Monday, November 30, 2009

It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Now that our hearts are full of gratitude we can begin talking about Christmas. Yay!

I absolutely love Christmas. The beauty. The cheer. The lights. The generosity. The time off work. The celebration of the most significant event of my faith. The romance. The friends. The family. The food. The miracles. The scents. The sounds of sleigh bells. The packages in the mail and brightly colored cards. The music.

The music.

I love Christmas music. So very much. My Christmas music collection is probably twice as large as all my other music. I love how listening to Christmas songs can still breathe new hope into my heart, even though I've heard them a million times.

There's something about Christmas that feels so real. It has certainly not been the happiest time in my life every year. I've had my heart broken at Christmas. I've faced life changing experiences, found myself at my lowest, been completely broke and overwhelmed and stressed out.

But it's okay because Christmas heals. Christmas is all about the broken heart and the hope that emerges from underneath. Christmas is about starting over, starting at the beginning and believing. Faith. Hope. Grace. Love.

And Christmas music captures that so well! So starting tomorrow...I'll be highlighting a Christmas song I love each day until Christmas. I also have a couple of extremely special guest posts...days I get to take off while others highlight the songs! I hope it's fun for you and that you can relax and enjoy the Christmas music!

I'll also be reviewing a lot of Christmas books, sharing links I find around the web, participating in the Virtual Advent on the 13th, and I've even done some guest posts for others. When it comes to Christmas? I'm crazy for it!

Not a fan of Christmas? No worries, I still have some other books to review as well. :)

Happy Christmas season all!



brizmus said...

YAY CHRISTMAS!!!! I'm so excited about all your upcoming songs and Christmasy book reviews! I'm with you - even if sometimes things in my life aren't great at Christmas, Christmas is still wonderful. The most wonderful time of the year. YAY! :-)

Sandy Nawrot said...

I agree, this is such a great time of year...the beginning of the liturgical year! I love the whole process of Advent. And unlike the Easter season and Holy Week, where there are serious highs and lows, this is just one big celebration. I'll look forward to all your upcoming cheer!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

We play it year-round, but Christmas is a good excuse to play Trans Siberian Orchestra every single day.

Elisabeth said...

Beautiful post & I echo your sentiments! I love Christmas and the way homes are decorated for the holidays. I promise that if I wouldn't be known as the crazy tree lady, I'd leave my Christmas tree up all year.

Jenn's Bookshelves said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this time of year. We already have our tree up and I unpacked boxes upon boxes of Christmas decorations. I hummed Christmas carols all weekend. My husband just rolled his eyes at me. I'm glad to know there is someone out there who loves Christmas as much as I do!

Literary Feline said...

I love Christmas carols--drive my husband crazy sometimes because I sing them off season too. :-)

Ana S. said...

yay! I love Christmas music too, and I look forward to seeing which songs you highlight :D

bermudaonion said...

I love Christmas music too and always wait until after Thanksgiving to listen to it. I think part of the joy in the music is that it's a special treat reserved for a special time of the year.

Anonymous said...

Happy Holidays!! I wish people around here would slow down and enjoy the seems like everywhere I go lately people are in a hurry and grumpy.

Michelle Stockard Miller said...

Hi Amy...I love Christmas music too! I have been hooked since my mom used to play the Partridge Family Christmas album when I was little. I now have it on CD and I still listen to it to this day (my sons are now also fans)! I launched my new Christmas blog yesterday and I have a music player over there with over 50 Christmas songs. Hope you will stop by!

Michelle =o)

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

It is a great time of year Amy, although I enjoyed it more when my children were little. ENJOY

Debbie's World of Books said...

I love Christmas music too and am glad we have two radio stations that are playing non-stop Christmas music. My favorite Christmas singers are oldies like Johnny Matthis, Karen Carpenter and Bing Crosby. I love the duo Bing did with David Bowie.

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