Saturday Night Live opens with Silent Night sung by kids as Newtown, CT shooting tribute (VIDEO)

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NEW YORK (AP) — "Saturday Night Live" paid tribute to the children and adults killed at a Connecticut elementary school.

Not known for taking anything seriously or tenderly, the show made a sweet departure in its opening moments. Rather than the usual comical opening, a children's choir appeared on camera and angelically sang "Silent Night."

Then the members of the New York City Children's Chorus bellowed out the show's time-honored introduction: "Live from New York, it's 'Saturday Night!'"

It was the night's sole reference to the tragedy and struck just the right tone.
 
Later, the chorus returned to join musical guest Paul McCartney in a rendition of his "Wonderful Christmas Time."

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