The Evolution of Angels

As a child, I enjoyed seeing this type of angel appear every December:

snow angelBut now, as an adult gay man, I LIVE for this type of angel appearance every December:

behati-prinsloo-131438_w1000The divine being pictured above is super model Behati Prinsloo. In addition to being obscenely beautiful – and having a super cool name – she is also a Victoria’s Secret angel AND is engaged to Adam Levine of Maroon 5.

Not too bad, eh?

The yearly Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show has become as much a part of our annual holiday traditions as A Charlie Brown Christmas, or the movie Holiday Inn. We watch the angels every year and, to be honest, they are so unbelievably beautiful – their figures, those outfits, the wings, OMG, the WINGS! – that I frequently mist up and almost cry. These ladies are unworldly in their beauty (that’s coming from a guy that has been “a gay” his entire life).

I don’t want to sleep with any of them; I do, however, want to be their best friend.

I had another extremely long day today. Between overwhelming work and some personal matters (all good things), every day is about five hours too short. In fact, I wasn’t even aware tonight was the show and, to be honest, I still haven’t seen it. All of it. The day was too short.

I did, however, cheat and watch the final “walk” with Taylor Swift performing. Like a child on Christmas Eve, I couldn’t wait. The finale took my breath away. The angels did NOT disappoint; I cannot WAIT to see the entire show…

“In my dreams they come to me, Angels of Light with broad white wings…”

Thank You, Charlie Brown and Vince Guaraldi

I know I have posted many times in the past about my love of music, and how certain music can instantly transport me to special places and moments from my life. That is especially true this time of year – no other music connects with me like “holiday music” does. And if there ever were a soundtrack to a holiday, it is certainly this one:

Charlie Brown Christmas albumclick image above to hear “Christmastime is Here” by the Vince Guaraldi Trio  

As children, my little brother, little sister and I eagerly awaited this annual holiday special on TV – I can still see us all in a row, sprawled on the floor in front of the TV, waiting for Charlie Brown to uncover the true meaning of Christmas. This animated special is as much a part of MY Christmas traditions as the baby Jesus in a manger (no disrespect intended). It is music that defines a holiday, and the season, for me. Whenever I hear this music, I feel happy and excited and loved. That’s how Christmas “feels” to me – joyful, full of happiness and love.

I’m not totally sure, but I seem to remember reading/hearing that this was the top-selling Christmas album of all time. I can believe it – I myself have it on two CD’s and cassette (I know!)

This TV special soundtrack introduced me to one of my all-time, FAVORITE holiday songs – “Skating” by Vince Guaraldi…

Charlie Brown skating scene click image above to hear “Skating” by the Vince Guaraldi Trio  

So yeah, while there are no angels on high or shepherds jubilee-ing, no trio of ships sailing in or even a drummer boy rum-pum-pum-pumming, these are the songs that are Christmas to me. I cannot imagine anyone not having seen this special but, if you haven’t, PLEASE watch it and listen… You will be happy you did!

charlie brown linus christmasTo enjoy the ENTIRE “A Charlie Brown Christmas” by the Vince Guaraldi Trio, please click image above