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).

Christmas cards & music – yayyyy :)

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Oh dear – another few months gone & I never got around to making a single post on here – oops.  😦  No real excuse this year either (unlike last!) – just haven’t had anything worthwhile putting up.

And even now – all I have to offer are some of this year’s cards & a couple of my fav songs for the season, but hope you won’t mind that.

Ok – cards first.

Only a small selection of the 400 odd I managed to produce this year – still a good 100 short but that was thanks to a rather important wedding (my wonderful brother’s)  I had to do the cards for back in Aug & Sept – well worth the loss 🙂  Should you take a fancy to any of the above or would like any others created for you, feel free to check out my website for more – Gentle Touch Cards

And now for a couple of this year’s fav songs:


Instrumental but beautiful by Casting Crowns


Casting Crowns


Another take on the same song by Chris Tomlin


Richard Marx

That’s it folks.  Unlikely I’ll be on here again now before Christmas so all that remains me to do is to wish all my faithful followers a Peaceful & enjoyable Christmas celebration always remembering Jesus is the REAL reason for the season (as cliched as it sounds!) 🙂

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor,
Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.”
Isaiah 9:6-7
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Songs for Christmas…

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Apologies again at my lack of posts – still around, just ridiculously busy & distracted with the continuing Christmas Card season (I’ll be making them through to Feb no doubt).  With all the hosp admissions I got way behind so have been spending every spare minute catching up to provide family/friends with their orders.

Anyway – thought since I don’t have time or ability to write a post just now (hand arthritis making typing painful) I’d just share some of this season’s best Christmas songs IMHO (prob actually last year’s songs but new ones to me!).

First off is Chris Tomlin’s Joy to the world.

Next:  Phil Wickham: O Come, O come Emmanuel

Next:  Richard Marx and his rendition of O Holy Night

Finally a superb one from Caleb Collins:  Another equally excellent version of O Come, O Come Emmanuel – sadly this appears to be the only video providing the full song, but if you head to his website you can hear it on there at a better quality.

Caleb Collins has some other equally wonderful songs on his Christmas Album – check it out on his site http://www.calebcollins.com/music.html

Trust you all have a wonderful, peaceful & blessed Christmas & New Year.  Hopefully next year will see me having a better time healthwise & able to write a bit more.  Catch you all then!

ENJOY!

More wonderful Christmas songs….

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There are only a handful of Christmas songs outside of the old & well worn ones that I would bother to advertise to the world as ones I truly believe anyone who has any spiritual appreciation of the meaning of the Season should have in their playlist.

The first 3 are by Michael W Smith – someone whose music I used to follow avidly but now rarely do, until I hear offerings such as these which get me fired up all over again:



Or if you prefer the more traditional – this version of Joy to the World by Julie Andrews is great.  Unfortunately the video recording isn’t, but if you can find it in audio elsewhere, it’ll be more enjoyable to listen to.

All things Christmas :)

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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.  🙂