Today’s post is by Rachel Maw. I’m the kind of person that could listen to Christmas song all year long. Yes, I know that probably annoys the heck out of a lot of you, but I can’t help it, I love Christmas music. I love all the bells and the instrumental music. I love going to choir concerts and my son’s middle school band concert and even the beginning band concert at the elementary school, although I could have used some ear plugs sitting on the front row this year (who knew a bunch of 4th, 5th and 6th graders could play so loudly). I love singing Handel’s Messiah every three years with our stake (next year isn’t that far away). The more music the better. It puts me in the Christmas Spirit better than anything else (especially after growing up in cold weather states and now living somewhere with no snow).
Here are my top 10 favorite Christmas song in no particular order.
(Note: This list is subject to change at any given moment.)
Carol of the Bells
What Child is This
Do You Hear What I Hear
O Holy Night
Veni Veni Emmanuel
We Three Kings
Still Still Still
Let There be Peace on Earth
You can listen to them here…
This year a particular song has been going through my head. It has been a hard year in some ways. I have struggled with faith. I have been filled with doubt at times and wondered what happened to that strong testimony that I used to have and this song keeps popping into my head giving me strength with the words and music. It’s called Shine for me Again, Star of Bethlehem. It’s the story of a young shepherd boy who follows a star to Bethlehem the night of Jesus’ birth.
This phrase……..(listen to it here Shine for me Again Star of Bethlehem )
“But life goes on, years beyond one brief night of my youth. Time clouds my vision of truth, of truth. And tho’ I stumble and fall, I can hear some one call, “Do not Despair, your Star is still there”.”
………..has always touched me. Every time I sing it I feel something and it gives me hope. Time does cloud my vision of things I have felt and experienced in the past, but I do feel something telling my that my Star is still there. I just need to continue searching for it.
What about you…what are some of your favorite songs at this time of year?