I cannot believe it's Christmastime again!  I suppose the days are long but the years have wings.  After Thanksgiving, we were able to decorate the tree and put up some lights outside, all with the help of our own little elf.  We even set up a small white ceramic Nativity, (made by the mother of Jay's aunt, Marion, who passed away in childbirth many years ago).  It's so special to have that memento front and center on our dining room hutch.  After explaining the scene, James took special interest in the Baby Jesus.  Hopefully, that little figurine will make it to next year, but either way, it's been worth it to see James gravitate to that other little baby in such a sweet way.

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As you may have noticed, we love music around here, and correspondingly, we make a lot of playlists for different events,  parties, or times of the year.  Honestly, I pushed play on my favorite Christmas playlist even a few days before Thanksgiving (gross, I know).  Though we've made several Christmas playlists over the years, this particular one, from Christmas 2008, always takes me back to that really difficult time in my life.  As I shared in the last post, that was a very dark season, but this music spoke to me; it illuminated some of that darkness in a way only music can.  I loved it then, and I love it now.  As I hear it over and over through the years since 2008, it is amazing to feel the healing that I have experienced since then.  I can't wait to see where I am in my recovery when I listen again next year.

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Now, I want to share this playlist with you.  Many of these songs are updated/altered versions of Christmas carols that I'm sure are familiar ones to you.   Enjoy these songs throughout this joyous December.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

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Christmas 2008 Playlist

{all these are available to purchase and download for yourself on I-tunes}

A few favorites of mine: "Silent Night" by Priscilla Ahn, "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" by Sara Groves, "Holy, Holy, Holy" by Sufjian Stevens, and "Winter Song" by Sarah Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson

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* By the way, the lovely chalk drawing at the top was done by Jay's extremely artistic sister, Alex.  She is a freelance artist and all-around creative.  If you're interested in her services--maybe a fabulous chalk-written menu for your Christmas party or even a one-of-a-kind Christmas card--email her at nightingale322@gmail.com.