Thursday, December 24, 2015

The True Christmas Spirit Can Still Be Seen In My Neighborhood

The True Christmas Spirit Can Still Be Seen In My Neighborhood
A Neighborhood Nativity Scene
Among all the inflatable Santas reindeer and snowmen, some in my neighborhood still remember why we have Christmas and their yard decorations show that Christmas spirit. Jesus came into the world to make peace with God possible. That peace was expensive and he gave his life that we might have it and be able to know God. It is only when we know and trust God we can have that peace.

Jesus "is the image of the invisible God....For in him all the fulness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to  himself all things, whether on   earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross." Colossians 1: 15, 19-20.

The babe in the manger lay in the shadow of the cross.

When I  think of Christmas, I can't imagine it without the Christmas carols that tell the Christmas story in music but I can't decide which is the best version of "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" to share with you here. I want the words to be understood. So I put them both here. I like the first one, by the Norman Luboff Choir best, but it's a medley of related carols and doesn't include all the verses. The second video is sung by Susan Boyle with a choir in the background. She makes all the verses of the old carol understandable. So take your choice or listen to both to prepare your spirit for Christmas.



Some of this music is available for download at Amazon. I have included another favorite album that contains this song for which  there were no videos on You Tube. The links will take you to the album listings so you can see and sample what's on the albums. I like the Robert Shaw Chorale's A Festival of Carols, which includes most of the traditional carols which capture the true meaning of Christmas. You heard a sample from the Songs of Christmas album by the Norman Luboff Choir in the video. Susan Boyle mixes a few secular Christmas songs into her album Home for Christmas, which was featured in the video  above. 

Have a wonderful Christmas!