(mods - put this wherever you think it should be, thanks) Music makes Christmas for me. Is anyone else attending or singing in a performance of Handels's Messiah? Over the last few years I've just shut down from the canned and really bad "X-masmuzak" at every store Mall-etc. I'm listening less and less to current music - i seem to be going back in time, more medieval and early liturgical music, chant and Russian Orthodox music. i like popular stuff too but none of it moves my heart. the really older music seems to stop time for me. Today was the rehearsal for the Community Messiah. The Choral Society forms the core - and anyone in the community can come, bring a score or pick up one of our extras and sit with each voice section. We do the Christmas parts and welcome everyone. Somehow it works and is truly beautiful. And today, for just a moment, i felt a tiny spark. The altos (my section) sit right behind 2 cellos in the small orchestra. They are so deep and rich - I almost missed entrances. Handel has been done and done but I never tire of this music. Other than the popular tunes(Santa Claus and the contemporary christian), what music makes Christmas for you? I'll start: Messiah, Stille Nacht (Silent Night sung acapella in German by candlelight) and the Play of Herod - a mystery play of the Nativity, probably first compiled and sung in 1000.