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O Come, O Come, Emmanuel – Christmas Songs 2017 Day 6

I’ve decided to post another version of O Come, O Come Emmuanuel (just like yesterday).
I could pretty much just post versions all month, but probably not.
We’ll see.

This one’s by The Franz Family.


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Little Bilberry – Christmas Songs 2017 Day 4

You may not know Little Bilberry, which is the tune, but you should know the words: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.
A traditional folk melody, sung by Kate Rusby.
From her album, The Frost Is All Over.


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Shining Light – Christmas (Sunday) Songs Day 3 2017

Shining Light by Rend Collective, from their Christmas Campfire album.

The lyrics:

Roman candles that burn in the night
Yeah, you are a shining light
You lit a torch in the infinite
Yeah, you are a shining light
Yeah, you light up my life
You have always been a thorn in their side
But to me you’re a shining light
You arrive and the night is alive
Yeah, you are a shining light
Yeah, you light up my life

We made a connection
A full on chemical reaction
Brought by dark divine intervention
Yeah, you are a shining light
A constellation once seen
Over royal Davids city
An epiphany you burn so pretty
Yeah, you are a shining light

You are a force, you are a constant source
Yeah, you are a shining light
Incandescent in the darkest night
Yeah, you are a shining light
We made a connection
A full on chemical reaction
Brought by dark divine intervention
Yeah, you are a shining light

A constellation once seen
Over royal Davids city
An epiphany you burn so pretty
Yeah, you are a shining light
Roman candles that burn in the night
Yeah, you are a shining light
Yeah, you light up my life


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Love Comes Down (Christmas Songs 2017 Day 2)

Love Comes Down by Matt Maher has themes advent and Christmas themes.

This is a lyric video.


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Gather Round, Ye Children, Come (Christmas Songs 2017 Day 1)

Day One of Christmas songs starts with Gather Round, Ye Children, Come the first track from Andrew Peterson’s Behold The Lamb Of God.
By the way, there’s a livestream of Peterson and Friend’s concert performance of the album which should be being cast at 11.30am on Saturday December 14. Details here.
Listen to this and then go and buy a copy or listen to more on the youtube playlist.


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Wrapping Paper (Co-Mission’s 2017 Christmas Video)

Co-Mission have posted their 2017 Christmas Video.
It’s on point.


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Are We Overdoing the Decorations? (via Paul Tripp)

Paul Tripp offers a few words about ensuring our celebration of Christmas doesn’t obscure the essential message of Christmas:

Guard the Meaning of Christmas
It is really sad how much of our time, effort, and energies are captured by the cultural busyness of Christmastime, rather than the core of the Advent story. We allow Christmas to be more about created stuff than it is about the incarnation of the Creator. We’ve turned the story on its head.
The glory of this story is that the Creator himself becomes a man to rescue us from our bondage to the creation. For some, Christmas has become about bondage to the creation. This is something we should guard against.
We allow Christmas to be more about created stuff than it is about the incarnation of the Creator.
Are We Overdoing the Decorations?
Christmas can also become more about decorating and acquiring than about being rescued. We all want to decorate our lives with beautiful things that we think will satisfy us.
Maybe what we’ve done with the Christmas story is a metaphor for that desire. What we’ve done with this season is a metaphor for how we just want to decorate everything so that life is beautiful to us. But that never ends up satisfying us.
It’s not wrong to want your house to be beautiful at Christmas, but if that’s what the season is about, you’ve missed the whole point. Christmas proclaims that nothing but Christ’s redemption is ever going to give us what our hearts long for, rescuing us from things that can’t satisfy.
It’s not about created stuff, it’s not about decorating and acquiring. It’s about the incarnation of the Creator—rescuing us from all those false hopes.

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