Handel’s Christmas (12 guitars!)

About the video:

Merry Christmas everyone! (And a Happy New Year.)

The two pieces of music used in this video—Joy to the World & the Hallelujah Chorus—are technically not Christmas songs. You see, in both pieces of music the theme is Jesus’ second coming and his subsequent rule. It doesn’t really focus on God becoming flesh, and the whole manger scene.

However, both pieces of music have come to be known as Christmas songs. So, we figured that if George Frideric Handel was alive, and had Christmas sorta like we do today, this might be the musical backdrop to his Christmas cocktail party. Of course, he would most likely have used a harpsichord, violin, viola, or cello…but the guitar is superior to those instruments anyway!!!

There were over 50 shots for this video, and either 12 (or more!) guitar parts in the arrangement.

This video was shot in two locations. (First video like that for us.) Since we were running out of time to film, we used a living room for the main ‘musical’ shoots. It took us hours to tear down the living room and rebuild a stunning Christmas set! But it worked splendidly in the end.

The second location used is The Pittsburgh Creche, which is located in downtown Pittsburgh right outside of the US Steel Plaza at 600 Grant Street. We used the Pittsburgh Light Rail (The T) to reach town. On the way back, we were almost stranded! I’m sure Tony wouldn’t agree with me, though.

The Creche itself is rather impressive to behold. It’s 64 feet wide, 42 feet high, and 36 feet deep. And it weighs somewhere around 66,000 pounds. Twenty life-size nativity figures (including animals!) are used. Interestingly enough, The Pittsburgh Creche is the world’s only replica of the Vatican’s own creche, which is located in Rome in St. Peter’s Square.

In the video, we used The Pittsburgh Creche almost as a transport to the music. The music is what that funny looking fellow in the black coat begins to imagine as he watches and wonders at The Pittsburgh Creche.

Also, big thanks to Wes Hileman—audio technician at The Bible Chapel, awesome teacher, and all-around great guy—for mastering the audio track for us. It was soooo much better. Thanks, my man!

Thanks for watching! And, again, Merry Christmas!

~ Vince Carrola

Joy to the World by George Frideric Handel
Hallelujah Chorus by George Frideric Handel
Music arrangement by Vince Carrola
Recorded & Mixed at Studio VC
Mastered by Wes Hileman
Videography & Shots by Anthony Carrola
Video film edited by Anthony & Vince Carrola


192 Responses to “Handel’s Christmas (12 guitars!)”

  1. 1 erinkenobi2893 January 30, 2015 at 18:03

    cool! :-D

    • 2 Professor VJ Duke January 30, 2015 at 21:55


      • 3 erinkenobi2893 January 31, 2015 at 13:17

        Ouch… I stepped on a belt buckle last night. It was so bad I could scarcely walk… or sleep.

      • 4 Professor VJ Duke February 1, 2015 at 19:49

        Oh dear no! Is it better now?

      • 5 erinkenobi2893 February 1, 2015 at 19:50

        A bit, I think. It’s bruised and then but it’s stopped bleeding, so that’s good. It still hurts though.

      • 6 Professor VJ Duke February 1, 2015 at 19:51

        I imagine it’s really tough to walk on!

      • 7 erinkenobi2893 February 1, 2015 at 23:02

        It does. It hurts.

      • 8 Professor VJ Duke February 2, 2015 at 22:37

        Hope it feels better real soon!

      • 9 erinkenobi2893 February 3, 2015 at 12:20

        So do I…

  2. 10 Heartafire January 12, 2015 at 16:08

    O, this is incredibly beautiful!

    • 11 Professor VJ Duke January 12, 2015 at 20:17

      Thanks bunches! Did you like it really? *big professorish eyes*

      • 12 Heartafire January 12, 2015 at 20:32

        rofl, yes I did, I really did!!

      • 13 Professor VJ Duke January 13, 2015 at 12:45

        *bows a few more times* I really do appreciate it. Twas fun to make.

  3. 14 ForeignFilmFan January 4, 2015 at 00:01

    FEF ordered me to watch this. Excellent! I’m green with envy and light blue with admiration.

    • 15 Professor VJ Duke January 4, 2015 at 20:18

      Hi FFF! *bows* I do appreciate it. *laughs* Love how you put things the sudden…

  4. 16 sonmi upon the Cloud December 31, 2014 at 21:11

    And a very Happy New Year to you and all your fine folks in The Punchy Lands from myself and the Cloud.

    – sonmi letting off fireworks upon the Cloud

    • 17 Professor VJ Duke January 1, 2015 at 20:44

      You too! Is there a storm coming up there, Sonmi?

      • 18 sonmi upon the Cloud January 1, 2015 at 21:02

        Yes. I am battening down the hatches and steeling myself for the west wind and his cronies, who are wild buggers at the best of times, but also related to the Cloud, so you have to be polite too.

        – sonmi upon the Cloud.

      • 19 Professor VJ Duke January 2, 2015 at 19:29

        *laughs* You don’t swear at them at all, then?

  5. 20 Nancy Loderick December 24, 2014 at 20:03

    Hi Professor,

    Great video! I am sitting here on the afternoon of Christmas Eve, watching the rain fall. This is just the thing to get me into the Christmas spirit!

    A very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year to you!


    • 21 Professor VJ Duke December 26, 2014 at 15:40

      All back at you! Rats. It should be snow! It rained here too…just say “rats” a few times.

  6. 22 TheCrazyBagLady December 24, 2014 at 10:06

    Wishing you a merry christmas and a happy new new year. Joy to the world and don’t forget to leave Santa a bottle of whiskey….;p

    • 23 Professor VJ Duke December 26, 2014 at 15:39

      *bows* To you too! *laughing lots* But is he allowed to drive drunk?

      • 24 TheCrazyBagLady December 26, 2014 at 15:57

        Never drink n drive! Catch a cab :)

      • 25 Professor VJ Duke December 27, 2014 at 14:45

        Very good point! Can you have pizza and drive, though?

      • 26 TheCrazyBagLady December 27, 2014 at 21:24

        You can have have pizza and drive as long as you shove the whole piece in your mouth :)

      • 27 Professor VJ Duke December 28, 2014 at 20:43

        *laughing* It’s too dadblame hot!

      • 28 TheCrazyBagLady December 29, 2014 at 05:57

        Ahhh it’s just easier to get a cab ;p

      • 29 Professor VJ Duke December 29, 2014 at 21:55

        Do you know, I’ve never got one?

      • 30 TheCrazyBagLady December 30, 2014 at 16:11

        Pay a friend to drive you. Baby steps

      • 31 Professor VJ Duke December 31, 2014 at 02:05

        *laughing lots* Hey! The professor is a thug, you know!

      • 32 TheCrazyBagLady December 31, 2014 at 03:41

        Ok so that’s even better. Force your friend to do it

      • 33 Professor VJ Duke January 1, 2015 at 20:38

        *laughs again* But I’m a nice thug!

      • 34 TheCrazyBagLady January 2, 2015 at 00:32

        Big hugs to you for being a nice thug

      • 35 Professor VJ Duke January 2, 2015 at 19:30

        Thank you! (Hey, do you suppose a nice thug still carries a knife of some sort?)

      • 36 TheCrazyBagLady January 3, 2015 at 02:54

        Possibly a toy one ♡

      • 37 Professor VJ Duke January 3, 2015 at 22:17

        Aw, have a heart! Can’t I carry a real one?

      • 38 TheCrazyBagLady January 4, 2015 at 03:33

        Maybe a neon orange toy water water pistol would be fun

      • 39 Professor VJ Duke January 4, 2015 at 20:19

        Oh come on! Be fair with this poor professor!

      • 40 TheCrazyBagLady January 5, 2015 at 00:23

        Haha I’m running out options for you x

      • 41 Professor VJ Duke January 5, 2015 at 11:36

        But can’t I just have a ka-bar?

      • 42 TheCrazyBagLady January 5, 2015 at 18:29

        My phone screen is so small I read this as ka bra hahahhaa

      • 43 Professor VJ Duke January 5, 2015 at 22:28

        *laughs and tries not to* Rats and a Heifer! Now…that really does ruin my warrior image, doesn’t it?

  7. 44 Catherine December 22, 2014 at 03:46

    This is amazing! I love it. Also Merry Christmas to everyone!

    • 45 Professor VJ Duke December 23, 2014 at 18:59

      Thank you! Merry Christmas Catherine!

  8. 46 Hazy December 21, 2014 at 15:20

    Fantastic job, Vince! Arrangement is very well done yet again. Keep up the good work and playing wonderful music. (The fireplace area looks quite cozy!)

    A Merry Christmas to you and yours! Stay warm. Cheers! *highfives all around*

    • 47 Professor VJ Duke December 21, 2014 at 23:24

      *bows* Many, many thanks! (It was quite cozy. And it stank a bit, you know.)

      *highfive* We will try to stay warm! You stay cool!

      • 48 Hazy December 26, 2014 at 01:25

        Maybe you should’ve brought an air freshener or something *laughs*

      • 49 Professor VJ Duke December 26, 2014 at 15:47

        *laughs* But it was a smoky stink!

      • 50 Hazy January 1, 2015 at 11:16

        Now that got me thinking of smoked salmon! But that isn’t stinky, I think. My train of thoughts is weird and food-ish. *laughs*

      • 51 Professor VJ Duke January 1, 2015 at 20:45

        Mine too. I think. Smoked salmon is very, very good!

      • 52 Hazy January 2, 2015 at 11:19

        *nods nods* yum! And anything smoked kinda tastes good, I think.

      • 53 Professor VJ Duke January 2, 2015 at 19:38

        Very good point, Hazy.

  9. 54 Susan P December 21, 2014 at 13:37

    My word! The things I missed on Friday when I was out and about. And yesterday.

    I love this. Merry Christmas, Professor and the best of the New Year. You make me smile and laugh. That is a gift you give all year round.

    • 55 Professor VJ Duke December 21, 2014 at 23:20

      Were you busy shopping?

      Thanks, Susan! The professor does really, really appreciate it. And you give it right back to me. You have a great Christmas and New Year as well! (Remember to pull for the Pats.)

      • 56 Susan P December 22, 2014 at 13:13

        Well, when school is in, I babysit my lovely Lily Jeanne. This past Friday I had to go fetch my sister from rehab. Saturday was making cookies with both of the little princesses and their mommies. Actually, I mostly played the interested observer. We were at Bethy’s house. I am all done my shopping,

        Pulling for the Pats!!!!

      • 57 Professor VJ Duke December 23, 2014 at 19:04

        Good for you–shopping wise, I mean. Wow. That sounds like a great and fun family time, I’d say. And cookies are just awesome.

        Thanks! Yeah!

      • 58 Susan P December 23, 2014 at 20:55

        The cookies are good!

      • 59 Professor VJ Duke December 26, 2014 at 15:37

        I bet they’re fabulous!

      • 60 Susan P December 26, 2014 at 21:39

        Well. Pretty good anyway.

      • 61 Professor VJ Duke December 27, 2014 at 14:51

        I’m hungry–the sudden.

      • 62 Susan P December 27, 2014 at 16:54

        “Hands the Professor a cookie”

      • 63 Professor VJ Duke December 28, 2014 at 20:42

        Thanks! I’ve needed one.

  10. 64 walt walker December 21, 2014 at 04:12

    I’d like to see a wah wah pedal in the next one.

    • 65 Professor VJ Duke December 21, 2014 at 23:18

      *laughs* And the other battleaxe?

      • 66 walt walker December 22, 2014 at 00:49

        And you should smash it at the end.

      • 67 Professor VJ Duke December 23, 2014 at 18:59

        Like the Who…but how wasteful!

  11. 68 desertdweller29 December 20, 2014 at 20:09

    Love it, Professor! You’re a true and fabulous musician! It got me in the Christmas spirit, even though that wasn’t the original intention of the score, theme-wise at least. And you look dashing! (However, I must admit, I would have dressed you in a bad Christmas sweater. A hideous one that lights up. …But that’s because I have a wicked streak.) Merry Christmas to you and your crew!

    • 69 Professor VJ Duke December 21, 2014 at 23:08

      *bows* So many thanks! Glad I got you in the Christmas spirit. I bet it was the Joy to the World that did it! *smiles bigly* Dashing? Nah! An ugly Christmas sweater… *laughing* It’s good to have a wicked streak. Maybe a sweater with a moose on it, too? Merry Christmas!

  12. 70 Simply Skeptical December 20, 2014 at 00:07

    Whoa! and double Whoa! Beautiful and touching to the soul. Thank you for sharing your creativity and gifts. Can’t wait to see what the new year will bring in the PL! Merry Christmas!! P.s. I’m thinking about changing my name since you’ve changed my mind. :-)

    • 71 Professor VJ Duke December 20, 2014 at 15:21

      Many thanks! It should be an exciting year. Cool! What are you changing it to? And how did I change your mind?

  13. 72 Lady Cheetah7 December 19, 2014 at 21:16

    Absolutely wonderful!

    • 73 Professor VJ Duke December 19, 2014 at 22:05

      Thank you, Lady! Can’t you just see Mr. R dancing to it?

      • 74 Lady Cheetah7 December 19, 2014 at 22:08

        I think it would be borderline blasphemous. Lol!

      • 75 Professor VJ Duke December 20, 2014 at 15:20

        *laughing* I agree! *maybe shudders*

  14. 76 LadyPinkRose December 19, 2014 at 21:03

    I sung HIGH soprano in the “Alleluia”. This video puts tears in my eyes. This is the REAL spirit of Christmas. Excellent job on this video! Thank you for wishing me a Merry Christmas as I wish you the very same!! ((((HUGS))) LadyP

    • 77 Professor VJ Duke December 19, 2014 at 22:04

      Did you really? Wow! You really are a gifted lady–in many different ways! So, then, you think the guitar captured it all rather well?

      • 78 LadyPinkRose December 19, 2014 at 22:06

        Perfectly well, Professor. The EMOTION behind the fingers is what made this video perfect! Oh, yes my voice used to sing very very high and powerfully. As I have graced with age, I no longer sing that high. I haven’t been practicing either, so I don’t really know if I still could. :-) *blushes* Thank you for the kind words.

      • 79 Professor VJ Duke December 20, 2014 at 15:20

        Well many thanks, then! Oh, I bet you could. That’s so neatio that you used to do that! I am impressed.

      • 80 LadyPinkRose December 20, 2014 at 13:38

        Professor, I was thinking. And in order to do that, I must ask you a question. If I gave your blog the credits, could I use your video on my Merry Christmas post? Now mind you, I don’t know HOW to do that, so, IF you say yes, firstly, then secondly, could you give me a teeny bit of advice HOW to post it on my Petals? This video moved me so much and I would really LOVE to share it on Petals. Love, LadyP

      • 81 Professor VJ Duke December 20, 2014 at 15:35

        LadyP, I would be more than honored! There’s two ways to go about it really…you could either reblog, or…here’s the url to the video: http://youtu.be/kDnscekmpMU. Take that (copy it) and then paste it in your post. But you’ll have to add it to the post just like how you add pictures. Go to “add media” then on the left side of the screen “insert from URL”. Use that! And it should imbed the video. Hope that wasn’t too confusing! And let me know if it works! And thank you bunches!

      • 82 LadyPinkRose December 20, 2014 at 15:59

        I do believe I can follow these instructions. I will do this on my laptop today!! Thank you SO much, Professor! I am working on my Christmas post this weekend. That video seriously moved my Heart. Although I am not “heavy” in my personal beliefs on Petals, Christmas is all about Jesus’ Birthday. I am thrilled you are helping me with my special Christmas post!!! Sending Much Love to you! Love, LadyP

      • 83 Professor VJ Duke December 21, 2014 at 23:02

        It certainly is all about that! Great. And thank you bunches! You know, you do honor the professor.

      • 84 LadyPinkRose December 21, 2014 at 23:07

        Aw shucks, Professor. My Christmas post is going up on Tues evening, and yes, I do have your link on it cause it is only fair … I fell in LOVE with this video at PL. Since it is the Season to celebrate and remember Jesus’ birth, these songs so full of Life and Love, are perfect for what I am posting. Really I thank YOU bunches!!! Love, LadyP

      • 85 Professor VJ Duke December 21, 2014 at 23:26

        Wow. That’s really special, LadyP. I’m proud to have a video on your post! But I’m still heartless, remember.

      • 86 LadyPinkRose December 22, 2014 at 00:24

        OK. How could I forget? You are always reminding me. Yet when words and actions don’t equal the other … something is amiss ….. just sayin’ ….

      • 87 Professor VJ Duke December 23, 2014 at 18:59

        You do have a point…maybe I’ve got a heart on my sword.

      • 88 LadyPinkRose December 23, 2014 at 19:35

        I’m sure you do. You MUST have a heart somewhere. (((HUGS))) Amy

      • 89 Professor VJ Duke December 26, 2014 at 15:36

        In a box in the ocean!

      • 90 LadyPinkRose December 26, 2014 at 17:16


      • 91 LadyPinkRose December 23, 2014 at 21:09

        Go look. Hurry, Professor! You must find your Heart!!

      • 92 Professor VJ Duke December 26, 2014 at 15:37

        A shark got it the sudden.

      • 93 LadyPinkRose December 26, 2014 at 17:17

        *faints on floor*

  15. 94 The Lite Rider December 19, 2014 at 20:18

    Merry, merry to you all! Lovely selections!

    • 95 Professor VJ Duke December 19, 2014 at 22:03

      Merry Christmas, LR! Thank you. Don’t you think Handel would attend such a song?

      • 96 The Lite Rider December 21, 2014 at 20:19

        He most likely would, wouldn’t he? Perhaps with festively colored hair.

      • 97 Professor VJ Duke December 21, 2014 at 23:25

        Red and Green! *laughs*

  16. 98 masgautsen December 19, 2014 at 18:22

    Lovely! Nothing more to say.

    • 99 Professor VJ Duke December 19, 2014 at 22:02

      Thank you! Make sure to go sledding–at least once–if you can!

  17. 100 John W. Howell December 19, 2014 at 18:11

    Loved this. The Pittsburgh tie in was especially sweet since my wife grew up in Mt. Lebanon. Merry Christmas Professor VJ.

    • 101 Professor VJ Duke December 19, 2014 at 21:57

      Merry Christmas, John! Mt. Lebanon? Nice. That’s a great place. I’m in Washington, if you know where that is.

      • 102 John W. Howell December 19, 2014 at 22:06

        Mt Washington?

      • 103 Professor VJ Duke December 20, 2014 at 15:20

        Yes, I believe so…

      • 104 John W. Howell December 20, 2014 at 16:53

        Love it.

      • 105 Professor VJ Duke December 21, 2014 at 23:03


      • 106 Nicholas Warren--MPS staff member December 20, 2014 at 18:21

        No, no, the professor has it all wrong. He get’s muddled. The professor lives in Washington county, south of Pittsburgh.

        Mount Washington may be for a future film planning.

      • 107 Professor VJ Duke December 21, 2014 at 23:03

        Oh, that’s right. Thanks, Nick.

  18. 108 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister December 19, 2014 at 18:10

    (You could have never known that these two songs are my most favorite songs to sing during the Christmas season. In high school when I was a first soprano in a chorus group, I used to cry when we got to this part of our show. I never thought my voice gave the meaning behind the song justice, but I sang and it always moved me to tears. Stupid of me then, I know, but I haven’t thought about those days in about ten years. I could never sing like that now, but thank you for reminding me that I once did, Duke. I sang along a little, you know.)

    *wipes her eyes* *smiles brightly* Offering your guitar skills once again is the best of Christmas gifts, P (p???)rofessor, I mean, Vince. You have a lovely name and I’m glad you no longer hide behind it, but now stand beside it strongly. I just loved the video. All of it. Ever single bit. I’ve been trying to figure out what to write for about three hours now. Silly, I know. I just wanted to make sure you knew how much I appreciated your bravery, time and talent. I don’t think the right words will ever come to a vague poet like myself, but know you are cherished.

    Thank you for showing us a gem found in Pittsburgh and the gorgeous nativity. ..an inspiration, indeed. The family room looks warm and inviting, which easily describes you and your team of amazing minds. True talent, Gentlemen. Bask in the glow of your accolades. ..you deserve every single one.

    Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!

    Enjoy your break, Duke. You deserve one, but keep playing the guitar, maybe I’ll hear you from Texas. *smooch*

    • 109 Professor VJ Duke December 19, 2014 at 21:48

      (*smiles bigly* That’s really special. It’s good that you were moved to tears then! I think that’s what music is really all about. I love these two as well. And that’s why we created a suitable guitar version. And I bet you could sing like that now! That’s great. I’m glad you were able to sing along. It means I wasn’t too badly messing things up!)

      *laughs* Rats and a Heifer! Yes…but that’s not the professor’s first name, I think. I never figured out what his first name was. Audith, believe me, you’ve been saying all the right words. Getting feedback like this makes my day, and makes me want to make more, for sure!!!

      I heard–right after we shot there–that they might not put the nativity up next year! Glad we were able to get some footage. Audith, can’t tell you how thankful I am to get that sort of feedback. It’s such fun making these videos, too.

      To you too!

      Yes, yes. I’ve got a dadblame thing to practice for. *growls*

      • 110 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister December 20, 2014 at 05:16

        (Geez. What a ramble I threw at you, huh? Sorry about that, Duketh.)

        Not the professor’s first name….?!!!!!!!!!!!! *throws down the mic and slams the door* (I’m glad you can feel my support. And you should make more, lots more.)

        But I haven’t gotten to see it yet. Yes, it’s a good thing you went this year and I bet it gets everyone in the Christmas spirit. You should encourage them to bring it back again next year, I think. In your spare time…offer to help set up or something. It’s your civic duty, I think. It’s just my feedback, but I’m happy to give to you and it’s all true.


        Sounds to me like that is a good dadblame thing…
        *wipes off the lipstick from your 5 o’clock shadowed cheek* (I didn’t miss that, you know.) Quit fussing about it!

      • 111 Professor VJ Duke December 20, 2014 at 15:26

        (No! I like hearing that sort of thing.)

        Of course! The professor and that funny looking chap are two different people in my mind. Does that make a bit of sense?

        Oh my! Bet they wouldn’t let me, though. It’s so huge…

        It is overall. I’m excited!

        Hey! Am I the 5 shadow??? (Miss what?)

      • 112 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister December 20, 2014 at 18:38

        (I don’t like reading it. Wipe it off!)

        Yes, makes perfect sense to me. I feel the same way about you. There’s the ‘word professor’ and then there’s the ‘picture professor’. You are two totally different people in my mind, as well, as strange as that sounds. I blame you early brainwashing of my trusting mind.

        Yes, I wouldn’t put you in charge of it either. Imagine how many rearrangings you’d make them do! The nativity would never see Christmas. *laughs* Such a perfectionist!

        You should be!

        I have no idea what you’re talking about, Duke.

      • 113 Professor VJ Duke December 21, 2014 at 23:07

        (Do you really want me to? I like it.)

        No, it make sense, actually. What if we’re different?

        *laughs* Hey! I’d be fine being in charge. “Fellow, move that there. That there. And this there.)

        Hmm…you started it!

      • 114 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister December 23, 2014 at 00:32

        (If you’re fine with it, then leave it be.. Ok.)

        What do you mean, Duke? Tell me.

        *laughs too* Yes, and they’d be grumbling that was there minutes before.

        I know. But you growled at me.

      • 115 Professor VJ Duke December 23, 2014 at 19:10

        Oh, well…maybe there are a few professors?

      • 116 Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister December 24, 2014 at 03:05

        Yes, I figured.

  19. 117 Julie Harris December 19, 2014 at 16:41

    Wow!! That was fantastic!! Loved this arrangement and the video is awesome!! Merry Christmas!!!

    • 118 Professor VJ Duke December 19, 2014 at 21:36

      Merry Christmas, Julie! I appreciate it. Getting the video together is the best part.

  20. 119 Debbie December 19, 2014 at 15:56

    P.S. I have a cousin named Vince. He was named after his dad, my mom’s brother.

    • 120 Professor VJ Duke December 19, 2014 at 15:58

      Nice! It’s a great name, I think. Simple to spell–usually!

  21. 121 Debbie December 19, 2014 at 15:55

    So you’re coming out of hiding, Professor?!? Well done, sir. Very well done. I’m certain Handel himself would be justifiably proud! Love the clean room, the stockings hung by the fire, and all the presents under the tree; love also the hugemongous creche and the story behind your video. Merry Merry Christmas, Duke, and I’ll see you in the New Year. You’re working hard on a redesign, right?? Isn’t that fun?!

    • 122 Professor VJ Duke December 19, 2014 at 15:58

      Well…something like that. I should probably stay in my troll cave, though, huh? It’s scary outside!

      Thanks so much! I wish Handel could see it…and I hope he wouldn’t sue me! That creche is so cool. And odd and creepy at the same time!

      Merry Christmas to you as well! (Give Dallas a Christmas pat for me. Or kiss.)

      I am! It is sorta fun, yes!

  22. 123 Angeline M December 19, 2014 at 15:53

    Wasn’t able to watch the video just yet, I’ll go back and try again (my pc is being naughty). But I wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas, and thanks for all the fun this year. What a team!

    • 124 Professor VJ Duke December 19, 2014 at 15:56

      No! PC’s can be very naughty. No candy canes. Don’t give it any! You too, Angeline! Have the bests of Christmas! And thank you for giving us fun this year! (Yes, that’s how it works.)

  23. 125 PorterGirl December 19, 2014 at 15:19

    Wowawee! Simply fabulous. And it’s the guy! With the hair that I like! That chap is a legend. I so enjoyed every aspect of this video, a truly superb festive offering and one that has made me tingley. Pittsburg looks very pleasant indeed. Well done team, much Yuletide love & hugs to all x

    • 126 Professor VJ Duke December 19, 2014 at 15:55

      It is! Why do you like the hair?? That has the professor so curious, you know. Just a bit, that is.

      Many thanks! And a Merry Christmas to you, Lucy, for sure. You should visit Pittsburgh! (Tingley in a good way?)

      • 127 PorterGirl December 19, 2014 at 16:15

        I don’t know what it is about the hair, it’s so neat! Impossibly neat. And shiny. It is the hair of a true gentleman. But he wears the jumper (sweater) of a scoundrel – aha! (I hope the poor chap doesn’t see this and become frightened of me. I am just an enthusiastic fan)

        Pittsburgh is on my list! My Nashville friends go there a bit and really like it. They keep saying I should join them, so maybe I will in 2015.
        (Tingley is always good!)

      • 128 Professor VJ Duke December 19, 2014 at 21:35

        It’s all messy, I thought. Hmm…you might have a point, though. The sweater is a scoundrel sweater! Is it because it’s red, do you suppose? (What if I told you it was the professor?)

        It’s beautiful! You have to. And see the city. Of course, I’m a bit biased about it all.

      • 129 PorterGirl December 22, 2014 at 08:34

        I knew it was you!!! I knew it. What a handsome chap you are, Professor. And incredibly talented. I like the sweater, actually, I think it is the redness that makes it scoundrel-y.

        I will be sure to visit, it does look a very beautiful place. I hope there are lots and lots of places to eat,

      • 130 Professor VJ Duke December 23, 2014 at 19:02

        Aw, thanks. The professor appreciates it! But, remember, the professor is heartless.

        There sure are! At least, I think so.

      • 131 PorterGirl December 24, 2014 at 08:31

        The most heartless beast that ever roamed the earth!

      • 132 Professor VJ Duke December 26, 2014 at 15:39

        Yes, that’s right!!!

  24. 133 L. Marie December 19, 2014 at 15:14

    Is that the same guy who did the Pirates guitar war? He’s amazing! What a lovely pairing.
    My pastor told us the same thing about Joy to the World. I hadn’t known that it wasn’t traditionally a Christmas song.
    Merry Christmas!

    • 134 Professor VJ Duke December 19, 2014 at 15:54

      It is the same chap! I know! I was surprised to learn that about the Hallelujah Chorus…I shouldn’t have been, but I was. Merry Christmas to you as well!

      What do you suppose he should cover next?

      • 135 L. Marie December 19, 2014 at 22:25

        Well, Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it. Perhaps dueling love songs?

      • 136 Professor VJ Duke December 20, 2014 at 15:21

        That’s a great idea…like…something from Romeo and Juliet? (I don’t know many love things)

  25. 137 FictionFan December 19, 2014 at 15:05

    Wonderful, C-W-W! Brought a great big Christmassy smile to my face! And I have to say, in all truth, that I enjoyed that considerably more than the original… The ‘set’ looks lovely too, particularly the fab Christmas stockings! Despite all your naughtiness this year, I think Santa should forgive you and bring you great gifts as a reward for all the pleasure you’ve given us this year!

    Merry Christmas to you and all the team! *Christmas kisses all round, whether you want them or not*

    • 138 Nicholas Warren--MPS staff member December 19, 2014 at 15:09

      You can give your Christmas kisses to anyone you want—except me.

      • 139 FictionFan December 19, 2014 at 15:12

        Too late! I’ve already sent them! They should arrive just when you least expect it…

        Merry Christmas, Nick!

      • 140 Nicholas Warren--MPS staff member December 19, 2014 at 15:15

        I’ll have to watch vigilantly…

        A merry Christmas to you too!

      • 141 Professor VJ Duke December 19, 2014 at 15:54

        Yes, vigilantly for Santa.

    • 142 Professor VJ Duke December 19, 2014 at 15:50

      That’s perfect then! Better than the original? Wow! I wasn’t naughty…look here: I’ve read lots of books, cleaned the floors, and even started Bleak House! There the stats of a good fellow, for sure!

      And you too, FEF! *laughs* I’ll take them!!!

      • 143 FictionFan December 19, 2014 at 18:11

        Perfect is a good word! In fairness, I should say Handel’s original is so long I’ve usually fallen asleep before it gets to the good bits! But seriously, your version is great – very uplifting! *laughs lots and lots* STARTED Bleak House?!? What, are you going to read a chapter a year? I think I may have to force you into a readalong of it soon…

        *holds out cheek for return kisses…and prepares for a long wait*

      • 144 Professor VJ Duke December 19, 2014 at 21:56

        *laughs* I feel the same way as you! But I’m probably worse. Every time I go to see a ballet, I fall asleep! I prefer John Carter, you see. Really? Uplifting…that’s great. I think that’s what we were sorta trying for. (When you get as old as the professor, you’ll forget what you were originally trying for as well.)

        How can I say no? *returns them*

      • 145 FictionFan December 20, 2014 at 22:56

        Ballet makes me mutter angrily about the pointlessness of human existence. So do I! I bet John Carter would make a great ballet though…

        Good – I’m glad that’s what you were trying for (probably) since that’s what you achieved! *smiles appreciatively and upliftedly* (I shall never, ever, ever be as old as the Professor!!)

        *gasps, smiles, maybe even laughs a bit, then faints*

      • 146 Professor VJ Duke December 21, 2014 at 23:18

        You too? *laughs* Good. I thought girls liked that sort of thing.

        Well, you’ll be as old as me eventually. In about 70 years.

        Look what I just did? *hides in a cave forever*

      • 147 FictionFan December 22, 2014 at 21:25

        Tchah! Don’t confuse me with other girls, sir! I am a warrioress!!

        Ah, but by then you’ll be 70 years older, so I’ll still be 70 years younger… (this is a conversation I’ve been ahving with BUS and WOB for years – trust me, you can’t win!)

        Awwww! It’s OK! Christmas kisses don’t count – even heroes let their guard down at Christmas… you can always blame the punch!

      • 148 Professor VJ Duke December 23, 2014 at 19:08

        *laughing* Some girls think they are.

        Seriously? Does BUS usually start the conversation?

        Good point. I just have to remember I’m heartless.

      • 149 FictionFan December 26, 2014 at 16:54

        Are you implying I’m not?!?

        No, I do – just to annoy them.

        Yes, but secretly I’m not convinced that you are…

      • 150 Professor VJ Duke December 27, 2014 at 14:50

        No, no! You’re an exception. I know that too well…

        *laughs* Your family get togethers must be great fun.

        Huff-Hum to you madam. I most certainly haven’t a heart.

      • 151 FictionFan December 28, 2014 at 16:23

        *smiles exceptionally and polishes peashooter proudly*

        *laughs* Still recovering from this one…

        Then how could you possibly have enjoyed the horrid kids’ duet? *smiles smugly, knowing she’s won the argument for sure*

      • 152 Professor VJ Duke December 28, 2014 at 20:48

        *laughing lots* I’m sure it went fine–as long as Burns wasn’t read. *makes a gaggy face*

        But…are you sure I enjoyed that?

      • 153 FictionFan December 29, 2014 at 16:17

        Don’t you dare gag at my Rabbie!! Or else I shall quote incomprehensible poetry to you… *glowers threateningly*

        Hmm…yes, I am! Look at the youthful you standing behind them with your little face all soppy and smiling… *gags but tries to hide it*

      • 154 Professor VJ Duke December 29, 2014 at 21:58

        Okay, okay! Won’t do it. *wonders what he looks like*

        *laughing* That’s not me! Who would be so stupid as to leave the house in a blue robe with a hole in it? A decedent of Baalam’s ass, I tell you!

      • 155 FictionFan December 30, 2014 at 16:50

        He was stunningly gorgeous! Google him. All the ladies loved him and he wrote about a zillion love poems – each one to a different woman. He was more fickle than FF! Shall I quote you some love poetry? *cackles*

        Don’t forget the dinky little slippers! So c&a! Aha! You see, soon I shall no longer have to google to get these Biblical references…

      • 156 Professor VJ Duke December 31, 2014 at 02:08

        He looks like a munchkin! No, please don’t. But I bet I couldn’t understand it anyway–if you did.

        I thought he had boots… *big excited face* Are you going to read it?

      • 157 FictionFan December 31, 2014 at 17:57

        Good noodles! Don’t tell me you’re jealous of him too?!? Understandable, though…

        Who? Hero-boy? Why would he have been wearing boots in bed? *wonders if the Professor wears boots in bed* Already started! But ooh, don’t get excited – I’m only reading it as a book – an important part of our culture. It’s unlikely to change my cynical mind about anything… *apologetic face*

      • 158 Professor VJ Duke January 1, 2015 at 20:44

        Not at all. You know, I think you’re the only person–ever–who likes him!

        Well I’m sure he wasn’t wearing slippers in bed, was he? I thought he put them on before he went out. I must admit, I haven’t watched it this year… *tries not to laugh lots*

        *smiles bigly* I’m just surprised you’re reading it is all. And I’m cynical too, dadblameit! Let me know when you get to Psalm 22.

      • 159 FictionFan January 2, 2015 at 01:56

        I’m sorry, but you’ll never be allowed to visit Scotland if you don’t like Burns. It’s the law that you have to quote at least two of his poems before we let you in…and five before we let you out again!

        *laughing lots* You have a point, I admit! I utterly refuse to go back and watch it again to be sure, so you must. Or make Mic watch it…

        You shamed me into it, with all these references I keep not getting! You? Cynical?? Pah! A likely story! Well, at the rate of a chapter a night, I reckon that’d be autumn sometime, so I skipped ahead…very powerful, I grant you. Why that in particular?

      • 160 Professor VJ Duke January 2, 2015 at 19:36

        But my memory is hideous. I can memorize lots of music…but words…I don’t know. Back in the day when I gave speeches, I could memorize words, but I’ve since lost the power.

        Maybe we should forget about the whole thing?

        *laughs* That last one I used was actually one that MT used. Why can’t I be cynical, too, dadblameit?! Well…see, that’s the psalm that Jesus quotes on the cross in one of the gospels. The Jewish rabbis recognized that that psalm talked about the messiah that was to come. So, by referencing that psalm, Jesus was claiming to be the messiah–of course, that made them even angrier. Sorry! But I told you I’m a prophecy nut.

      • 161 FictionFan January 3, 2015 at 16:26

        Yes, I used to be able to quote tons of Shakespeare and poetry and stuff, but I fear most of it is long gone. I like to think it’s because my brain’s overfull… *wonders what the Professor used to give speeches about*

        Aha! Clearly you’re afraid I’ll be proved right!! *does victory dance*

        Good noodles! The Professor and MT teaming up against me now?! Not fair!! Because you’re far too sweet to be cynical – too fluffy… Intriguing – I fear it may be some time before I get to that part.

      • 162 Professor VJ Duke January 3, 2015 at 22:19

        It probably is. You should get another hard drive. (It’s all those books you read.) Well…they were all different. The last one I recall was about the civil war. I’d do it so differently know. I’d be like Twain! Humorous/ripping speeches.

        Aren’t you always right?

        I’m not sweet at all! Every warrior is horribly cynical, and since I’m a warrior, I have to be cynical!

      • 163 FictionFan January 3, 2015 at 23:06

        Grow another head, then? I’ll give that some thought…

        Beautifully enigmatic reply there – seeming to answer without actually revealing much. I’m so relieved – I thought you’d lost your Professorial enigmaticalness completely…

        Oh you are! You’re as sweet as ripe peaches served with lightly whipped cream! But warriors always have a soft centre…

      • 164 Professor VJ Duke January 4, 2015 at 20:17

        No! Don’t do that! Or…I’ll get a gold chain.

        I thought I was quite clear on the matter. You just want details! And they’re usually so unimportant.

        *gags* No! *holds ears* Ajax didn’t!

      • 165 FictionFan January 5, 2015 at 02:00

        Urghh!! No, no, I won’t then! You’ll just have to remember stuff for me then. Start with Shakespeare…

        *laughs* Well, I suppose it was quite clear…in Professorial terms…

        Oh, I bet he did! I bet he used to go home after a hard day’s heroing and watch soppy films. Actually, I think I heard he was a big fan of Ms Austen…

      • 166 Professor VJ Duke January 5, 2015 at 11:40

        Okay…but I don’t know much Shaky. All I remember is that Hamlet chap who liked his mother too much.

        There you are! I’m really quite an open book.

        No! *stomps foot* Won’t believe it. That’s before Hector killed him anyway.

      • 167 FictionFan January 5, 2015 at 17:36

        Well, start by memorising Macbeth – you can use it to practice your Scottish accent. Poor Hamlet – he was a bit nuts, wasn’t he?

        Ah, but like you with BH, it may take me several years to read to the end…

        Of course, the whole Trojan thing was because of soppiness over a woman…

      • 168 Professor VJ Duke January 5, 2015 at 22:26

        Yeah. I do need to practice that. But it’s so hard! The hardest. You’ll probably kill me, but it sounds dreadfully close to Irish… He was nuts! Someone should have boned him.

        I’ll keep writing it, then.

        Umm…you’re not supposed to do that! I bet they killed her in the end.

      • 169 FictionFan January 6, 2015 at 02:05

        Och, no it’s naw! But yes, I suppose it does sound like Irish…if you’re American! I think someone did…

        Yes, do! I’d hate if it ended on a cliffhanger…

        Bet they didn’t! Bet they had a big dance when it was all over – Hector probably got a new skirt specially for the occasion.

      • 170 Professor VJ Duke January 6, 2015 at 12:06

        I’m not American nuther! And I’m accent-less.

        Right before we jump over the cliff.

        Hmm…Hector actually dies and is dragged around by a chariot–but that’s totally wrong, I assure you.

      • 171 FictionFan January 6, 2015 at 16:33

        Huh? Then what are you – Martian? You’re very good at impersonating an American accent then…

        We? Wait! Tell me when I agreed to that!

        But he was probably dancing on the inside…

      • 172 Professor VJ Duke January 6, 2015 at 23:11

        No, just the professor. Got you! Haha. I don’t have an American accent! *cries*

        Umm…it’ll be a fun fall, promise!

        Dancing on the inside? Was he dead then?

      • 173 FictionFan January 7, 2015 at 02:26

        *bets he cries with an American accent too*


        Yes, but the dance goes on for ever…

      • 174 Professor VJ Duke January 7, 2015 at 12:32

        That has to be impossible, I’m thinking.

        That’s too scary. *second thoughts about dancing again*

      • 175 FictionFan January 5, 2015 at 02:03

        PS Why have you gone all white? Are you buried in a snowdrift? Or did BUS accidentally cover you in icing* when she was doing the Christmas cakes?


      • 176 Professor VJ Duke January 5, 2015 at 11:41

        That’s what happens when you get old, madam! But…isn’t it more becoming? I’ve sorta redesigned everything!

        See…I did want some cake–and you didn’t give it to me!

      • 177 FictionFan January 5, 2015 at 17:40

        Well, I never will then! Yes, the new design looks good – though such vandalism on those poor trees. But I’ve still never really recovered from you getting rid of the ring…

        I had some cherry cake yesterday…

      • 178 Professor VJ Duke January 5, 2015 at 22:26

        The trees are fine! They laughed and said it tickled. You liked the ring best?!

        *sour mean angry rotten rampaging face*

      • 179 FictionFan January 6, 2015 at 02:01

        Phew! I’m so glad! I had visions of them all bashing you over the head. Well…yes. I kinda thought the ring was cool. But I liked the last one and this one too…

        *smiley laughing chuckling grinning smirking face*

      • 180 Professor VJ Duke January 6, 2015 at 12:05

        *laughs* Grr! I’m not in any danger from trees!!! I still have the ring, you know. I wear it all the time.

        *laughs again* What can I do?

      • 181 FictionFan January 6, 2015 at 16:29

        Oh no! That’s exactly what they want you to think! Do the team have rings too? Is yours the One Ring to Rule Them All?

      • 182 Professor VJ Duke January 6, 2015 at 23:11

        No, only me. I was laughed to scorn when I got it made. It does rule, though. What, I’m not sure.

      • 183 FictionFan January 7, 2015 at 02:24

        Perhaps it rules the Punchy Family… like the orcs. Which would be cool! I always wanted to be a fighting uruk hai…

      • 184 Professor VJ Duke January 7, 2015 at 12:31

        You? A uruk hai? *laughs too much*

      • 185 FictionFan January 7, 2015 at 17:39

        Huh!!! *sticks out orcish tongue*

      • 186 Professor VJ Duke January 7, 2015 at 22:04

        *hides eyes*

      • 187 Nicholas Warren--MPS staff member December 20, 2014 at 18:22

        Oh, such flirting.

      • 188 FictionFan December 20, 2014 at 22:57

        I know! He’s a shocking flirt, isn’t he? *shakes head despairingly*

      • 189 Nicholas Warren--MPS staff member December 21, 2014 at 03:58

        You encourage him… *shakes head too*

      • 190 FictionFan December 21, 2014 at 17:14

        Who, me??? *tries to look innocent but spoils the effect by chuckling*

      • 191 Professor VJ Duke December 21, 2014 at 23:24

        *laughs* Oh, it wasn’t that bad!

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