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Learn About the Magic

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The magic and merriment of Christmas time can inspire child-like wonder in all of us: the presents, sparkling lights and dazzling decorations, special foods, the excitement and anticipation that grow at this special time of year. But as Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, and their friends from Sesame Street® learn, Christmas is so much more than that. It’s a time for kindness and generosity, for being with friends and family. It’s a time for spreading peace and goodwill. It’s a time of love. 

In December 2014, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Orchestra at Temple Square, and Bells on Temple Square joined with Broadway star Santino Fontana and the Muppets® from Sesame Street® to help celebrate the magic of Christmas, and find out how to keep those feelings of wonder and joy with us all through the year. With singers, instrumentalists, and dancers drawn from the local community, these concerts were a visual and musical spectacle, thrilling the combined capacity audience of over 80,000 in the Conference Center at Temple Square. 

In this live recording from those concerts, the Choir, Fontana, and the Muppets® from Sesame Street® sing joyfully of the magic of Christmas and the excitement of its traditions. Abby Cadabby and Rosita enjoy singing with the Choir at Christmas, and learn how to keep the beautiful feelings alive after the celebrations are over. And even Cookie Monster comes to understand that sharing his precious cookies with friends brings its own kind of contentment. Bert and Ernie learn from Santino Fontana that singing and sharing a little bit of themselves can be important, too. And Count von Count assists organist Richard Elliott in one of the beloved traditions at these concerts, a virtuosic organ celebration of Christmas melodies. In this arithmetically-enhanced arrangement of “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” the Count finds so many more seasonal wonders to enumerate. 

With a selection of works from the great masters including Bach, Tchaikovsky, and Rossini, and the Choir’s traditional finale, “Angels from the Realms of Glory,” this inspiring concert reminds us that Christmas is a time of joy and wonder whose message of peace and love can live in our hearts always.