The sounds of Christmas make the day special for those lucky enough to enjoy the day at home with family. Listen today for these sounds:
The tumultuous clunk-clunk-clunk of kids tearing down the stairs to see what waits for them under the Christmas tree.
The quiet gurgle of the coffee maker in the morning in a kitchen being warmed by an oven baking fresh muffins.
"Merry Christmas" shouted by a neighbor on his way to church.
The crunching sound of wrapping paper being ripped apart and discarded by eager children.
Laughter and spirited conversations at the kitchen table as cousins, uncles and aunts pick at the hors d'oeuvres tray.
Sinatra singing "O Come All Ye Faithful" on a CD player.
The telephone ringing with a familiar voice on the other end, asking if the turkey is in the oven yet.
A shovel scraping against the sidewalk so Grandma will have a clear path when she arrives with homemade pies.
Football announcers calling the Vikings' game in the den.
"Joy to the World" sung by a church choir.
A mother reading the Christmas story to her child from the family Bible.
Squeals and shouts from kids trying out new skates and sleds.
"Dinner's ready" being called out by an exhausted hostess.
"Linus and Lucy," Vince Guaraldi's manic dance number from "A Charlie Brown Christmas."
And the sound parents would like to hear as they relax in the living room Christmas night - silverware and dishes clinking against each other as their children do the dishes.
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