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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.
That was the New York City Children's Chorus singing "Silent Night." Keeping everyone in Newtown in our thoughts. pic.twitter.com/YLlNbuzH
Wow #SNL opens with children singing "Silent Night". Classy. First time I've ever seen them not do a comedy sketch to open the show.
— Jefferson Waful (@jeffersonwaful) December 16, 2012
— Bill Kneass (@phillyfreedm) December 16, 2012
Pitch-perfect #SNL "Silent Night" opener made me want to cry all over again
— Frank Rich (@frankrichny) December 16, 2012
— Nil Köksal (@nilkoksalcbc) December 16, 2012