My Top 25 Christmas Songs of All Time–What are yours?

Dec 2, 2009 by

As you might think, I'm big into Christmas.  Always have been.  Part of Christmas to me also is the music that goes along with it.  I can honestly tell you that in the past 30-some-odd years, I've never put up the Christmas tree without playing Christmas Is… by The Percy Faith Orchestra.  I play the whole album and regard it as one of my favorites of all time.  1085261

So in my iTunes Playlists for Christmas, here are my top 25.  I encourage you to try each of them out if you don't already have them.  Which of the 25 is my absolute favorite?  Hm.  I really have no idea.  They're all pretty darned good.

1)  White Christmas, Bing Crosby

2) Do They Know It's Christmas, Band Aid

3)  We Need A Little Christmas, The Percy Faith Orchestra

4)  Sleigh Ride, KT Tunstall

5)  Winter Wonderland, Johnny Mathis

6)  Christmas in Dixie, Alabama

7) Blue Christmas, Cheryl Crowe

8) The Little Drummer Boy, The Harry Simeone Chroale

9) Happy Christmas, War Is Over, John Lennon

10)  All I Want For Christmas Is You, Mariah Carey

11)  Linus & Lucy, Vince Guaraldi Trio

12) Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reigndeer, Burl Ives

13)  Frosty The Snowman, Jimmy Durante

14)  You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch, The MGM Studio Orchestra

15) Merry Christmas Darling, The Carpenters

16)  His Yoke Is Easy, The Royal Philharmonic & Royal Choral Society

17) Wonderful Christmastime, Paul McCartney

18)  Christmas Is … The Percy Faith Orchestra

19)  Home For The Holidays, Perry Como

20)  All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth, The Chipmunks

21)  Maybe Next Year (X-Mas Song), Meiko

22) Baby It's Cold Outside, Tom Jones & Cerys Matthews

23) Tinsel Town, SHeDAISY

24)  Christmas Is Just Around The Corner, Barry Manilow

25)  The Chanukah Song, Adam Sandler

Again, the order of the songs is debatable.  But to me, any Christmas song playlist has to have these 25 in it to have the best of mixes.  Enjoy. 

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Mike Huckabee’s ‘A Simple Christmas’ is Simply Special & Worth Buying

Nov 29, 2009 by

Throughout much of 2009, I've had the opportunity to hear the Huckabee reports as they've played on the local talk radio station, WBAP, here in Dallas.  Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who ran for president last go-around, has authored "A Simple Christmas," a 205-page book containing 12 special Christmas stories about his life and each of them are worth the read. 

The book is available in print from The Penguin Group and in many forms.  You can get it in print, get it in eReader on Barnes and Noble, Kindle, and then download the audio off of iTunes and listen to Huckabee read it, which in and of itself, adds a dimension one isn't normally accustomed to with a book. 51yM-zeFJIL._SL500_AA240_

I enjoyed this book from Page 1 of the Preface where Huckabee points out the humble beginnings of Christ's birth–basically in a barnyard, and the fact that the manager, was "An animal's food dish." 

Writes Huckabee: "The 'manger' was nowhere near as romantic as it sounds. It was simply a rough wood water or feed trough for the animals. Not long before the son of God was placed in it, livestock had eaten grain out of it. God spent His first few moments as a human in a food dish."  If that doesn't bring it home, then there's one more point he makes.

The whole bit about Silent Night, has to have been a farce.  We're talking about a teen mother here, having her baby in a barn, with no doctor, hot water and the cliche-ish plenty of towels.  No epidurals, sterile beds, and the question would have been who would have been louder?  Mary having the baby or Jesus coming into this world?

But this book takes its readers on a journey of the challenges/opportunities that sometimes present themselves in our lives, and this Christian man's approach to dealing with them in a simple way in faith and reverence to God. 

I felt a few times he walked right of the edge of the book feeling a little too political, but at it's heart, it's a pure book to help give a reader insight on what Christmas ought to be–less stress, and more about how you've been blessed.

I'll read this book each year and play it on iTunes at various times as I endure the challenges of the future and use it to refocus my attentions back on the importance of my faith, the message that our Lord God in human form began his life on earth as a baby born in the simplest of fashion and with the knowledge that no matter how feel it feels God has wandered from me, most likely it's me who has wandered from him.

I encourage you to pick this book up this holiday season. Huckabee is on a nationwide book tour and was here in Dallas Friday night, though I couldn't head over there to see him because I was out in front being the neighborhood's Santa.  But it'd be worth your time to go see him if you can and thank him for letting God use him to tell such a powerful story, a simple story, about what it's like to have A Simple Christmas.

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Do you have enough lights on your Christmas Tree? How to know if you need more…

Nov 29, 2009 by

Oh Christmas tree, oh, Christmas tree, do you have enough lights on thee?

It’s an important question to ask.  Do you know the secret to being able to answer this question?

And what about those LED lights that Wal-Mart is selling this year?  What effect do they provide?

The answers are all in this video:

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Balch Springs “Reindeer” for upcoming Youth Theatre performance

Nov 13, 2009 by

I've got to say, these are some of the cutest "reindeer" that I've ever seen.  Two of my daughters are getting ready to be in the local play.  They've been working hard on their lines and the practices.  I think they're learning a lot from this new activity in their lives.  And they came upon it fortuitously.  

I volunteered to take photos for the theater company to help be supportive in my local community.  When I arrived to shoot the first shots, they asked the girls if they wanted to be in it.  That's all it took.

This has been a good experience for me, too.  Only after close inspection would one even notice that I've blanked out much of the background, including a person behind one of the reindeer.  All this was done using Aperture 2

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“We don’t realize that God is all we need until God is all we’ve got”

Nov 13, 2009 by

I just saw this post on Twitter.  It's been retweeted several times already this morning, but this could not be more true.  "We don't realize that God is all we need until God is all we've got."  I couldn't tell who it was attributed to, but it says it all.

And I would guess that some of us soon forget this once other things start returning to our daily lives. 

There have been times in 2009 when I thought that I didn't even have God.  It's been a horrific year for our family; the depths of which we shall not soon recover.  Clearly, we'll never be who we were at the beginning of the year.  So many things have affected us. 

Satan has been attacking us and I've said in this space, and my soon-to-be retired blog over on, that at times I felt like a modern-day Job

Please keep praying for our family.  The forces of evil have struck us with some considerable blows this year, but with God in our lives, we shall prevail.  Thank you, God.  With you, we don't need anything else.

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95 Days until Christmas 2009, just saying.

Sep 19, 2009 by

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Bridge Over Troubled Water Lyrics; soothing relief

Aug 20, 2009 by

I needed to hear this song tonight.  And I played it.  Now it's your turn, in your time of need.  Thanks, Paul and Art.

When youre weary, feeling small,
When tears are in your eyes, I will dry them all;
Im on your side. when times get rough
And friends just cant be found,
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down.
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down.

When youre down and out,
When youre on the street,
When evening falls so hard
I will comfort you.
Ill take your part.
When darkness comes
And pain is all around,
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down.
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down.

Sail on silvergirl,
Sail on by.
Your time has come to shine.
All your dreams are on their way.
See how they shine.
If you need a friend
Im sailing right behind.
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind.
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind.

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