Wednesday, December 19, 2012

… peace on earth, goodwill to men

Xmas tree in the dark

ever since i heard the lower lights sing "i heard the bells on christmas day" it's become one of my most favorite christmas songs. i usually like the more uptempo/secular ones, but there's something so quietly beautiful about the tune and the words are sad, but comforting. turns out, the carol is based on a poem by longfellow and the story behind the writing of it is especially poignant.

anyway, ever since last friday i can't get it out of my head. i feel sad, but i also feel hopeful. i suppose that's how we all eventually keep going in this often disappointing and tragic world we live in.

7 comments:

  1. we are all dealing with broken hearts. each and every day, i think it's important to take a moment to remember and respect hardships, but also necessary to grateful, thankful, and happy. sending love and peace and a kiss for the snowdrop! xo

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  2. What a beautiful tree. It's been a hard time for all but I feel hopeful as well in shock but hopeful. XO

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  3. Yes so sad that we live in a broken world, but what a fantastic last stanza and so good that Christmas made that hope possible!

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  4. You're tree is lovely. It is so sad and the tragic events have not dull much for me. I've been snuggling with Roan a lot.

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  5. I'm new to your blog and was going through many of your posts, so I'm sorry if this is quite untimely after Christmas and a year later. But if you like that song, please listen to the version by Casting Crowns. There's a children's choir that sings in the song - incredibly moving actually - gives me goosebumps every time. Here's a live version on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7670CXvPX0 or the album version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bK8xB1opuQ8. Enjoy!

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