by Dean Porzel
I look forward every year to the end of October, when I transfer my IPod preferred music playlist from my ” 5 Star” or “Road Trip” mix to a playlist called “Holiday Mix”. This folder contains the best of my easy listening 5 Star playlist with a blend of my favorite Christmas selections, eventually transitioning to a folder in December of strictly Christmas music.
Because the Christmas season is a time of reflection and remembrances, the songs I find in these mixes are a blend of beautiful musical passages and lyrics that will assuredly bring a wave of nostalgia and tears to my eyes and as the words and music bring me closer to friends, family, and my faith.
What a wonderful blessing music is to our lives, and I am so happy that Christ Lutheran Church has always emphasized music in our worship experience as an important part of our spiritual connection to our God and our beliefs.
Favorites abound, from beautiful coral pieces, such as “See Amid the Winter Snow” and “Before the Marvel Of This Night”, to lyrical standouts such as “The Christmas Shoes” and “Little Alter Boy” (yes, I am a faithful Lutheran), and “Where Are You Christmas”. Inspirational up tempo tunes such as “Light Of the Stable” and “Jesus, Born On This Day” round out my playlist of the season.
In God’s grand plan, He has enriched our time on this earth with the many instruments of music, from the violin, to the piano, to the human voice and of course the guitar. He has blessed many individuals with a special talent of combining these tools in amazing ways to create the sounds of Christmas. We may not all have the talent these special composers, musicians and vocalists have, but we all have the ability to identify the sounds that inspire us and allow us to connect, if only for a few weeks a year, to our past and bring us closer to our Savior as we anticipate and then celebrate His birth.
“I hear the bells are ringing loud and clear
You can’t help but love this time of year
It’s Christmas time, there’s something in the air
There’s a little bit of heaven everywhere
Somehow there’s a little more of love
Maybe there’s a little less of us
Or maybe were just slightly more aware
There’s a little bit of Heaven in the air
It’s the smile on a man who has finally found hope
It’s the tears of a mother whose child has come home
It’s the joy that we feel and the love that we all share
It’s a little bit of heaven everywhere”
Ben Glover and Francesca Battistelli
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0uxSVtG230 (See Amid the Winters Snow)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpkI7GW2V34 (The Christmas Shoes)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7DduTxHqt4 (Before the Marvel of This Night)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lt87fGKaSA (Little Alter Boy)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSMjgNMdzEI (Where Are You Christmas)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qln7ADh3dTA (Light of the Stable)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ow0gahAfn8 (Jesus Born On This day)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmPcMJrTL3Q (Heaven Everywhere)
Merry Christmas to all! All you have to do is……Listen