Christmas Tree, Bye-Bye

How to keep your Christmas tree alive through the holidays

*Sigh* I have to take down our Christmas tree today, it’s getting dried-out. Lug all the boxes out of the closet, pack the ornaments, stuff the boxes back into the closet, haul the tree out to the curb… and somehow get all my writing done while I’m at it. I wish we had a picture of our tree. We don’t know if we can get the hi-tech camera to work at all.

I can only pray, O Lord, that you bless this Christmas past and give it power to work for good all year long, right up to next Christmas.

Without your blessing we wouldn’t last two days.

One More Christmas Carol

I still need Christmas! This poor fallen world needs it every day. Only Christ can save us. Only the Holy Spirit can equip us for His service. And if I go on much longer, I’ll babble, so here it is, one more Christmas carol–It Came Upon a Midnight Clear.

‘Caro Gesu Bambino’

Here’s a carol that I’ve never heard before–Caro Gesu Bambino, sung by Andrea Bocelli.

The Christmas Carol Contest is over, but we do take hymn requests every day, all year long… and it would be nice to have a few today.

‘Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring’

I meant to save this one for Christmas, but then Christmas came along and I forgot it–too many plates to juggle.

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, by Johann Sebastian Bach, performed by the New London Symphony Orchestra–good for any day of the year.

We’ve Had Two Carol Contest Winners

“Elder Mike” has also won the carol contest: he asked for We Three Kings, and it go 25 views. Pick your prize, Mike.

We’ve also decided on a new editorial policy here. From now on, we’ll be open for Christmas hymns all year long. I think we need it. I’m sure I do!

We Have a Carol Contest Winner!

Yes, we have a winner in our annual Christmas Carol Contest! In fact, we have two winners, tied with 25 views apiece for the carols that they nominated.

And the winners are Phoebe, for How Unto Bethlehem, and Elder Mike for We Three Kings. 

Prizes! Well, you have a choice. An autographed book in my Bell Mountain series–and you can hold out for the next one, Behold!, if you don’t mind waiting; A red T-shirt that says “If they have to kill us, they’ve lost”; or a little bag of plastic army men for when you’re feeling nostalgic. (Sorry, the gold mask of Tutankhamen is no longer available.)

Guess I’d better play We Three Kings, too.

By Request, ‘Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming’

Requested by Michele. This is a new hymn for me, one I never heard before: Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming, by the Cathedral Singers. A choir is a living music instrument: amazing, how they get it to work.

And if you have any carols to enter in the carol contest, now’s the time to do it.

By Request, ‘Christmas Is Always’

Last day of our Christmas Carol Contest! Tomorrow I’ll announce the winner.

Meanwhile, requested by Erlene–Christmas Is Always: introduced by Carroll Roberson, sung by Donna Roberson. The background scenery tells me we’re not in New Jersey anymore.

Encore, ‘Mary’s Boy Child’

Only today and tomorrow, that’s all that’s left of our Christmas Carol Contest. So get those entries in. Meanwhile, I wonder if I should play them now and then throughout the year.

Requested by Ina, Mary’s Boy Child, by Boney M.

By Request, ‘O Come Let Us Adore Him’

Yes, it’s still Christmas-time here! And our carol contest is still ongoing.

Requested by SlimJim: O Come Let Us Adore Him, by Rosemary Siemens (I think).

Do I need to remind you that we’re offering a prize? Autographed book, cool T-shirt, little band of plastic army men… Sorry, but we couldn’t offer a bicycle.