Christmas Song Favourites #1

The song “That’s Christmas To Me” by Pentatonix is my number 1 favourite for Christmas this year!

I’ve been a fan of Pentatonix’s music for a while. I love their harmonies and they do amazing covers of songs as well as their own creations. I just haven’t come across a single song of theirs that I haven’t loved!

“The fireplace is burning bright, shining all on me
I see the presents underneath the good old Christmas tree
And I wait all night ’til Santa comes to wake me from my dreams
Oh, why? ‘Cause that’s Christmas to me”

This song takes me back to my childhood growing up and filled with wonder by this Christmas season. And with all the chaos that life can be now that I’m older, it’s so nice to be reminded of the little things that have always meant so much.

“I’ve got this Christmas song in my heart
I’ve got the candles glowing in the dark
I’m hanging all the stockings by the Christmas tree
Oh, why? ‘Cause that’s Christmas to me
Oh, why? ‘Cause that’s Christmas to me

I listen for the thud of reindeer walking on the roof
As I fall asleep to lullabies, the morning’s coming soon
The only gift I’ll ever need is the joy of family
Oh, why? ‘Cause that’s Christmas to me”

I must admit that much of my Christmas joy has come from having my family all around me. It hasn’t always been huge family gatherings; sometimes it’s just my immediate family. But there’s still nothing like seeing the joy and happiness on my family’s faces as we all open our presents and share stories of good memories of the past years.

-A

Christmas Song Favourites #2

Band Aid! I believe it was my dad who first showed me the 1984 original version of the song “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”. And I immediately fell in love! That’s why it’s up here at number two of my favourite Christmas songs!

I think that the melody is very catchy. Plus it is special to see multiple artists coming together for a single purpose! The message is challenging as it gets you to think about how people, specifically in Africa, (or in other parts of the world), may see or not see Christmas. Christmas for some may not consist of snow, fancy decorations and/ or presents. And while we have a comfortable and traditional season, the authors and artists want us to remember those who may not have it as good as we do.

“But say a prayer

Pray for the other ones

At Christmas time it’s hard

But when you’re having fun.

There’s a world outside your window

And it’s a world of dread and fear

[…]

Do they know it’s Christmas time at all?”

For some reason, every other time people have covered this song in the years following 1984, no other group seems to do the song justice. In my opinion, there’s just no beating the original song.

-A

Christmas Song Favourites #3

My third favourite Christmas song is “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby!

Yes, I like the traditionals too and not just new covers!

I can personally really identify with this song. Especially now when we, in North America, aren’t always guaranteed a white Christmas. Some years when it’s green, I find myself yearning for a ‘white’ Christmas!

The lyrics of this song also get me in the spirit of Christmas:

“I’m dreaming of a white Christmas
Just like the ones I used to know
Where the tree tops glisten
And children listen
To hear sleigh bells in the snow

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas
With every Christmas card I write
May your days be merry and bright
And may all
Your Christmases be white”

And this year I did end up making my own cards, which adds something more special to it. Especially when I give them to my family and friends!

Enjoy!

-A

Christmas Song Favourites #4

“Breath of Heaven” sung by Amy Grant is number four on my favourite Christmas song list!

This slower song is from Mary’s perspective. It is a beautiful prayer.

“Breath of heaven
Hold me together
Be forever near me
Breath of heaven
Breath of heaven
Lighten my darkness
Pour over me your holiness
For you are holy
Breath of heaven”

The verses are very meaningful as Mary, in the song, expresses her fears and feelings.

Although this is ‘Mary’s song’, it can also be taken individually for those who listen. That’s one reason why I like it. And it’s a beautiful Christmas prayer for us as well and has a calm soothing melody.

-A

Christmas Song Favourites #5

I sort of thought of this a bit late, but leading up to Christmas I thought it would be fun to show some of my top favourite Christmas songs or carols. So over the next 5 days (including today) and counting down, I will do my top 5 favourites! These may be some newer songs I have come to love or older traditional ones.

Number 5 on my list is “Angels We Have Heard On High” by the Piano Guys!

Ever since I was first introduced to the Piano Guys, I thought they were amazing and so talented! Plus, the hymn itself has been a long time favourite carol of mine. The Piano Guys do an amazing job covering the song. They have four guys on the piano all doing different parts, using hair off a bow to make the notes, and their own percussion.

The lyrics to the song itself have always been beautiful and mysterious to me.

“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!”

Plus the language Latin is a lovely language to sing in, though only a small part of the piece is sung in Latin.

So the beauty of this “Angels” song itself, along with the talent of the performers, make this rendition special and one of my favourites this year!

-A

My Christmas Traditions

Christmas is one of my favourite holidays. It is a season of mystery and hope. I also love the time of Advent leading up to Christmas. For the month of December, every Sunday a new candle would be lit for hope, peace, joy and love. For years my church would have drama performances about the birth story of Jesus as well as scripture read, and the singing of Christmas hymns and carols. It was a good memory and a special time for me growing up.

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For Christmas itself, my family never had a fixed date where we put up the tree. We simply got it up whenever we had a chance in the first few weeks of December. (And yes, our tree is a fake. However, I am not opposed to the idea of a real tree). One of my favourite parts was listening to different Christmas music as we decorated the tree as a family. We have lot of personalized ornaments, and my parents had a tradition that each year us kids would get a new ornament for the tree.

And what would Christmas be without watching the traditional movie classics! My long time favourite has always been “It’s A Wonderful Life”. Its storyline, comedy and message to appreciate your life, all make it very enjoyable! However, a newer favourite of mine is one I was given a few years ago called “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” (2008). It ends up being more of a romantic Christmas movie, but is also filled with comedic moments.

In general people just tend to be a little bit nicer and caring during this time. Haha, or maybe it’s that they’re more stressed. Anyways, whatever this season means for you, I hope this Christmas you can spend time with your family and appreciate what you’ve been given.

What are your favourite Christmas traditions?

-A

P.S. You noticed that I didn’t mention food. That’s because, though my family always has had lovely Christmas meals, it’s the people I spend my Christmas with that make it so special and memorable.