Advent Season

2/25 Christmas Songs 2017

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So let us move on to a more tradition Christmas tune. This is probably one of my favorite religious christmas songs. It is sung in many languages and actually fairly easy to learn in Latin.


#2 – O Come All Ye Faithful! ( ironically I have this album–mostly because a couple songs on it were amazing. )

Anyways — according to wiki this song has a real story. Many composers have been attributed to this song- the most famous being the “musician King’ of Portugal John IV.  John Francis Wade wrote the hymn down in Latin as well. The song has several verses, sometimes too many to sing in church and in fact some verses are saved for different parts of the advent/christmas and even ephiphany season. So versitile really!

I think my favorite version of this song is from Charli brown’s Christmas Story.  Yep-you guessed it! It’s the final song that the whole gang sings at the end of Linus’ telling of “What Christmas is All About.” In case you haven’t figured–I’m a sucker for children choirs singing simple songs. Maybe it just adds that little amount of joy with youthful voices singing so clear.

So for your enjoyment, I give you from wikipedia the lyrics …Latin and English included:


Adeste fideles læti triumphantes,
Venite, venite in Bethlehem.
Natum videte
Regem angelorum:
Venite adoremus (3×)

Deum de Deo, lumen de lumine
Gestant puellæ viscera
Deum verum, genitum non factum.
Venite adoremus (3×)

Cantet nunc io, chorus angelorum;
Cantet nunc aula cælestium,
Gloria, gloria in excelsis Deo,
Venite adoremus (3×)


O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant!
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem;
Come and behold him
Born the King of Angels:
O come, let us adore Him, (3×)
Christ the Lord.

God of God, light of light,
Lo, he abhors not the Virgin’s womb;
Very God, begotten, not created:
O come, let us adore Him, (3×)
Christ the Lord.

Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation,
Sing, all ye citizens of Heaven above!
Glory to God, glory in the highest:
O come, let us adore Him, (3×)
Christ the Lord.

25 Songs of Christmas

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This year for Christmas… Instead of following the advent calendar, I thought I would provide some fun and exciting way to enjoy my favorite time of year. It is that time of year that I break out all the musical talent my body can muster. I enjoy singing, playing the piano or even my other musical instruments to run through what feels like the entire Christmas song catalog


So for the next 25 days, I thought I would provide insight into some of my favorite Christmas songs. There will be religious songs, those of pop culture and who knows–maybe even a Hanukkah or two. And I can honestly say I didn’t start playing Christmas music this year until just a couple days ago… And it made it That much more special. Feel free to join in with any fun facts or memories if any of your favorite songs come up.

Song #1 : Promises To Keep

Now–i am starting with a song that doesn’t have much history. It is on the trans-siberian orchestra album and I think it is lovely when sung by the children and not solo (a youtube searched showed me this.)

So here are the lyrics (per this site ). I picked this song first because I felt it was a good place to start for Christmas songs. Simple. At the beginning. And personally while this can coincide with religious meanings…it doesn’t have to. Christmastime can be about peace, about giving, about kindness. About joy. And I do think Christmas spirit has a suty to keep promises of these alive.

This year we really need this. Let’s help keep christmas promises alive!

“Promises To Keep”

Christmas time
On a cold December morning
All is calm
And the world is still asleep
Christmas lights
That have been caught without warning
Gently glitter on
Stars to wish upon
All the world is at peace

Christmas time and the year will soon be leaving
Cloaked in time till it’s just a memory
Christmas stays if we don’t forget its meaning
Days go quickly by
Years they multiply
And we go searching for thee

And the dream is still alive
From that first December morning
And it always will survive
As long as we can see
That the dreams we find in life
Are the dreams we tend to seek
And Christmas has its promises to keep

Christmas time
And the moments just beginning
From last night
When we’d wished upon a star

If our kindness
This day is just pretending
If we pretend long enough
Never giving up
It just might be who we are

Christmas is Here!

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Blessed be! Happy Christmas my friends!

Ironically, my pastor talked about the same message tonight that I feel the advent nativity has been drawing me to all season. That the birth of Jesus was messy. That it is still true that God came into out world. That it is real and that it does matter to me.

And now for something complete different…(what, for a nativity?)

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So by now you’d think the nativity is done. We’ve got Mary, Jo, an angel, some kings and some shepherds. Hey, we’ve even got a donkey and sheep. But we haven’t made it to Christmas yet. (Which is saved for Jesus.)

As my pastor said Sunday…”there isn’t much about the actual nativity in the Bible, but the reactions of those around it.” Using that mindset, the last few additions to this advent nativity complete


The little drummer boy is nowhere in the Bible. He is part of a song, written several years later by a song that is a twist on the magi story. Kings bring their fancy gifts and expensive items. But the little boy brings all that he has–a little drum– and his ability to do something.

I think that’s the point of the drummer boy in this nativity and why he is one of the last to be added to the story. That we are to come to the Christ child. In our world, the real world. Among the others like us and not like us. We are called to bring what we have. All that we have. And what we can do. All of what we can do. Whether it be the fragrant, valuable and rare or ordinary, dirty and noisy.

Hang on–the little reason for this great scene is about to be revealed.


Shepherds in the fields

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The shepherds have always been one of my favorite characters in the nativity. They are people I feel like I can relate to. Maybe because I love animals and if I could figure out how to make a living doing it, is considering animal care while farming. (I know it’s possible–it’s the transitioning and where in CA to do it.) Nevertheless, the shepherds are the common folk. Not the Kings, not the main characters. Not the extras. They are very crucial to the advent story. Because despite the Kings bringing fancy gifts, they do not get the most glorious announcement. The shepherds get hosts of Angels singing about the glorious gift of the baby. And realizing the importance of this miraculous event, the rush with all they have to the manager. It’s s beautiful story.


My advent nativity has one little extra–a black sheep. Though the difference could have negative implications, I always like to think it is the inclusion of all sheep, whether black or white. Or it’s just the Protestant sheep in the mix since this was from a Catholic store (sorry–when I was in England, we had a review of Ireland and there was a picture of a sheep up on the screen while they were staring that Ireland is mostly Catholic. Then while in Ireland we saw a black sheep and indicated it must be the Protestant of the bunch.)