Christmas Wishes and Looking forward

Here it is four days before Christmas. I'm sitting at our local library enjoying a few quiet moments of reflection and catching up. It's the last day of school for my children, and I'm looking forward to spending more time with them and making some new Christmas memories. As I think about … [Read more...]

Keeping your Christmas tree healthy and happy

NOTE: Today I have a guest post on A Beautiful Life about our family tradition of going on a Christmas tree hunt. Whether you cut your own Christmas tree down or purchase a real tree at the nearest Christmas tree lot, you want your tree to stay healthy and keep its needles as long as possible. … [Read more...]

Merry Christmas: O Holy Night and some thoughts about Christmas

Merry Christmas! O Holy Night is my favorite Christmas carol, the first one we sang at our Christmas Eve Service in Glendon last night. Due to spending time with my family, I haven't done the research like I did the previous 11 days on my musical countdown to Christmas. However, I did find a … [Read more...]

Musical Countdown to Christmas: Do You Hear What I Hear by Noel Regney & Gloria Shayne

It's Christmas Eve! As you make last minute preparations, take time to still your heart and mind. Read the Christmas story from Luke 2 and listen to your favourite Christmas carols. Enjoy this second to last musical countdown to Christmas. Who were Noel Regney and Gloria Shayne? Noel Regney was … [Read more...]

Musical Countdown to Christmas: I Wonder and I Wander by John Jacob Niles

  Welcome to Day 10 of my musical countdown to Christmas. Remember to enter a comment for your chance to receive my gift of the day. Who was John Jacob Niles? Born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1892 Learned music theory from his mother and began writing music as a teenager Served in … [Read more...]

Musical Countdown to Christmas: Hallelujah Chorus by George Frideric Handel

Welcome to Day 9 in my musical countdown to Christmas. Only three more days until we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ! Who was George Frideric Handel? Born February 23, 1685 in Halle, Germany, the son of a barber/surgeon Wanted to take music lessons; Was opposed by his father, but … [Read more...]

Musical Countdown to Christmas: We Three Kings by John H. Hopkins Jr.

Welcome to Day 8 in my musical countdown to Christmas. Today we take a look at We Three Kings by John H. Hopkins, Jr. Who was John H. Hopkins Jr.? Born October 28, 1820 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania His father was Bishop of Vermont Graduated from the University of Vermont Worked as a … [Read more...]

Musical Countdown to Christmas: Go Tell it on the Mountain by John W. Work Jr.

Welcome to Day 7 of my Musical countdown to Christmas. Today we're going to take a look at Go Tell it on the Mountain, shared with the world by John W. Work, Jr. Who was John W. Work, Jr.? Born on June 15, 1901 in Tullahoma, Tennessee Son of a church choir director Grew up in … [Read more...]

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