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Love Is Christmas

Here is one of my favorite new Christmas songs

Enjoy and God Bless

Published on Dec 22, 2012 by Sarah Bareilles

I don’t care if the house is packed,
Or the strings of light are broken.
I don’t care if the gifts are wrapped,
Or if there’s nothing here to open.

Love is not a toy, and no paper will conceal it.
Love is simply joy that I’m home.

I don’t care if the carpet’s stained; we got food upon our table.
I don’t care if it’s gonna rain, our little room is warm and stable.
Love is who we are, and no season can contain it.
Love would never fall for that.

Let love lead us, love is Christmas.

Why so scared that you’ll mess it up? Imperfection keeps you haunted.
All you need is your best my love, that’s all anyone ever wanted.
Love is how we do, let no judgment over- rule it.
Love I look to you, and I sing.

Let love lead us, love is Christmas.
Let love lead us, love is Christmas.

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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!

Day 35 – CHRISTMAS DAY!!! Crying For A Christmas

When I first heard this song, I knew it was special. I contacted Scott Krippayne to ask if he was going to release the sheet music for this – a year ago last fall, and he wrote back and said he didn’t know when it would be released.  I had it in mind for a voice student to sing – but we chose another song instead. Right after the recital, Scott contacted me again and said that it was now available. I scooped it up and then patiently waited for our next Christmas recital and for this voice student to sing it. She did – and it was amazing – just like I thought it would be.

This is such a powerful song – I hope you will have a moment to listen to the lyrics – and if you go to my music studio page on facebook (link is available on the right side of this page), you will see the student, Rachael Boulds singing this for our last recital.

I hope you and yours will have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!

God Bless!

These are the lives of the rearranged
Scattered souls who’ve been displaced
Nowhere else to turn
Like Bethlehem we have packed the place
Human need fills ever space
No room at the inn

Still God found a corner,
Made a bed down in the hay
Could he reappear, make his advent here
Will he still draw near today?

My world is crying,
Crying for a Christmas
Some way to know for sure —
That our God is with us
We could all use a sign
A little glimpse of divine
For a world that still cries for Christmas

Feeding trough on a dirty floor
Unimpressive welcome for
God’s Almighty Son
Are we as blind to incarnation
Daily proof of our salvation
Love’s already come

We are not abandoned,
All alone in our despair
He who once came down, he can still be found
Every when and everywhere

My world is crying,
Crying for a Christmas
Some way to know for sure —
That our God is with us
Once a baby so small
Grew to die for us all
For a world that still cries for Christmas.

Jesus you are here, Jesus you are now
Jesus you are here, Jesus you are now

My world is crying,
Crying for a Christmas
Some way to know for sure —
That our God is with us
We can all be the sign
That his love is alive
For a world that still cries for Christmas

Day 30 – It Happened On 5th Avenue

I just found out about this little holiday gem a few days ago.  Greg and I watched it the other night and agree that it will now be a part of our Christmas DVD collection to watch every year.  Made in 1947 – this film has heart, rich characters and makes you laugh and think at the same time.  Built around a homeless man – who crashes an abandoned 5th Avenue mansion – and then ends up being the most gracious and hospitable to others in need.  With many twists and surprises – this film will charm you and make you feel good.

Enjoy and God Bless!

Day 29 – Jingle All The Way

One of the best! We have most of the dialogue memorized – and watch it almost every year! Especially fun this year watching it with our son Shawn, who is home for Christmas break – as he actually met Sinbad a couple of months ago when he came to speak to a class he was in – at Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, California. He said that Sinbad is really nice and incredibly funny in person 🙂

Enjoy and God Bless!

Day 21 – Noel

I have had this Christmas movie in my collection for a few years now – and have loved it since the first time I watched it. It is a story of miracles, angels and hope in desperate circumstances. Starring Susan Sarandon and the very lovely Penelope Cruz – with a few lovely twists and surprises – such as a guest appearance from Robin Williams – I’m sure you will agree – they don’t get much better than this one.  Below is a sneak preview – hope you enjoy it!

God Bless!

Day 2 – Song For A Winter’s Night

I’ve always loved Gordon Lightfoot.  He is on a list of many artists who graced my radio airwaves and cassette tapes growing up.  There are a few songs of his that stand out in my memory and it has not been many years that I was reintroduced to this great Christmas song.  Last year I made this for Greg in celebration of our 29 years together.  I hope you will enjoy it too.

 

God Bless

 

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