New Christmas Songs 2017 Week 1

I meant to get this out last Friday the 8th but was busy busy.  Then tried this morning but more of the same business.  I hope you enjoy, listen to a few and maybe you will find yourself a new favorite.

 

Messiah by Francesca Battistelli- 

This Christmas Eve by Ryan Stevenson- 

Christmas Back To You by Chante Moore – 

Make Room by Casting Crowns-  

 

Why Can’t Christmas Day Last All Year Long by Alabama-  

Sure Could Use Some Christmas Around Here by Alabama-  

 

Santa’s Wish (Teach The World) by The Tenors-  

When I Was A Little Girl by Gwen Stefani-  

My Gift Is You by Gwen Stefani-  

 

Season Of Love by 98 Degrees-  

Christmas C’Mon by Lindsey Stirling-  

The Call Of Christmas by Zach Williams- 

 

 

 

 

 

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Some Of My Favorite Christmas Songs

Where’s The Line To See Jesus by Becky Kelley- 

His Favorite Christmas Story by Capital Lights – 

Christmas Shoes by NewSong – 

I’ll Be Brave This Christmas by Big Daddy Weave- 

While You Were Sleeping by Casting Crowns – 

 

Birds Of A Different Color : Christmas Eve

 

cardinals, goldfinch, bluebird, nuthatch, chickadee:
art credit: James Hautman

Please take a minute to catch up on the history of the birds: (just click on the links)

Birds Of A Different Color

Birds Of A Different Color: The Sequel 

 

It was Christmas Eve all through the land

All the birds stared in amazement at the Christmas tree so grand

The little birds could barely contain their excitement

The older birds looked on, filled with contentment

The eagle remembered how far they have come

He remembered all the work ALL the birds have done

Which made this day an even more special day

He took his place and said: “Birds, I have something to say”

 

Want to see one--not at a zoo--SOON!:
photo credit: Paula Krugerud Photography

“I’ll keep it short since tonight the little ones can’t be up late.”

“It has been a long time since we chose to love instead of hate.”

“It was a lot of work to repair our broken relationships.”

“As you all know, it hasn’t always gone to script.”

“We have learned from our mistakes, our experiences.”

“We have learned to work through our differences.”

“We have returned this land to the way it was created.”

“For that reason alone, tonight we ALL should be celebrated!”

“We are gathered here today because of the one who was born.”

“Who also died for us, tattered and torn.”

“As some of us birds are getting older,

We know we can’t carry this land on our shoulders.”

“We must teach the next generation

That love is the only way to rule this nation!”

All the birds started to sing

A beautiful sound that caused a gathering

All the animals from the forest came

The deer, the rabbit, the skunk and others you know by name

They gathered around the Christmas tree

They held hands and all sung with glee

The sound reached near and far

Then humans arrived, by foot and by car

They couldn’t believe their eyes

It was then they started to realize

Everything they thought they knew had to be ruled out

Because right there was a hawk singing with a field mouse

There was a bear beside a deer

There was a sheep standing by a wolf  with no fear

There was a fox right beside a hare

All these beautiful birds were there

They could hardly believe their ears

When the animals said: “There is nothing here to fear!”

“Yes, at one time we were all enemies!”

“We decided to let love rule our hearts until our eyes could see!”

Then the humans held each other’s hands

All the different people across the land

Blacks and whites, Muslim and Christian

All races, all people, could see the animals vision

The eagle then spoke once again:

“One last thing to say my friends.”

“To move forward you must move on from the past!”

“You have to live as last is first and first is last.”

“Let every man, every woman, every boy, every girl

Know what it’s like to have peace in this world!”

“Let ALL our voices join together as we sing Silent Night!”

Then they sang Joy To The World  and We Wish You A Merry Christmas

I can only say it’s all true, as I was there to witness

All the birds of a different color

Helped all the people discover

Instead of fighting they should ALL join hands

Because love is the only way to rule the land

Merry Christmas to ALL and to ALL a love filled night 

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art credit: Peter Rabbit

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Let It Be Christmas by Alan Jackson – 

My Grown Up Christmas List by Amy Grant – 

Better Together by Gaither Vocal Band – 

Join With The Angels by Matthew West – 

Little Drummer Boy/ Peace On Earth by Bing Crosby and David Bowie – 

Rest In You Tonight by The Oak Ridge Boys – 

Gather Round by Band Of Merrymakers – 

My Wish For Christmas by R Kelly – 

Love Is Christmas by Sara Bareilles – 

Happy Christmas (War Is Over) by John Lennon – 

The Night Before Christmas by Brandon Heath – 

Love Is Here by Laura Story – 

A Joyful Noise by Little River Band – 

Wish List by 7eventh Time Down – 

Love Can Build A Bridge by The Judds- 

Prayer Of St. Francis by Sarah McLachlan – 

Silent Night by Pentatonix – 

Joy To The World by Jeremy Camp – 

We Wish You A Merry Christmas by Celtic Women – 

 

 

The Little Drummer Boy

Merry Christmas everyone. Happy Birthday Jesus. My last post before Christmas will be on my favorite Christmas song.

I don’t know why but The Little Drummer Boy has always been my favorite Christmas song. Maybe it is the simplicity of it, one verse then pa rum pum pum pum, then one verse and pa rum pum pum pum etc.  Maybe it’s the meaning of it, which to me is the true meaning of being a Christian.

Jesus was born,  a gift to us. He was born to die. He sacrificed Himself for our sins. Because of His birth, and then His death, we can live forgiven. A gift given knowing that we could not repay it. We can come to him no matter who we are or where we are from. No matter what we look like, dress like, what kind of car we drive or whatever home we live in. Come as you are! A little shepherd boy came with the only gift he had, he could play his drum for him. He played his best for him. Then Jesus smiled at him. Jesus wants us to believe in Him and accept Him into our hearts.

Maybe it is the message from the last scene of the cartoon. Jesus changed his heart of hate to a heart of love. Take the time to watch the last five minutes here :

 

Come they told me, pa rum pum pum pum
A new born King to see, pa rum pum pum pum
Our finest gifts we bring, pa rum pum pum pum
To lay before the King, pa rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum,

So to honour Him, pa rum pum pum pum,
When we come.

Five five five five five five what rum
five five five five five five what rum
five five five five five five what rum
five five five ahh

Little Baby, pa rum pum pum pum
I am a poor boy too, pa rum pum pum pum
I have no gift to bring, pa rum pum pum pum
That’s fit to give a king, pa rum pum pum
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum,

Shall I play for you, what five five five rum,
On my drum?
(five five five-part)

Mary nodded, pa rum pum pum pum
The ox and lamb kept time, pa rum pum pum pum
I played my drum for Him, pa rum pum pum pum
I played my best for Him, pa rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum,
(pum pum pum part)

Then He smiled at me, pa rum pum pum pum
Me and my drum.

Little Drummer Boy by Pentatonix – 

Original Christmas Songs Week 5

Week 5 of 5 week posts on original Christmas songs. I hope you enjoyed the five weeks of Christmas songs. Maybe there was one or two you had never heard before. Nothing wrong with the classics, Little Drummer Boy is my favorite, but wanted to showcase some originals. I was originally going to post this on 12/23 but something exciting is happening today that I will post tomorrow. (hint: It has to do with water)

What God Wants For Christmas by Darius Rucker – 

I’ll Be Brave This Christmas by Big Daddy Weave – 

December 25 by Francesca Battistelli – 

Real by Nichole Nordeman – 

The Night Before Christmas by Brandon Heath – 

Christmas This Year by TobyMac  

Family Tree by Dave Barnes – 

Happy Christmas by Colbie Caillat – 

Shake Up Christmas by Train – 

Everybody Deserves A Merry Christmas by Ronnie Fauss – 

Christmas Is Here by Consumed By Fire – 

A Little Christmas by Karyn Williams – 

Christmas Day by Kasey Chambers –  

Just Another Christmas by Laura Story – 

Heaven Everywhere by Francesca Battestelli – 

Christmas In Heaven by Scotty McCreery – 

The Gift

 

There didn’t seem to be much she didn’t want. It seemed like half the toy catalog was written down on her list. Barbies, doll houses, princess things, and dolls. Not to be left out were matchbox cars, board games, Playmobil things, and a football. She even asked for love. She was just a young girl.

Her list changed over the years. Now there were clothes, gift cards, and money on the list. She also asked for  iPods, iPads, and other things that start with I. One thing hadn’t changed though, she still asked for love. She was just a teenage girl.

She had most everything she ever wanted.  She didn’t have much of a list this year. A new pair of Nikes, some pots and pans for her new apartment, gift cards, and money. Mostly, she just wanted her family to be together. She still was asking for love. She was just a young woman.

She had everything she had asked for. She had been married a few years and had her first child. She asked for her child to be healthy.  She asked for her husband to be faithful. She asked for good friends. She asked to be successful in her career. She asked for her bills to be paid. She asked to always be loved. She was just a young mom.

She was confused about her life. Something was missing. She had everything she wanted. She had a great career, she had great friends. She was happily married, had two healthy, happy children and a strong foundation from her parents, but she had forgotten about the one who loved her.  Somewhere along the way she had forgotten about her faith. She asked for love. She asked for forgiveness. She was just a young Christian woman.

She thanked God for the life she had. She asked that her children have a relationship with Jesus. She asked that they don’t wait as long as she did to accept Jesus in her life. She asked that they realize how much they are loved. She knew the gift that Jesus had given her. He was born, He lived, and He died on the cross for her sins. She asked for love and she received the love of her Heavenly Father. She received a gift she could never pay back. A gift given to her a long time ago. She just had to be open to receiving it. She was just a woman on her journey to eternal life.

She asked for one more day. She asked for memories she couldn’t recall. She shed a tear for a child lost too young. She asked to see her parents again. She remembered Christmas past. She asked if she had done enough. She thanked God for the gift of love He had given her. She was just a woman at the end of her days here on earth. She was just a woman, filled with joy for the life she had lived. She was just a woman that loves God. She was just a woman that accepted His gift.

She was just a woman who asked for love.

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer by Burl Ives – 

Children Again by Jason Gray – 

Hold On Christmas by MercyMe – 

The Gift by Collin Raye – 

The Giver and the Gift by Point Of Grace – 

Beautiful by Kutless – 

For God So Loved by Brad & Rebekah – 

Love Is Here by Laura Story – 

Your Love Is Mine by I Am They – 

Leaving Heaven by Matthew West – 

The Perfect Gift by JJ Heller – 

Love Will Save The World by Brentwood Benson – 

For All That You Have Done by Rend Collective – 

 

 

Original Christmas Songs Week 4

Week 4 of 5 week posts on original Christmas songs that I like to bring in the season. I can’t believe it is week 4 already. Nothing wrong with the classics, Little Drummer Boy is my favorite, but wanted to showcase some originals.

Once Again It’s Christmas by Kenny Rogers – 

That Spirit Of Christmas by LeAnn Rimes – 

Reason For The Season by Lonestar – 

The Heart of Christmas, Give This Christmas Away by Matthew West –   

Cold December Night by Michael Buble – 

Almost There, Christmas Day by Michael W. Smith (With Amy Grant) –  

Somebody’s Angel by Mandisa  – 

The Christmas Shoes by NewSong – 

Night Of Hope by Phillips Craig & Dean- 

Why I Love Christmas by The Robertsons – 

Hope Was Born This Night by Sidewalk Prophets – 

Christmas Must Be Something More by Taylor Swift –