Yesterday was the third Sunday in Advent! We had snow, so church attendance was a bit low but still, many of us were able to join together and pray, worship, learn, and sing some joy-filled and lovely Christmas praise and worship music together. The music of Christmas is definitely one of my favorite parts about the whole season. It can fill a heart with joy, even in the midst of grief and sorrow. And you can enjoy it out with friends, in the car driving to help with grandkids, or sitting at home as you are dealing with all the issues connected with caring for our elderly parents. It even makes wonderful Christmas gifts for the whole family, from toddlers to tweens to elderly parents – both men and women!
Earlier this month, I went on a search for at least one new Christmas CD to enjoy and to give as gifts. I started my quest with Crosswalk.com who had two intriguing recommendations:
The Essential Christmas Collection – primarily traditional carols by several of my favorite artists. I really liked it, and will probably add it to my list of Christmas CDs to give as gifts to those who are just starting to build a collection.
The Point of Grace New Christmas CD, Home for the Holidays – I have thoroughly enjoyed Point of Grace's previous two CDs full of delightful Christmas songs and this is another great one! Offering a nice selection of traditional and new Christmas songs at the bright and happy pace I personally prefer, this is definitely going to be another of my favorites for myself as well as to give. It will also make me the hero to one of my granddaughters who loves country, thanks to its definite country flavor!
Earlier in the year, I had a chance to enjoy the lovely praise and worship hymn songs and music of Steve Green live. We have his kid's audio tape, Sir Bernard, in the car and LOVE it! In fact, I just sent a copy of it to my other grandkids to enjoy. At this concert, we were also blessed by the music of his pianist, Dick Tunney. Oh my, he is also so wonderfully talented. He played What Child is This so gorgeously and looked like he loved it the whole time he was playing. With several budding grand-pianists, I had to get his Christmas Album, Ivory Christmas, for them for Christmas! I'm glad I did as Amazon only has this album on mp3 download, which I like, but for the grandkids, it was nice to send them the audio CD. They already have and love the Cedarmont Kids Traditional Christmas Carols for Kids, so this will be a nice addition to their growing Christmas music library.
At the bookstore, I discovered the Chris Tomlin Christmas album, Glory In The Highest, Christmas Songs Of Worship. I love his praise and worship songs and thought this would be delightful for gifts for other grandkids and myself. And for my senior mom, who loves music with a country flavor, I found that an old favorite, Randy Travis, has a Christmas CD and mp3, Songs of the Season.
How about you? Got any great Christmas praise and worship music that would make terrific gifts for our Sandwich Generation families? I love to discover new-to-me albums for encouraging gifts for my family from the elderly parents on down to the cute grand-tots! 🙂 Even those who don't do a more formal Advent, will enjoy these, and who knows what sweet seeds of God's love we might plant in the hearts of some – the best gift of all for this Advent season. And speaking of Advent, don't forget to visit Floss and A Pause in Advent for more uplifting Advent ideas.