Christmas Carols & Hymns

Yesterday’s sermon at church encouraged our congregation to consider Christ in the midst of what can be a whirlwind Christmas season. The message resonated with me because I do love Christmastime, with beautiful decorations everywhere and wonderful time spent with family and friends, and I can get caught up in the activities and put the meaning on the back burner. So this was a well-timed reminder to continue to be intentional about the true message of Christmas and to delight in the Lord as we celebrate Advent and count down to December 25.

For those of you who are also looking for ways to keep the birth of Jesus at the center of your holiday celebrations, I highly recommend the book The First Noel: A Child’s Book of Christmas Carols to Play and Sing, published by DK Publishing. It has beautiful, exquisite artwork on each page from deceased and living artists. The music arranged by Lesley Applebee and Nigel Thomas is excellent for singing reference and instrumental accompaniment. The lyrics for each carol or hymn are printed on the page.

All in all, this is an elegant yet accessible book for children and adults. Many of the songs are well-known favorites, but there were a few new ones for me!

I hope that you have a wonderful Christmas season, and may the peace and joy of the Lord shine brightly in your hearts and homes.

Best Ages: pre-k and up

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