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Fun Monday

So here’s your topic…
It’s the Christmas season, and I want you to tell us what are your three favorite Christmas Carols and a picture of your favorite Christmas “thing”. It could be a Christmas tree, or your mantle, or a church, you in a Santa hat. 

My all time favorite Christmas carol is O Come, O Come Emmanuel. I love this song. My favorite version is by Aaron Shust (click on his name to hear and download a copy). The carol was originally written in Latin text in the 12th Century. The author of the words and composer to the music is unknown. It is, however believed that the melody was of French origin and added to the text a hundred years later. The Latin was translated into English by John Mason Neale in 1851.

Another favorite carol is Little Drummer Boy. Not sure why it is a favorite, but I love to listen to it.  I think it has something to do with always listening to it at my grandma’s house. Or maybe it is the fact that I have nothing of value to give the King of Kings, yet he still came to earth and died for me.  The words and music to the Christmas song Little Drummer Boy was composed by Katherine K. Davis, Henry Onorati and Harry Simeone in 1958. The lyrics of Little Drummer Boy consist of no less than 21 rum pum pum pum’ – a major part of the song and therefore presenting an apparently easy task for the lyricist! However, Little Drummer Boy has been a huge hit for several artists. The most notable rendition was created by the most unlikely combination of Bing Crosby and David Bowie (you can find it on YouTube). This version of Little Drummer Boy was a massive hot for the artists and was in fact Bing Crosby’s most successful recording since the legendary White Christmas. You can listen to it here, it is Josh Groban singing (I love him!).

Another favorite of mine is What Child Is This? It is a great Christmas carol and you can listen to it here (Josh Groban again!) “What Child Is This?” is a popular Christmas carol that was written in 1865. At the age of twenty-nine, writer William Chatterton Dix was struck with a sudden near-fatal illness and confined to bedrest for several months, during which he went into a deep depression. Yet out of his near-death experience, Dix wrote many hymns, including “What Child is This?”. It was later set to the traditional English melody of “Greensleeves”. The song has been covered by multiple artists.

Here is a picture of my favorite Christmas thing.

Jesus Christ was born!

Every year it has been a traditio in our house that we set-up and decorate our tree as a family.  We usually pick the day after Thanksgiving or the Saturday after. We spend most of the afternoon and early evening setting up, taking our the ornaments, putting the lights on, putting the ornaments on, and then daddy lifts Sarai up and she places the angel on top of the tree.  Every year I got out and buy one or two special ornaments for Sarai and for daddy.  When Sarai moves out on her own she will already have a great ornament collection to add to! And my tree won’t be bare! Now that Micah has joined out family, I plan to do the same for him.  Each ornament that we place on our tree has special meaning and each holds a special place in our memories.  Opening and unwrapping them is something that I look forward to for most of the year.

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