Everyday Christmas {overview and part 1}


The Christmas spirit is elusive this year.  Many friends are experiencing their first Christmas season while grieving the loss of loved ones.  We are tender to their grief.  {If you are wondering, my mother is still lingering in body, but her mind is gone.}  These angels were hers.

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Yet we would not miss out on the joys of Everyday Christmas.  This is {part 1} of six posts,today through the day after Christmas, where we will share the music and story of the birth of Jesus Christ.

In honor of those who grieve, we will not share family memories in these posts.

Merry Christmas to you, my readers, and may God bless you abundantly in the New Year.

For those who like to plan ahead,       If not, skip down below to {part 1}.

Here’s the schedule for the posts:

  • Everyday Christmas {part 1}  12/16/2014  Tue.
  • Everyday Christmas {part 2}  12/18/2014  Thu.
  • Everyday Christmas {part 3}  12/20/2014  Sat.
  • Everyday Christmas {part 4}  12/22/2014  Mon.
  • Everyday Christmas {part 5}  12/24/2014  Wed.
  • Everyday Christmas {part 6}  12/26/2014  Fri.

 

EVERYDAY CHRISTMAS {part1}

Jesus is born in Bethlehem

“And it came to pass, in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.

(And this taxing was first made when Quirinius was governor of Syria.)

And all went to be taxed, everyone into his own city.

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem (because he was of the house and lineage of David),

To be taxed with Mary, his espoused wife, being great with child.

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O Little Town of Bethlehem

O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie!  Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by;

Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting Light –The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.

For Christ is born of Mary — and gathered all above, while mortals sleep, the angels keep their watch of wondering love.

O morning stars, together proclaim the holy birth, and praises sing to God the King, and peace to men on earth.

How silently, how silently the wondrous gift is given!  So God imparts to human hearts the blessings of His heav’n.

No ear may hear His coming, but, in this world of sin, where meek souls will receive Him still the dear Christ enters in.

O holy Child of Bethlehem, descend to us, we pray; cast out our sin and enter in — be born in us today.

We hear the Christmas angels the great glad tiding tell;  O come to us, abide with us, our Lord Emmanuel!

—Phillips Brooks, born in Boston on December 13, 1835

This first video is pipe organ only, my favorite, and the tune is not the familiar one, yet still beautiful.


I apologize for this next one.  You have to go to GodTube to see it.  For some reason it won’t embed on my post.  It is a man accompanied by a harpist.  It shows some nice photos as well.

Carroll Roberson – O Little Town of Bethlehem from djskelly777 on GodTube.

I hope to have better success with the videos in the next post.
Please feel free to share in the comments.  You don’t have to be full of cheer to do so 🙂

I can certainly understand, because I, for one, am not.  And it’s not as if the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem was one big holiday celebration.  Let’s try un-wrapping Christmas.

What is your goal this Christmas?  

What makes it a special time for you?  

How has it changed in recent years or in changing circumstances?

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