from a German record album, now out-of-print, circa 1960. That record was played often during the Christmas season, in Germany, in the Cizauskas household. The scratches can attest to that.
That "Su Šventomis Kalėdomis," above? Lithuanian "Merry Christmas."
It's three nations represented here, but with the wish that all world citizens might enjoy a sleep in heavenly peace. From the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
And, a wish for all my readers: that after a long winter's nap tonight, each might find, tomorrow morning, a Christmas beer in their stocking, hung with care.