Question – When you hear the word Christmas what is the first song you think of?

1) Pictures of Winter and Christmas


Monserrate church is covered with lights for the Christmas season overlooking Bogota, Colombia (CSM)


Munich, Germany: A child is reflected in a shop window adorned with Christmas decorations and toys


Glastonbury, England: Mist forms across fields as the sun sets over the snow-covered Somerset levels near Glastonbury Tor

2) Last week I posted a slightly different version of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” by Twisted Sister.  Here is the orignal version by Judy Garland, from the 1944 movie “Meet Me In St.Louis”.   I think we can agree that Judy Garlands voice carry’s the spirit of Christmas in it a tad better then the Twisted Sister one.

3) Noel by Anne Porter

When snow is shaken

From the balsam trees
And they’re cut down
And brought into our houses
When clustered sparks
Of many-colored fire
Appear at night
In ordinary windows
We hear and sing
The customary carols
They bring us ragged miracles
And hay and candles
And flowering weeds of poetry
That are loved all the more
Because they are so common
But there are carols
That carry phrases
Of the haunting music
Of the other world
A music wild and dangerous
As a prophet’s message
Or the fresh truth of children
Who though they come to us
From our own bodies
Are altogether new
With their small limbs
And birdlike voices
They look at us
With their clear eyes
And ask the piercing questions
God alone can answer.