Saturday, December 18, 2010

fourth week in Advent: quiet

fire in ireland 1 copyright kerry dexter
As Christmas eve and Christmas day draw near, I’ve heard friends and strangers speak of feeling overwhelmed, rushed, and harried, as though Christmas were one more obligation to be borne in the midst of other demanding aspects of life.

There is a different way of looking at it. Whether you believe in the Christmas story or not, it is a celebration of grace, of gifts that are not tangible things, but rather gifts of presence, of love, of light, of connection , of friendship, of quiet.

One good way to tune in to all this is through music. Really tune in, I mean, whether that might mean taking a holiday song heard in passing as a reminder of the season, or singing a song yourself, or hearing friends and strangers sing.

The light and love of Christmas is an infinitely renewable resource, really. Music is a good way to appreciate that.

Music to go along with these ideas

listening to Christmas: Shannon Heaton, Cathie Ryan, Mary Black, Hanneke Cassel
Another Fine Winter's Night: Matt & Shannon Heaton
celebrate the season with music
second week in advent: listen

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Anonymous Melanie Haiken said...

Thanks for these suggestions; I too have been using music as a way to stop and breathe during this hectic season. Happy to have new listening suggestions!

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