Monday, December 19, 2005

I love Christmas!

A Merry Christmas to you!



We are happily finishing up our Christmas duties and I am wrapping gifts late at night while the little ones are sleeping. I love Christmas and our children are so excited. It is infectious and I look forward to this friday, when we will see my husband's family, as well as to Christmas morning here. We do stockings, and gifts, and we have really really enjoyed reading Jotham's Journey. He has not quite finished it yet, and I believe he ends on Christmas Eve. What a wonderful story. We will have to get one of the following books for next year.


I have enjoyed much Christmas music this month as our local Christian station has played it non-stop all month! We also have a few very lovely albums that I enjoy a great deal. One of my favorite songs is Angels We Have Heard on High. There is nothing like Christmas music to bring about a happy feeling.


Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o’er the plains,
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains.


Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!


Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why your joyous strains prolong?
What the gladsome tidings be
Which inspire your heavenly song?


Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!


Come to Bethlehem and see
Christ Whose birth the angels sing;
Come, adore on bended knee,
Christ the Lord, the newborn King.


Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!


See Him in a manger laid,
Whom the choirs of angels praise;
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid,
While our hearts in love we raise.


Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

Indeed, glory to God!


Some CDs you might like for next year...


Michael W. Smith's, Christmas



Mark brought this home from his trip to Tennessee:


Appalachian Christmas: An Old-Time Country Christmas

(featuring Scott Miller on Hammered Dulcimer)



Celtic Christmas by Eden's Bridge



And my favorite Handel's Messiah from our BMG Music Club a few years back!



There are so many great ones - what are your favorites?


May God give your a blessed Christmas as you enjoy the day we celebrate His humiliation. May you, like me,  remember the reason why He needed to come - why He suffered Himself to become a man so that we could have life!


Anonymous said...

Hooray for CHRISTmas!

You have a great layout on your blog!

God bless!

Sallie said...

That is my very favorite Messiah recording as well! :-)

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Anonymous said...

"Meeting you" has definitely been a highlight for me this year. Have a Merry Christmas.



sparrow said...

Merry Christmas, Kate!

You are one of my gifts this year. Thanks for the emails and comments and encouragement.

God bless!

esperanzavallero said...

We are listening to Smoky Mountain Christmas, very apropo since we are here at the Ig's with a magnificent view of the Smokey's

It also is the only c.d we have, not being big collectors of Christmas Music.

I did wish I had my Christmas song book with us on this trip. I can only remember the words to a few songs, my brain having been very drained by my nomadic lifestyle.

Love and Best wishes for a Happy New Year