Christmas Cards & Music

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After yet the best part of another year lost to goodness knows what I’m giving up apologising for the current lack of content on here.  I could blame time (the WORST offender by far), distraction (definitely a good 2nd) and health (thankfully not a major problem this year) but ultimately I just keep forgetting to put something up.

SO, while I try & get my spiritual thoughts into some cohesive state for a ‘proper’ blog post, I figured I’d just do my usual and share some of my cards from this year along with a couple of amazing Christmas songs to enjoy.

So cards first – unfortunately this year I somehow still haven’t managed to get caught up after last year’s wedding when I lost 2 months out of my Christmas card season, so I ended up having to do a lot more repeats than I normally like, and thus haven’t too many new designs to reveal.  But hopefully you’ll enjoy what few are here.

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Now on to music – I’ve only really listened to Paul Baloche an odd time before now, but his Christmas music is just superb!   If you’ve not heard him before, have a listen to these offerings from his Christmas Worship Albums.

Then a nippy one from Chris Tomlin

And finally a quieter but all the more beautiful rendition of another favourite.

And given how fast time is still flying in, I would doubt my ability to get another post out this side of 2016, so all that remains is for me to thank you all for your faithful support in visiting, & wish you a truly wondrous & peaceful Christmas and a blessed 2016.

“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His Name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince Of Peace. 7 Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his Kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with Judgment and with Justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this” (Isaiah 9:6-7).

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Despite the fact that I consider Christmas a pagan celebration and more things wrong with it than right I’m no different to many in enjoying some of the things that go with it – I’m a sucker for lights while I won’t have a tree and love much of the music although very selective in what I’ll listen to routinely.   And when looking at some of the searches being undertaken that seem to be centering around these things I figured I could maybe help some people out on places to find what they’re looking for more than on my site 🙂

tso-2.jpgFor the best of alternative Christmas music – i.e. orchestral more than sung – you can’t beat the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) renditions of many of the familiar songs – some are truly fast and furious.   While I actually do quite like Classical music I’m not huge on it as some would be, but could listen to TSO (not true classical) forever – some of their music has such a strong rock beat I have to be really careful playing it in the car!!  Check them out at:  http://www.trans-siberian.com/multimedia/index.shtml – while they only provide a small selection of samples there, they’re full songs at least which is nice.   Plus if you then head to Amazon and do a search for them you’ll be able to find some of the other songs on those albums and the absolute BEST in my view is Siberian Sleigh Ride from the Lost Christmas Eve album – great for all you rocker children out there LOL!    For those of you fortunate enough to live in the US look them up on tour and go check them out as I bet they’re a ton better live than on CD!

And of course the other musical great of a similar genre is Mannheim mannheim-steamroller-on-stage-cropped1.jpgSteamroller – probably more familiar to many than TSO perhaps but equally awesome.    Catch them at: http://shop.mannheimsteamroller.com/  and of their many excellent songs I would have to go with their Hallelujah Chorus from the Messiah – definitely a new and well vamped up twist to it.    Found on their Christmas Extraordinaire album amongst others.

For solid Christian Christmas media concepts and teaching e.g. for websites or personal pages etc – try some of these:

http://www.geocities.com/heartland/fields/8616/christmas/mychristmas.html 

http://www.teacherhelp.org/chris.htm

http://www.joyfulheart.com/christmas/

There’s a lot more out there than I could ever bring to your attention – so go do some judicious searching yourself and see what you can find – and if you find other similar music to my favourites here, please provide me info – open to any good and relatively wholesome music with a good beat.  🙂