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A couple of weeks ago I was out with a couple of friends and we got talking Salvation Army Christmas carolling. This in turn brought the conversation onto what our favourite and least favourite carols are.

This got me thinking about the number of times each Christmas we in a Salvation Army band, must play or be requested to play, the same carols over and over again. So much so that I’m sure everyone in an SA band must have specific carols that we hope we don’t need to play over and over again!

For some people though, Christmas carols is the only bit of God they hear or even know about – For example:

  • Silent Night teaches that Mary was a virgin when she became pregnant with Jesus and that jesus is the holy child
  • The shepherd’s came to the stable because The angel of the Lord came down and told them to head to the stable
  • We were told to Come All Ye Faithful because Born This Happy Morning was Christ The Lord

The True Meaning Of Christmas By M.S.Lowndes

Jesus Christ was born this day

So many years before

He came a servant to the lost,

Though he was Lord of Lords

We celebrate this joyous time,

Reflecting on His birth

Not born in a mansion, but a stable

As if He had no worth

He came so He could identify

With the human heart of man

And gave His life as a sacrifice,

Offering a better plan

A plan that reconciles us back

To our loving Father God,

Bringing hope and redemption from

Sins ruling, iron rod

For this is the only reason that we

Should celebrate this day,

To become focused on anything else,

Would take the meaning away

So let’s arise with joy in our hearts

And share it with everyone

The meaning of Christmas will always be

The birth of Jesus – God’s son

Can someone share a prayer with us please.

I have a few favourite Christmas Carols, some because of the music, some because of the words and some because of the combination of the music and words.

One carol that I’ve always really liked is In the Bleak Midwinter which I know some have told me is a bit of a strange carol to choose as a favourite as the music seems quite sad and dismal…a bit like the first line of the carol.

For me the sadness of the music was probably what drew me to this carol in the first place, as most carols have a happier sounding tune if not a more lively melody, so this made me look at the words of the carol more closely.

It is the last verse of this carol in particular that I love:

What can I give him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
if I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
yet what I can I give him: give my heart.

Isn’t that what Christmas and Christ’s life is all about? Have you given Christ your heart this Christmas?

I’m sure we all have one carol which we consider to be our favourite. What is your favourite?

I’m not sure I have a single favourite as there are a few carols which I really like, some because of the music, other just for their words, and then there are those where the marriage of music and words is a perfect match.

This year I’ve been trying to look at Christmas from a new or different perspective, to try to get that excitement back about the magic of Christmas. In doing so I’ve found myself listening to some different versions of some popular carols, some carols I don’t remember hearing before, as well as some I wish I’d never heard!

There are a few carols which many call their favourite, and one of those is Silent Night. So today I’m sharing with you a version of this carol I found by Pentatonix – It’s both beautiful and challenging.

I’ve done a few Word Associations with you over the last while, but as you’ll see from the title this is another Christmas word association today. It may be a Christmas edition word association, but it’s the same format, so I’m going to throw some words at you  and I want you to note down the first word that comes into your mind when you read each word.

So here goes…

  1. wordsRudolph
  2. Bauble
  3. Lights
  4. Excite
  5. Manger
  6. Food
  7. Boxing day
  8. Star
  9. Music
  10. Shopping

 

So how did you get on with those words? Did you find it easy? Did your answers surprise you or were they just as you expected?

Well here’s my responses to my questions:

  1. Red
  2. Tree
  3. Flashing
  4. Presents!
  5. Jesus
  6. Stuffed
  7. Football
  8. Bethlehem
  9. Carols
  10. Mayhem

 

Were any of your answers the same as mine? Did any of my answers confuse you? Did any of your own answers confuse you?

I’ve said in previous word association posts that I find I get a bit stressed when I’m doing them as I put a lot of pressure on myself not to over think my answers! Are you relaxed when you do them or do you find it stressful too?

I still believe that when we respond with the first words that come into our minds, our answers tell us a lot about our emotional state, and what’s important to us at that particular point in time.

Bearing all this in mind, review your answers, does my theory hold true?

By the way, if you want me to explain any of my answers, just ask!

I’ve done a number of Word Associations with you over the last while, and today, as the title of this blog post suggests, I’m going to do another one, but this time it’s all about Christmas! So as usual I’m going to throw some words at you  and I want you to note down the first word that comes into your mind when you read each word.

So here goes…

  1. Baby
  2. Star
  3. Tinsel
  4. Turkey
  5. Carol
  6. Birthday
  7. Gold
  8. Donkey
  9. Manger
  10. Angel

So how did you get on with those words? Did you find it easy? Did your answers surprise you or were they just as you expected?

Well here’s my responses to my questions:

  1. Jesus
  2. Bethlehem
  3. Tree
  4. Dinner
  5. Band
  6. King
  7. Present
  8. Stable
  9. Hope
  10. Peace

 

Were any of your answers the same as mine? Did any of my answers confuse you? Did any of your own answers confuse you?

I’ve said in previous word association posts that I find I get a bit stressed when I’m doing them as I put a lot of pressure on myself not to over think my answers! Are you relaxed when you do them or do you find it stressful too?

I still believe that when we respond with the first words that come into our minds, our answers tell us a lot about our emotional state, and what’s important to us at that particular point in time.

Bearing all this in mind, review your answers, does my theory hold true?

I chose some words you’d always associate with Christmas but I hope they got you thinking a little more about what Christmas means to you. As you may have gathered from my answers, Christmas for me is all about Jesus, and celebrating his birth.

I’ve done a few Word Associations with you over the last few months, and today, as the title of this blog post suggests I’m going to give you another one, but this time all about Christmas! So as usual I’m going to throw some words at you  and I want you to note down the first word that comes into your mind when you read each word.

So here goes…

1. Nativity

2. Christmas tree

3. Carol

4. Bethlehem

5. Santa Claus

6. Christmas day

7. Christmas message

8. Food

9. Reindeer

10. Holiday

So how did you get on with those words? Did you find it easy? Did your answers surprise you or were they just as you expected?

Well here’s my responses to my questions:

1. Jesus

2. Decorations

3. O Come All Ye Faithful

4. Stable

5. Presents!

6. Family

7. Jesus

8. Over-eating

9. Rudolph

10. No work!

Were any of your answers the same as mine? Did any of my answers confuse you? Did any of your own answers confuse you?

I’ve said in previous word association posts that I find I get a bit stressed when I’m doing them as I put a lot of pressure on myself not to over think my answers! Are you relaxed when you do them or do you find it stressful too?

I still believe that when we respond with the first words that come into our minds, our answers tell us a lot about our emotional state, and what’s important to us at that particular point in time.

Bearing all this in mind, review your answers, does my theory hold true?

I chose some words you’d always associate with Christmas but I hope they got you thinking a little more about what Christmas means to you. As you may have gathered from my answers, Christmas for me is all about Jesus, and celebrating his birth.

Where do I start with this one?

Well there’s Christmas carols of course and then there’s the Christmas songs which seem to get more and more every year.

Now Christmas carols I can cope with as they are all about why we celebrate Christmas and what Christmas should mean to every one of us. Then there’s all these other Christmas songs, the majority of which have nothing to do with the real meaning of Christmas and tend to be all about Santa, presents, snowmen, reindeer etc.

Don’t get me wrong, I do like a good Christmas song, but why oh why must the shops start playing Christmas music constantly from about October right through till the new year!? It drives me nuts! Not just the fact that it’s constant Christmas music, but that there’s usually very few, if any, Christmas carols played in amongst all the Christmas music.

Christmas should be all about Christ and the real reason we celebrate Christmas. Please take some time this Christmas to listen to some Christmas carols as well as some other Christmas music – Just remind yourself of the true meaning of Christmas.

One of my favourite Christmas carols is Angels From The Realms of Glory – I hope you enjoy the following performance of this carol: