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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories: Christmas Music

I’m participating in the Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories. 
Here’s TODAY’s topic and my thoughts about it.


Christmas music is one of my favorite parts of Christmas.  Music has a way of touching the soul so quickly and leaves a lasting impact for good.  I enjoy it throughout the season, and I especially like the music that sends a spiritual remembrance of Jesus Christ’s birth and life.

When I was a child, it was Here Comes Santa Claus, Jingle Bells and other rousing songs that lightened my spirit and lifted my hopes for opening gifts and sharing fun times with family and my best friend, Nancy.  Music contributed to my heightened expectations of Christmas Eve and especially Christmas morning fun!  There was a TV Show called Sing Along With Mitch where the words would appear on the TV screen and those at home could sing along as we’d “follow the bouncing ball” as it showed the words to sing.  My mother liked to sing, so it was fun to watch the show together with my mom and dad.  Andy Williams, Lawrence Welk and others also had wonderful Holiday TV Shows filled with beautiful music.  I still love the children’s songs I learned at church and enjoyed hearing and learning the new children’s Christmas songs at church as my children grew up.

As I grew older and had seen God’s hand and felt His indispensable loving influence helping me through adversity, the spiritual message of Christmas became the most meaningful thing about the season for me.  Although the spiritual parts of the music of Christmas were present in my life since birth (Away In A Manger, Silent Night, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear and so many others), their significance increased because the love in my heart for a God that was so merciful and kind to me had grown immensely.

When we lived in Mesa, AZ, we occasionally went Christmas Caroling, and we always loved and welcomed the David and Sharilyn Wilson family who would sing carols to us each year.

Each year, I can hardly wait to hear the music of Christmas.  It is not uncommon for me to listen to a little of it here and there throughout the year when I want to feel close to the Savior.  I always listen to it briefly when I wrap Christmas presents—even if I’ve found something for a Christmas gift on sale in July.  Sometimes I turn on Christmas Music in October, and I will admit that it’s hard for me to turn it off in January.

I love the feeling that Christmas Music evokes. . . and the remembrance of the birth of Christ, who I’ve learned through my experience IS the light, the truth and the way.

My favorite Christmas Song is O Holy Night.  Close your eyes as you listen to these beautiful words.

Using this series of prompts is a great way to record part of your personal history.  You may want to use these prompts with your Personal Historian software, and you’ll be a step ahead in documenting your personal history and preserving it for your posterity. I also enjoy scanning pictures with my Flip-pal mobile scanner. and storing the pictures in collections with my Heritage Collector Suite software.  Since Christmas is coming, you may want to find these items under your tree this year.

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Many thanks to Thomas MacEntee of for hosting this each year.  It’s a lot of fun, and it links the Genealogy/Family History community each year in such a delightful, celebratory way.  If you’d like to share in the fun, go to

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