25 Days of Christmas--Day Eight
"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas," so it's probably time for me to "haul out the holly, put up the tree before my spirit falls again." "The weather outside is frightful," but the girls keep asking to go on a "sleigh ride," or at least "walking in a winter wonderland." Yes, this is a corny way to introduce Day Eight of Jill Savage's 25 Days of Giveaways. Here's Jill's question: What is your favorite Christmas song? It is so hard to choose just one! I love the Christmas hymns, particularly "O Little Town of Bethlehem," "Silent Night," and "O Holy Night." I remember learning "O Little Town" at church when I was in first grade. We were supposed to sing it for a Christmas service, but I got the flu and didn't get to sing...I was crushed! "Silent Night" has always been a special one to me. I might not have this right, but I think it was my Grandma Rugh's favorite Christmas song; either way it always reminds me of her (plus, her birthday was Christmas Eve!). We also sing "Silent Night" at our candlelight service at church every year once every candle has been lit...for a number of years, my sisters and I even got to lead the singing of "Silent Night." "O Holy Night" is such a beautiful song. I grew up listening to Evie's (the singer, not my daughter, although the singer was very much an inspiration for my daughter's name!) recording of the song. My sister, Katie, also sings it (and pretty much everything else) beautifully. There are also so many good, more contemporary Christmas songs! Right now, I think of Chris Rice's "Welcome to Our World." Several lines of the song are so beautiful: Fragile finger sent to heal us, Tender brow prepared for thorns, Tiny heart Whose blood will save us, Unto us is born, Unto us is born. So wrap our injured flesh around You, Breathe our air and walk our sod, Rob our sin and make us holy, Perfect Son of God, Perfect Son of God. Welcome to our world. I also love the words to "One King," sung by Point of Grace: One king held the frankincense, One king held the myrrh, One king held the purest gold, One King held the hope of the world." I guess the best answer to the question "What is your favorite Christmas song?" is probably simply yes, for me! I like 'em all. Or, at least, most of them!