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To open this week’s annual Christmas show, SNL broke from their traditional comedic opening skit and instead went with a cold open featuring the New York City Children’s Chorus singing “Silent Night” as a tribute to the victims and families affected by the recent tragedy in Newtown, CT. The only other time the show opened in a similar fashion was the post-9/11 show when Paul Simon performed “The Boxer”. You can watch the video of “Silent Night” here on Deadspin. Very powerful.