I listen to Christmas songs from Thanksgiving onward (to my husband’s great dismay) and I love all of them with the exception of the Chipmunk song, which, in my opinion, is akin to dragging one’s fingernails down a chalkboard. But my favorite by far is O Holy Night.
I love that hymn whether it’s sung by Whitney, Clay, Celine, former Phantom of the Opera Michael Crawford, and especially by Josh Gorban, that I attempt to hit all the high notes every time I hear it. I usually fail, but that doesn't stop me.
As I'm wrapping gifts or baking cookies, these two lines are the ones that speak right to my heart:
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn
There is something so beautiful in the phrase that any burdens become suddenly lightened and all problems seem fixable. Scarlett O’Hara knew that tomorrow was another day that each dawn is replete with hope. Tomorrow, book sales will skyrocket, my son will eat green vegetables, and my husband will volunteer to fold AND put away the laundry (hey, a girl can dream). Maybe when our new and glorious dawn breaks, we'll all feel a little less rushed and a little less weary.
What is your favorite song during the holiday season?