Category Archives: Christmas

Remember when you had little to be thankful for?

It’s so much easier to be grateful after you reached the end of a trial.  To look back and see that you persevered through a time of difficulty, and to experience relief from the pain and suffering (even if it’s only partial relief) provides a whole new perspective. I was contemplating this today as I […]

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A song for the day after Christmas

On the 13th day of Christmas…I gave to you another song!  This one is a bonus. While this is not traditionally considered a Christmas song, for me, it fits.  For one thing, it has the feel of an old hymn, even though it was written by Third Day’s Mark Lee in the last decade.  Mostly […]

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Merry Christmas – ALL IS WELL

It is because of the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ, that we can say, “All is well!” This should be our anthem, now and evermore. All Is Well May you rest in His peace today.  Merry Christmas! (This song is also from Michael W. Smith’s “Christmas” album.)  

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On the 2nd day of Christmas – Silent Night (part 2)

Technically, today’s song is entitled “Stille Nacht”, which is German for Silent Night.  Growing up in the very German town of New Ulm, Minnesota, we used to sing the German version of this Christmas standard in elementary school. This is part 2 of Silent Night because this selection, also, is instrumental.  Well, there is some […]

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On the 3rd day of Christmas songs – Silent Night (part 1)

As a writer, I’m very “into” words.  When it comes to music, it’s usually all about the lyrics for me.  Yet, today’s song can move me to tears, and it’s completely instrumental.  Maybe it’s because I already know the words, and they play in the back of my mind even as I listen.  Or maybe […]

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Breath of Heaven – 4th day of Christmas songs

These final four days of Christmas, I will be sharing some beautiful, poignant songs that stir my heart this time of year. Amy Grant’s “Breath of Heaven” was originally written by British songwriter Chris Eaton.  When Grant first heard it, she wanted to record the song for her holiday album, but with the verses rewritten […]

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The 5th day of Christmas songs – Straight No Chaser

It’s Wednesday, and we need some fun to keep us going, right?  This version of  a Christmas classic went viral on YouTube a few years ago, and it’s not hard to see why.  It makes my top 12 list for creativity and amazing a cappella sound.  If you liked the TV show “The Sing Off”, […]

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Carol of the Bells by Willet – 6th day of Christmas songs

I had never heard of this band until a couple years ago when my daughter Kelsey and I were interviewing Christian music artists for a book.  We met Jeremy Willet at Sonshine music festival and were impressed by him as a person.  Then we heard the band play and were equally impressed. Not only do […]

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On the 7th day – a humorous version of “12 Days”

It’s Monday morning, and who doesn’t need a good laugh this morning? This song makes my top 12 just because I occasionally enjoy silly humor, and I because I grew up watching comedy like Second City TV and Saturday Night Live.  The “Great White North” was one of those sketches that took on a life […]

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8th day of Christmas songs – Charlie Brown time

So…today’s selection is nothing out of the ordinary or unusual, but it is my favorite traditional Christmas carol.  Plus, it’s featured in one of my favorite Christmas shows, “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” On a side note (unrelated but ironic and funny), my great-grandfather’s name is Charlie Brown.  For the record, he looked NOTHING like the […]

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