By Mandi Bierly
December 09, 2010 at 03:00 PM EST

Image Credit: Dario Cantatore/Getty ImagesI’ve mentioned it before on PopWatch that Josh Groban’s cut of “Little Drummer Boy” has made my sister sob (she was pregnant at the time) and me tear up (the ox and lamb keeping time gets me before the baby Jesus smiling). Well, I went to see Andrea Bocelli at Madison Square Garden last week, and it happened again. My eyes got so misty during his rendition of “Silent Night” that things looked as soft focus as a Barbara Walters’ special. I attribute it to multiple factors: I’ve always loved that song since I was a kid. It’s just a simple, gorgeous melody. It was always the last song we sang at both my Christmas Eve service and my high school chorus Christmas concert growing up. In both cases, everyone got to light a candle, which made the otherwise nondescript church and auditorium instantly beautiful. Once the song ended, my family would leave to go home, and since I grew up in rural central Pennsylvania, all really was calm and bright on the walk to the car. It’s like when I’m listening to the song, I’m also hearing that silence, and feeling the freezing, still air, and seeing the Christmas lights across the street or a field. Obviously, Bocelli’s voice is perfection, and I was sitting in the top row at the Garden, where I could I truly appreciate how it filled the arena and brought that sense of calm and clarity to the center of New York City (at the holidays!), if only for five minutes. Will it translate for you in fan-captured video below? No. But watch it anyway. Then, tell us if a holiday song has ever made you tear up. Be specific. If there’s an artist that got you, give him/her/them credit. Maybe we’ll spot a trend. 

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