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Advent 2017 – Saturday, Dec 16

I love Christmas Music! Some of my favorite memories of Christmas were those times spent singing with the church choir, caroling with friends, or listening to the music of the Christmas season while decorating the tree. When the first snowflakes start to fall and the weather turns colder I am tempted to pull out all my favorites and begin “setting the mood” for Christmas gatherings and celebrations. The traditional hymns and carols help me to FOCUS on what I LOVE most about Christmas… anticipating the celebration of Christ’s birth, sharing this time with family and friends, reflecting on life’s blessings!
 
One of my all-time traditional favorites is “Oh Holy Night.” I remember first loving this song when I was learning to play the piano. It is one piece of music I would practice with enthusiasm and loved to play and sing because of the beautiful composition of the piece. Then, there are the humbling, awe inspiring, and gracious lyrics that bring back special memories of standing next to my Grandmother at Christmas Eve services… I thought she had an Angel’s voice!  “Oh night divine, Oh night when Christ was born…”  Yes, it sets the stage for the gifts that Christ’s birth offers us!
 
Listening to and reflecting on those traditional hymns and carols of Christmas helps me stay grounded in the true meaning of Christ’s birth and find “peace” amidst the chaos and stress the holidays can create. So my challenge to you is to take time to listen to your favorite Christmas music, find the peace that the lyrics offer, and enjoy the traditions that make Christmas worth celebrating! Please don’t forget to invite someone to join you for Christmas Eve Services… standing next to you they might think you have an Angel’s voice!!!! 
  
Merry Christmas and Happy Singing! 

Cindi McDonald, elder