We bought our Christmas tree today and will decorate it tomorrow. After we got the tree situated in the tree stand, Pumpkin ran off to draw a picture. She emerged shortely thereafter with this drawing, which she presented to her Daddy:
That's Hunter, down under the tree, with his hand turning one of the screws on the tree stand. The rest of us are holding the tree steady while he works.
It cracks me up because Hunter, in this drawing, is about a fourth of the size of the rest of us. (And can you tell that he's on his stomach, holding himself up with one hand while he uses the other hand to adjust the stand? That's exactly how he was positioned--I loved her attention to that detail.)
When we were bringing the tree in, I had made some comment about how thankful I was for our big, strong Daddy who could get the tree down off the top of the car & bring it in to set it up. I think that after hearing me say that, Pumpkin thought that a little thanks was in order. She really made me smile.
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I'm so, so happy to be in Christmas music mode at the moment. I enjoy Christmas music so much and force myself to wait until the day after Thanksgiving to begin listening.
Here are twelve of our favorite Christmas songs:
(Not necessarily our very, very favorites, but definitely ones that we listen to a lot.)
(Links direct you to iTunes)
(1) In The Bleak Midwinter, James Taylor: Fond memories of singing this with my family.
(2) Emmanuel, God With Us, Amy Grant: When my brother Joe was one year old, I was 16 yrs old. We started an annual tradition with this song. We would dance to this song together in the living room, and I would spin him around every time she sings "Emmanuel."
(3) The 12 Days of Christmas, Straight No Chaser: Discovered this song last Christmas and was amazed by their talent. And by their sense of humor.
(4) All I Want for Christmas is You, Mariah Carey: Fun to dance to.
(5) Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming, Sufjan Stevens: Soft & slow...great for reflection. The incarnation is so shocking when I really stop to think about it. "Isaiah t'was foretold it."
(6) Sleigh Ride, Squirrel Nut Zippers: Peppy & fun. This might be my favorite version of Sleigh Ride ever.
(7) Baby It's Cold Outside, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors: We love their Christmas CD so much & this is one of our favorite tracks. They just released a video for this song--woo hoo! Love it, Drew & Ellie!
(8) For Unto Us a Child is Born, Handel's Messiah: A Christmas necessity. Gorgeous. (best part: "And His name shalle be call-ed" wait for it...."Wonderful! Counselor!....")
(9) Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Bing Crosby & Ella Fitzgerald: Old school. We have so much fun listening to this one. (best part: "Is it Herman? No! Is it Sherman? Is it Eddie? Is it Freddie? No, no, no no!)
(10) Song For a Winter's Night, Sarah McLachlan: This entire CD is really beautiful, but this is my favorite song on it. The children and I first listened to this song on a snowy night when we were drinking hot chocolate and watching the snow fall. (great lyrics for a cozy moment like that.) I always remember that night fondly, thanks to this song.
(11) Silent Night, Johnny Cash: What a great voice. This rendition of Silent Night is so peaceful--it's like a lullaby.
(12) White is in the Winter Night, Enya: I love Enya & I am fascinated by her. (All of the vocals are sung by Enya and then layered together--isn't that interesting?) This song is so festive. Perfect background music for decorating the Christmas tree.
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I'd love for you to leave me a comment with the names of one or two of your favorite Christmas songs. (I'm serious--we love to add some fresh, new songs to our collection each year.)
If you're bashful, as some of you tens of readers are, feel free to leave an anonymous comment. Bashful people have great song recommendations too, right?