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Angels We Have Heard On High (ThePianoGuys)

Merry Christmas! You will LOVE this version of the old carol – done beautifully by ThePianoGuys.  Have a warm and wonderful day.

Enjoy and God Bless!

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O Come, Emmanuel (ThePianoGuys version)

When a piece of music moves me to tears – it is time to share it. Listen for yourself and see if this is not the the most emotional and beautiful
version you have ever heard.

May God Bless you this Christmas Eve

Song For The King

Last week I was listening to my Christmas CD driving home from somewhere.  All of a sudden this next song came on and I was transfixed by its beauty.  You know the kind of song that I mean.  The one that has a hint of sadness in it.  Of pulling at your heart-strings – in a good way.  The pulling of emotions that only music can do – when mere words fail us.  It was Michael W. Smith.  This song is on his Christmas CD.  It is reflective and moving.  I found myself being grateful and shuffling through some wonderful memories of past things around the holiday season – some sad, some happy – some a little of both.  Tears were streaming down my face and it was a little embarrassing the closer I drove to home.  I wondered, “what will Greg think I’m crying about?”  It was a little silly.  Thankfully he was not home yet – just my pretty puppy and she did not notice anything out of the ordinary – was just glad to see me as always.  I told Greg about the incident the next time we were in the car together listening to my Christmas CD.  I can’t remember him ever being moved to tears by any music before, except “Lamb of God” by Michael English – but I think he understood.

We had the pleasure of hearing Michael (Smitty) in concert a few years back with a full choir and orchestra.  From the first notes of his majestic Christmas music – I was moved to tears and stayed that way the entire concert.  He’s just that good.

Music is the universal language and can say things that words can’t express.  It sets a mood – prepares our hearts and minds – and brings a new appreciation for the gifts around us.  I’m always grateful and thankful for music that stirs and moves my heart.

Enjoy and God Bless

Kicking Off The Season

Over the next 4 weeks – I will be posting a favorite Christmas song or movie.  I LOVE this time of year – the sights, smells and sounds of Christmas.  Some of these are old favorites – some are brand new.  Join me on a song a day adventure – and tell me some of yours.  One of my voice students is singing this next song at our Christmas recital next month.  This is dedicated to all of you who lost someone this last year.  Enjoy!

God Bless

Wrapping Up Christmas

I feel like I’ve been absent – even though I have posted something every day since the week of Thanksgiving.  We did all the Christmas things, made Chex mix (multiple times) made the pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving week, decorated the house, put up small trees on tables this year, watched all our favorite traditional (and non-traditional) holiday movies, listened to old and new Christmas songs, got together with family and friends, spent a few short days with our college son, home and gone before Christmas, ate too much snack food, made a new potato recipe from my friend, had wonderful spiral ham and now I’m making split pea soup from the bone – and finally – it’s time to wrap up Christmas for another year.

I must say that I’m disappointed we had no snow whatsoever during this season – and there is still no snow in sight.  However, I did feel all warm and toasty many times with our cozy fire and warm blanket when the temperatures dipped below 30.  Our puppy, Daisy has been fun to watch as she grows, plays, entertains us with her clownish ways – and as she snuggles up and sleeps next to us by the fire.

I have also learned something new.  When people write “Merry Xmas” it’s actually NOT a bad thing, like my generation (and my parent’s) used to think.  “X” means “Chi” in Greek – or another word for “Christ“.  Who knew?  Ever heard someone say, “They are leaving out Christ when they say or write it that way”  Guess what?  They aren’t!

And as my pastor pointed out yesterday, when we say “Happy Holidays” it actually  means “Holy Days” – and I say it all the time!  So glad I was actually saying something good all along – don’t you just love being chided by other Christians when they think you’re forgetting about Jesus when you don’t say Merry Christmas?  It’s ALL good, people – and let’s not forget that there are three holidays to speak about, Thanksgiving, Christmas AND New Years.

So the next time you see “Xmas” – I encourage you NOT to be miffed – but embrace it!

And with a clear conscience I can say “Happy holidays” and “Merry Christmas” to all!

Have you ever been chided by someone over these things?  I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Warm after Christmas thoughts to you – as you “wrap up Christmas” for another year!

God Bless!

Plans For A Merry Music Film Festival

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This year between the weeks of Thanksgiving and Christmas – I want to select a song or a movie each day to post on my blog to bring the season in style.

Many people have various ideas about what is the best music and the best movie memories at this wonderful time of the year – and I’m no exception.  I definitely have my favorites.  Most of them are for personal reasons – either I grew up watching or listening to them – or they touched me in a place that’s very special.

So starting tomorrow – I’m going to feature a song or a movie (or both) each day to help you celebrate as well.  Fell free to add your favorites in the comment section – it’s fun to share ideas with you – and have you list your favorites too 🙂

Besides the food of this holiday season – the music and movies provide a vehicle for me to continue celebrating all month-long.  Most of these holiday films have wonderful soundtracks too – which is one reason they have become classics to me and why I love watching them over and over.  In fact – we have quite a collection of them in our 30 year marriage – and there are some things we simply have to watch during the holiday season – or it just isn’t the same to us.  Even better – having a roaring fire while watching and munching on holiday treats 🙂

So I hope you will join me in helping to create a list of incredible “must watch” movies and “must listen to” music – for those who need a little help to jump-start this season.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving week – and God Bless!

Making A Healthy Choice

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My husband and son are trying to corrupt me.  And after I was doing so well too.  Yesterday after working a job together they brought home – KRISPY KREME doughnuts!!  And they MADE me eat two glazed ones right in front of them.

I’m not happy about it.  In fact – I’m so NOT happy about it – that I had another one with my coffee for breakfast.

Three months ago I would have said NO WAY!!  You can’t tempt me with DOUGHNUTS!!

Greg and I began to eat right – no SUGAR and only whole foods.  We didn’t starve – far from it! Eating good things like fruits and veggies – lots of fish and chicken – sprouted wheat breads and butter, eggs and even bacon!  For snacks – raisins for Greg – nuts for me.  It was good – although no real weight loss – we just KNEW we were doing better with our choices – and a regular exercise routine felt right.

But then – Thanksgiving came.  And homemade pumpkin pie.  You know you can’t make just one pie.

And then the slow decline to the Christmas holidays – food and EVERY wrong choice in front of us.  Greg has a sweet tooth – I love the salty things more – like chex mix, salted nuts, chips – you get the picture.  Gone were all our healthy choices – well not gone exactly – just pushed to the side in the fridge and pantry.

And then yesterday – those messengers of the DEVIL brought me DOUGHNUTS!!   Well I’m as shocked and surprised as you are.  They are victims themselves and should be pitied.

When our son-in-law was here the other day he said to me – ‘I thought you guys weren’t eating this stuff anymore?’   Yeah.  So did I.

So like everything else in my life up to now – I will have to make another hard decision – to say goodbye to the unhealthy choices – and then – STICK WITH IT – for good this time!

And I will – really soon.  Get those DOUGHNUTS away from me!

 

God Bless

 

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