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Old Carols are still very popular

It`s christmas-time and what is christmas without good old songs from Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, Bing Crosby, Dean Martin and Elvis Presley to name a few?

And what are they actually singing? It`s old songs!

The fist known Christmas hymns may be traced to fourth century Rome. Christmas carol is also called a Noel, from the French word meaning «Christmas», and carol is a song or hymn whose lyrics are on the theme of Christmas.


(Picture: Angels singing)


Silent Night (1818)
The words behind Silent Night is Josef Mohr. Music; Franz Xaver Gruber. I assume you have heard the song many times, and the song «Silent Night» was written in 1818. This is one of the world`s most popular Christmas carols and this song comes in several different translations from the German original.

It started out as a poem by the Austrian Catholic priest Father Josef Mohr in 1816. He made the song two years later in 1818. Josef Mohr was curate at the parish church of St Nicola in Oberndorf when he asked Franz Xaver Gruber (organist and local schoolteacher) to make some music to his words of Silent Night.

Silent Night was first performed at midnight mass on Christmas eve 1818 by Mohr and Gruber themselves. The song played a key role in the unofficial truce in the trenches in 1914 because it was one of the only carols that both British and German soldiers knew. The first English translation was in 1871.

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (1739 or earlier)
Charles Wesley wrote as many as 9,000 hymns and poems, and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing is one of his best known. Charles, (the brother of Methodist founder John Wesley), originally entitled the song Hark How All the Welkin Rings, and Welkin is an old word meaning sky or heaven.

God rest you merry, Gentlemen (Origin unknown)
This is one of the Victorians` favourites and this one is thought to have originated in London in the 16th or 17th centuries before running to several different versions with different tunes all over England.

Christmas carols were mostly a Victorian tradition along with trees, crackers and cards, and songs like The Holly and the Ivy reminds us of more ancient yuletides. Most carols are less than 200 years old, but Christmas was celebrated in song in the Middle Ages.

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen was first published in 1833 when it appeared in “Christmas Carols Ancient and Modern,” a collection of seasonal carols gathered by William B. Sandys. The lyrics of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen are traditional olde English and are reputed to date back to the 15th century although the author is unknown.
It is believed that this particular carol was sung to the gentry by town watchmen who earned additional money during the Christmas season. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen continues to be enjoyed. The lyrics to this simple carol are reputed to be one of the oldest carols, and goes like this;


(Picture: Jesus)


God rest ye merry, gentlemen
Let nothing you dismay
Remember, Christ, our Saviour
Was born on Christmas day
To save us all from Satan’s power
When we were gone astray
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

In Bethlehem, in Israel,
This blessed Babe was born
And laid within a manger
Upon this blessed morn
The which His Mother Mary
Did nothing take in scorn
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

From God our Heavenly Father
A blessed Angel came;
And unto certain Shepherds
Brought tidings of the same:
How that in Bethlehem was born
The Son of God by Name.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

“Fear not then,” said the Angel,
“Let nothing you affright,
This day is born a Saviour
Of a pure Virgin bright,
To free all those who trust in Him
From Satan’s power and might.”
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy


(Picture: Satan)


The shepherds at those tidings
Rejoiced much in mind,
And left their flocks a-feeding
In tempest, storm and wind:
And went to Bethlehem straightway
The Son of God to find.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

And when they came to Bethlehem
Where our dear Saviour lay,
They found Him in a manger,
Where oxen feed on hay;
His Mother Mary kneeling down,
Unto the Lord did pray.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

Now to the Lord sing praises,
All you within this place,
And with true love and brotherhood
Each other now embrace;
This holy tide of Christmas
All other doth deface.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

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Christmas is a state of mind


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by | December 23, 2015 · 11:00 am

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world


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by | December 22, 2015 · 11:00 am

Cyber Monday Sales

More sales to Amazone and Ebay. Not only Thanksgiving and Black Friday is increasing their revenue. Cyber Monday Sales is coming on top of that. What`s next? Consumer Confidence is falling, but online shopping is taking off!

Web sales is projecting to climb 15% this holiday season, while retail sales is growing only 3,9%. This is three times faster than the retail sales. Cyber Monday has historically been the single biggest shopping day of the year so far for U.S retailers, but this is not the reality anymore as the web shops continue to gain share.

Shopping on tablets and smartphones increased twice as fast in the third quarter as desktop online spending, according to ComScore. Thanksgiving have shown that tablets are more popular for purchases, while mobile phones are preferred for browsing.

This is good news for FedEx, Ups, DHL and U.S Postal Services. As the online shopping increase, the amount of packages, revenue and work for the shipping companies will also increase. Amazone and Ebay are big, but there is someone out there that is much much bigger and they are not on the stock exchange yet. I will write about them later.

Investors and money makers are now waiting for December 18.


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Consumer Spending

«There is only one side to the market.

Not the bull side or the bear side, but the RIGHT side».

Jesse Livermore

Another record high for the DOW yesterday, and Nasdaq topped 4,000 for the first time in 13 years.

Nasdaq closed at 3,994,573. Earlier it touched an intraday high at 4,007,093. The Dow ended at 16,072,54. S&P 500 dipped 2,28% and closed at 1,802,48.

It was not a good day for social media stocks yesterday. Twitter was down 4,7% and are now trading at $39,06. Facebook is down 3,1% and are breaking down from a technical support at $45,80. Facebook is now trading at $44,82. Yelp slid 6,7% and are now trading at $58,20.

Many investors are scared and expect a pullback, but the stock market can still go higher. The Dow has increased seven weeks in a row now, and S&P 500 is up 26,4% for the year. Investors continue to turn their back on gold and they expect the gold price to decline to $1,180 and that is its three year low.

Investors follow U.S data reports closely to gauge if they will strengthen or weaken the case for the Fed to start tapering in December. Gold prices are sliding down on concerns the Fed would start tapering its 85 billion a month asset-purchase program in December. So do the Silver prices, but Copper is up 1,33% on the week.

The precious metal turned bearish after the Fed`s minutes meeting. Fed said they will start tapering if the economy continues to improve as expected. Consumer confidence will be an important number to follow today. A level below 70 starts to be critical.

It is a shopping week now. Black Friday is the friday following Thanksgiving Day in the United States and this is usually the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. Shops opens earlier than scheduled, and this has been the busiest shopping day of the year since 2005.

Consumer confidence fell to 72,0 in November and that is its lowest since December 2011. The economists expected 74,5 this month so this was a surprise for them all. Forecast for the consumer confidence later today is 72,2 (previous 71,2). I will follow this later today (10.00am EST).

News today: Building permits and housing starts at 8.30am, CB Consumer confidence at 10.00am.


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