The BBHQ Christmas Collection is available only in December.
Christmas is in the air at BBHQ! In fact, it’s in the air, on the
screen, in our hearts, in our souls, all the way deep in our bones.
We’re big fans of Christmas, and we’re big believers! Some of
us are traditional Christians, some are Jews, and some are something
else. But we all share a love of Christmas and the Christmas spirit.
This is your “home page” for the BBHQ Christmas Collection.
Each story described below will open in a separate
tab/window when you click the title.
Traditions of Christmas
The most popular feature at BBHQ is our
Traditions of Christmas stories.
Each story focuses on one memorable aspect of the season. The
stories include pictures, lyrics, songs, and videos celebrating and
remembering the special times of Christmas in a boomer’s life. These
stories and both timeless and priceless. Here is an overview of the
Traditions of Christmas stories. The
headline includes a link to each story.
|The Christmas Tree simple family traditions |
Remember when the Christmas tree lights were wired in series, and if one
light burned out the whole line went? It was my sister’s and my job
to test them thoroughly before we put them on the tree. Each line had to
pass my father’s inspection before we could proceed. And whenever a
line went out during the season, whatever we were doing at the time...
had to stop. The Christmas lights must be working properly.
|Remembrance... and Friends wonderful memories that last a lifetime ||
Mrs. Bonacker would always open the door to greet us. They had a string of bells on their front door that played what sounded like a Christmas chord when she opened and closed the door. I guess that they took them down after Christmas; but every time I was there, from the snow covered driveway just to the right of their house, the unmistakable bells on the door were the first things I heard. If I close my eyes, I can hear them even now. Mrs. Bonacker wore a red, Christmas apron, and there was the smell of baked ham and cookies throughout the house. She could have played the part of Mrs. Claus in the Christmas play; she was perfect.
|The Christmas Tree Farm the business of Christmas tree as a warm, family tradition ||
Uncle Bob and Aunt Mickey had a small RV. The weekend after Thanksgiving,
they drove to Detroit and set up “camp” in the parking lot of
a large shopping center, where the trees had been delivered. For the next
month, they got up every morning and prepared the trees for sale to lucky
Detroit customers. Our trees were large, fresh, healthy, green, and... as
Uncle Bob said, “content.” “If Carnation’s cows
are content, then our trees can be content, too.” As well they
should have been. They had been treated with loving care all their
|Sing-Along at Christmas sing-along songs, then and now ||
So, as a young boomer, whether you could carry a tune, you probably sang
Christmas carols. As adults, we often tuned up with a little spiked egg
nog. That always made us sing better... or so it seemed. But it was not
the singing that made the event so special. It was not even the wonderful
songs. It was sharing those magical, irreplaceable moments with family,
friends, and neighbors. It is another wonderful Christmas tradition!
|Boomer-era Christmas Hit Parade & Quiz the best songs from the best times ||
I have collected audio clips from 23 of the best Christmas songs of our
lives. They come from the boomer years, the times in which we grew up.
Instantly, when you hear them, they strike a chord in your memory. You
remember where you were when you first heard the song, who you were
dating, and how you felt. This is nostalgia wrapped in a quiz. And at
Christmastime, it is especially warm and wonderful.
The Boomer-Era Christmas Hit Parade Quiz
23 Great Boomer-Era Christmas Songs
Name the singer or the artist or group performing each song.
|A Trans-Siberian Christmas the majesty of Trans-Siberian Orchestra ||
What makes TSO’s performance so special for me is that it includes
a piece of just about every type of music. There’s Beethoven,
Tchaikovsky, Pacabel, many traditional Christmas classics... and several
original hard rock songs. Their performance includes a heartwarming story
told by a wonderful baritone narrator, vocalists like you have never
heard before, and instrumentation beyond anything imaginable. TSO plays
them loud, soft, and... very loud — using electric guitars, keyboards,
and more drums than Tchaikovsky could ever imagine. The cannons of the
“1812 Overture” ain’t got nothing on TSO!
|The Christmas Story ||
“The Christmas story, the way it’s usually told the
‘God born a man in a manger,’ and all that – escapes
some moderns – Mostly, I think, because they seek complex answers
to their questions; and this one is so utterly simple. So, for the
cynics and the skeptics, and the unconvinced, I’d like to submit this
|The War on Christmas ||
The war on Christmas has been waged relentlessly by the powerful ACLU,
the Hollywood crowd, left-leaning media organizations, atheist groups,
and other ideologues with money and influence in the media and/or
government. You need to fight back... relentlessly, one person at a time,
from the bottom up.
The BBHQ Christmas Lyrics Collection
In December, the
BBHQ Lyrics Collection
includes lyrics to over 60 classic Christmas songs.
|A Cradle in Bethlehem - Nat Cole|
|Adeste Fideles - Traditional|
|And So this Is Christmas - John Lennon|
|Angels We Have Heard On High - Traditional|
|Auld Lang Syne - Traditional|
|Away in the Manger - Traditional|
|Blue Christmas - Traditional|
|(The) Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) - Nat King Cole|
|Carol of The Bells - Traditional|
|Caroling, Caroling - Traditional|
|Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep) - Bing Crosby/Eddie Fisher/Rosemary Clooney|
|Deck the Halls - Traditional|
|Do You Hear What I Hear? - Traditional|
|Feliz Navidad - Jose Feliciano|
|(The) First Noel - Traditional|
|Frosty the Snow Man - Traditional|
|Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer - Elmo and Patsy — NO! NO! NO!|
|God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Traditional|
|Hallelujah Chorus (from the Messiah) - Traditional|
|Happy Christmas (And So this is Christmas) - John Lennon|
|Hark! the Herald Angels Sing - Traditional|
|Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Traditional|
|Here Comes Santa Claus - Traditional|
|Here We Come A-Wassailing - Traditional|
|(The) Holly and the Ivy - Traditional|
|Holly Jolly Christmas - Traditional|
|Home For The Holidays - Traditional|
|I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day - Traditional|
|I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - Traditional|
|I Saw Three Ships - Traditional|
|I’ll Be Home For Christmas - Traditional|
|It Came Upon a Midnight Clear - Traditional||
|It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas - Traditional|
|It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year - Traditional|
|Jingle Bell Rock - Bobby Helms|
|Jingle Bells - Traditional|
|Joy to the World - Traditional|
|Let It Snow! - Traditional|
|(The) Little Drummer Boy - Harry Simeone Chorale|
|The Marvelous Toy - Peter, Paul & Mary|
|Merry Christmas Darling - Carpenters|
|Nuttin’ For Christmas - Traditional|
|Oh Christmas Tree - Traditional|
|Oh Come All Ye Faithful - Traditional|
|Oh Come Emmanuel - Traditional|
|Oh Holy Night - Traditional|
|Oh Little Town of Bethlehem - Traditional|
|Oh Tannenbaum - Traditional|
|Rocking Around the Christmas Tree - Traditional|
|Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - Traditional|
|Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Traditional|
|Silent Night - Traditional|
|Silver Bells - Traditional|
|Sleigh Ride - Traditional|
|Snoopy’s Christmas - Royal Guardsmen|
|Still, Still, Still - Traditional|
|(The) Twelve Days of Christmas - Traditional|
|(The) Twelve Gifts of Christmas - Alan Sherman|
|We Three Kings - Traditional|
|We Wish You A Merry Christmas - Traditional|
|What Child is This? - Traditional|
|White Christmas - Traditional|
|While Shepherds Watch Their Flocks - Traditional|
|Winter Wonderland - Traditional|
The Last Word
Regardless of what you believe, or if you believe, we hope you’ll share
the Christmas spirit!
Thanks for joining us today.
Merry Christmas to all!