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Christmas Songs – Silver Bells lyrics

Christmas makes you feel emotional
It may bring parties or thoughts devotional
Whatever happens or what may be,
Here is what Christmas time means to me.

City sidewalk, busy sidewalks
Dressed in holiday style.
In the air there's
A feeling of Christmas.

Children laughing, people passing,
Meeting smile after smile,
And on every street corner you'll hear:

Silver bells, silver bells,
It's Christmas time in the city.
Ring-a-ling, hear them ring,
Soon it will be Christmas day.

City street lights,
Even stop lights,
Blink a bright red and green,
As the shoppers rush home
With their treasures.

Hear the snow crunch,
See the kids bunch,
This is Santa's big scene,
And above all this bustle you'll hear:

Silver bells, silver bells,
It's Christmas time in the city.
Ring-a-ling, hear them ring,
Soon it will be Christmas day.

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    Picture a Christmas Eve where the snow has stopped falling but the ground is generously covered. The family is back from church but it's not yet time for dinner. The house smells of the roasting turkey, so much so that your mouth waters from the first whiff coming in the door. There are no televisions or cell phones around or on to detract from the ambience. The lights are soft; dozens of candles lit. There's After Eights and Planters' Mixed Nuts on a table in the living room for munching. Soft Christmas music is playing, loud enough to be heard but not intrusive on conversation. From the kitchen, you hear clattering and water bubbling merrily, the sounds of a delicious supper nearly done and soon to be devoured. You peer around the corner of the door and there is your mother, all done up in her Christmas finery, with an apron on to protect her beautiful dress. She's busy and moving quickly, wanting everything to be perfect. Her lips are moving. She's singing quietly to the music. Until this song comes on. Her voice swells at the chorus and she sounds uplifted and melancholy all at the same time. Her voice is lovely. Every year, you've heard her sing this song and every year you stop whatever it is you're doing to listen. This is the Christmas song you associate with your mother. Now, every Christmas comes and you hear this song again. Except now, you don't get to spend it with her. You don't get to hear her sing it. And, now, it breaks your heart.
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