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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Christmas Carols/Carolling (10/02/08)

By Hope Grizzard


Word count: 583


T’is the season to be happy, to be singing in your minds and hearts when you cannot sing aloud for many reasons. Singing is like laughter; it relieves those moods that you do not feel up-to-par. We sing because we are happy, sad, in turmoil, fighting a battle, or have a recent broken relationship.

There are songs for all seasons, songs for Holidays, and uplifting songs that causes us to want to dance before the LORD. Some people have music in their heart, mouth, mind, body, and feet as they express their inner most being.

Soon there will be Christmas Carols over the speakers of the stores and restaurants for their staff and customers. It will irritate some people because as they say, “It’s not even Halloween yet.” However, some people are buying Christmas gifts for the Christmas Season, and they puts them in the mood for spending more on the presented merchandise.

What is your favorite Christmas Carol? “Away in a Manger”? “It came upon A Midnight Clear”? “We Three Kings of Orient Are”? “What Child Is This”? “Deck The Halls”? “Little Drummer Boy”? “Hark The Herakd Angels Sing”? Or could it be my very favorite.. “Silent Night, Holy Night”?

Do you like singing the children’s songs of “Frosty The Snowman, “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, “Here Comes Santa Claus”, “I saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus Last Night”, or maybe ”All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth”?

So many people do not realize that the time for singing Christmas Carols is when you feel like the words in your heart, because Christmas is not Celebrated on CHRIST’S Actual Birthday. So, “Joy Bells” sung out of season is acceptable as well.

I remember years ago, a hayride was had in a horse-drawn carriage filled with hay and people, dressed in warm clothing, hats, scarves, earmuffs, and gloves, piled up on the hay going around in the country singing Christmas Carols. It would be cold and when you finished, there would be Hot Chocolate to warm up your chilled body and those chattering lips and sandwich triangles or squares with potato chips on the side.

In the city, everyone would gather and walk in front of the homes of the communities singing beloved Christmas Carols while dressed warmly also. They would meet at someone’s home, or go to the favorite fast foods and grab some hot chocolate or espresso and some pizza or subway sandwiches.

What is your favorite memories concerning Christmas Carols?
Did you ever get together with your family on Christmas Eve or Day around the piano with guitars strumming favorite Hymns and Carols? These were some very fond memories with my family as I was growing into adulthood. I sure miss those times.

I moved to the over side of our state when I married back in 1959 and some many of the older family members passed away, and it was difficult to get together for family singings. Nevertheless, the heart-warming memories fill some very secret places in my heart and mind.

I hope that you are making memories of Christmas Caroling for your family of today as you sing those oldies, but enjoy the new songs as well. At one time, they were all new.

Do you realize we will be singing in Heaven the “Song of the Lamb”? With some, many beautiful voices already anointed, joining with the new anointing of voices that could not carry a tune.

What a day that will be!

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Jan Ackerson 10/09/08
I'm like you--I never get tired of Christmas music, no matter what month it is.

FYI--the first word in your title and in your piece is spelled 'Tis, with the apostrophe taking the place of the "i" in "it is"

This piece has a nice, nostalgic feel to it.
Karlene Jacobsen10/09/08
This is a great story.

Though spell check catches spelling errors, reading aloud the entry to yourself will catch those typos that are correctly spelled, missplaced words.(ex. "I moved to the over[I'm sure you meant other] side of the state.
Phyllis Inniss 10/13/08
You give a lovely Christmas feeling to your piece and have taken us down memory lane. Nice entry.