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It's Christmas time! One of my favorite holidays of the year, full of fun Advent activities for all our families, in AND out of the Sandwich Generation, from kids to seniors!
One of my favorite parts of this special season is the music – from the fun kid jingles like Frosty the Snowman, to the swing-time styles of Two-Step Round the Christmas Tree, to the lovely Christian praise and worship hymns and carols. These are always a great way to perk up my spirits in good times or bad – especially those songs with verses that fix my eyes and heart on our precious Savior, Jesus Christ. And isn't that a special blessing for all of us in the Sandwich Generation as we deal with all the issues of caring for the elderly parents including worsening health problems.
So my Christmas gift to you and your family, from grandparents on down to grandchildren, is five of my favorite Christmas praise and worship hymn songs and music in my Smilebox eCards Creations over the next four weeks of Advent and on Christmas Day, starting with Light of the World by Chris Tomlin and Matt Redman.
Don't you love these lyrics:
In You all things were made and nothing without You
In Heaven and on Earth all things are held in You
And yet You became flesh, living as one of us
Under the shadow of the cross
Where, through the blood You shed
You have made peace again
Peace for the world that God so loves
They remind me of some of my favorite encouraging Bible verses from 1 Corinthians 8 (NIV):
Yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.
On those days when the Sandwich Generation issues of life can seem so overwhelming, those sweet words of encouragement along with the lovely hymn can really bring light to my spirits. And what wonderful way to share the love of God with our grandchildren – leaving a sweet and musical spiritual legacy in their hearts and minds. Don't you think? 🙂 And you'll find more Advent inspiration, activities, ideas and devotions at The Advent Writing Project, as well as:
P.S. A great resource-full book full of Advent and Christmas devotions and activities for kids and grand children is The ADVENTure of Christmas by Lisa Whelchel. Click here for more information.
Hi Kaye! Beautiful music and I quite agree with you that music is a miraculous joy-bringer in this holy season! I’m glad you are “pausing” this year, too!
Music does a lot to tune my thoughts and emotions into the season, thank you for sharing with us.
Prince Charming loves Tomlin and Redman. You are folk of good taste! Happy Advent, from a Pausing starwberry!
Thanks for this, Kaye! We have realised, slightly to our horror, that our boys don’t know the words of any Christmas worship songs or hymns in English! Our church sings in French, and doesn’t follow the liturgical calendar anyway, so really they are missing out. We’re thinking of taking them to the English language carol service this year, and should also make use of the internet too – thanks for starting us off so well!
Lovely! I love Christmas music too. Well, I love any music that keeps me focused on Christ!
Amen, Jennifer, AMEN! 🙂 That’s my goal for my grandkids AND myself. 🙂 Have a blessed week!
Hi Floss, I sat down twice to reply to this and got interrupted both times. Now I’m finally here – just in time for our next Pause in Advent 🙂 The joys of grandparenting and caregiving!
You’re very welcome. The English carol service sounds delightful. Christmas praise and worship music programs are always a highlight for my holidays. I’m looking forward to our church choir’s Christmas program along with two other Christmas concerts and hoping we all stay healthy so we can make them. Plus, I have delightful Christmas music playing in my iPod throughout the day. It’s definitely a delight.
Speaking of the internet – http://www.KLOVE.com has their music available online – right now they are mixing Christmas with regular, contemporary praise and worship hymn songs and music – plus they have a free download of Christmas music. Also http://www.wjie.org/ offers their praise and worship music online and they are all Christmas music right now. Have a blessed week. 🙂
Thank you quite kindly Magsmcc 🙂 Have a blessed Advent!
You’re very welcome Carolyn. Thanks for the lovely visit. 🙂
Hi Pom Pom, thank you for your sweet comments. Have a blessed Advent week 🙂
Music is one of my favorite, favorite ways to celebrate the holidays! Advent is much sweeter for the tradition of carols, I think. I came over from Charity’s. So glad you linked up to the High CAlling’s writing project.
Thanks Laura, and I so agree with you! Truly a delightful gift from God!