Friday, December 3, 2010


I was going to post my favorite Jello recipe today, with a cute note about childhood and helping in the kitchen. But that will wait until tomorrow.

My plans changed when a friend posted this link on her Facebook page--

I cried as soon as I saw the first shopper stand and join in. It was a sign of reverence, a token of belief in Christ and in the reason for the season. It serves as a reminder of the power we each possess to make a difference in this world. Especially if we are bold in our convictions.

For years, our congregation produced a noteworthy Christmas concert. We worked for months perfecting the music. We decorated the chapel like a Currier and Ives print. We baked cookies and served cider, and we packed the chapel past the overflow partition and deep into the Cultural Hall with neighbors and friends, many of whom were of different faiths, but sharing our common faith in Christ. It was the highlight of my Christmas for many years.

Music sends a powerful invitation to the Holy Spirit to come and abide in us. I love music. All kinds, and at Christmas, I have some favorites.

I love Handel's Messiah, but I also love the old voices--the crooners and balladeers whose sweet melodies flowed from my parents old RCA--Andy Williams, Bing Crosby, Dinah Shore, Nat King Cole, Johnny Mathis, Perry Como and Sinatra. They were the songs I grew up with, made childhood memories with, and, perhaps I'm slightly prejudiced, but I think they were the best Christmas performances of all times.

Let me hear a bar of two of "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire. . ." and I'll tear up. Play "The Messiah" and my throat will grow tight. "Send strains of "White Christmas," "I'll Be Home For Christmas," or "Away in a Manger" anywhere near me, and I'll feel my arms prickle. It is magical.

So what's your favorite Christmas song? Let's make a list.



  1. That's a difficult choice. Every Christmas song holds different memories. "The Messiah" tops the list because without "The Messiah" there wouldn't be Christmas. Our family always sings "Away in a Manger" when we go caroling...and I enjoy listening to "Mary, Did You Know?" Then again, "Oh Holy Night" is a staple. sheesh...I can't decide. Now I have to dig out all the music and find someone to sing with!

  2. I'd be singing with you if we were nearer! Those are all wonderful too. I also love "Mary, Did You Know?"