Category Archives: Christmas songs

A Christ-Centered Christmas: Mary

As promised in my giveaway post highlighting A Christ-Centered Christmas, I’m sharing ways you can incorporate the gist of the ideas into your Christmas celebrations.  Today’s focus is on Mary.

The first time I ever remember really pondering Mary and her role as the mother of the Savior was 12 years ago.  Mr. Adventure was only a few months old and we spent many hours during the middle of the night, just the two of us bathed in the lights from our tree.  This certainly wasn’t the first Christmas I had had a baby in my arms, but I think I related much more to Mary while holding my first son.

 Last year we were given this book as part of our pondering of Mary.  The text is simply the wording of the popular song with stunning artwork to accompany each phrase.

I continued my pondering on my own and wondered if Mary had any inkling of the greatness and good her son would do in his lifetime and throughout all time as Savior of the World?  Did her mother’s intuition give her any grasp of the influence her tiny baby would have in his community and the world?  She had been told that He would be the Son of God, but i wonder if she truly understood exactly what this entailed?  What was her day to day life like?  What did she do to teach her son about his divine role?

Have you ever take time to ponder Mary?  I’d love to hear any insights or thoughts you might have.  Don’t forget to enter my giveaway to win your own copy of A Christ-Centered Christmas.

Tuesday 10 – Favorite Christmas songs

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I love Christmas music.  I love tuning into the radio each morning on my drive home from dropping The Artist at school and getting in the spirit of the season.  So, this week’s Tuesday 10 prompt from Lena is right up my alley.  Here, in no particular order, are 10 of my favorite Christmas songs:

White Christmas – the best version is sung by Bing Crosby

O Holy Night – my first piano teacher gave me a simplified version as a gift, I’ve loved it ever since

All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth – this is Princess’s theme song this year

Thistlehair the Christmas Bear – by Alabama, I have many memories of singing this with my siblings when we would go caroling to our neighbors.  My aunt provided accompaniment on her guitar and/or harmonica.

Silver Bells – no particular reason, I just like it

Angels We Have Heard on High – I love singing the soprano line in the chorus.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – again, no particular reason, just a favorite

The Canon Carol – I can’t seem to find a professional version.  I’ve heard it done by church choirs and love it.  Then again, it could be because I love Pachelbel’s Canon in D.

The Twelve Days of Christmas  – for a few years, we had a big extended family sing-along.  We would divide up into groups with each group singing a stanza of the song.  One year the first stanza turned into “a cartridge in a bear tree” mid-song.  We then did a version with each group changing their stanza to something silly.  It was great fun.

Christmas Pipes – by Celtic Woman

What are your favorite Christmas songs?