Lights and Sounds of Christmas

on Friday, December 21, 2007

As Christmas comes nearer, I am trying to put aside the distractions of the world and to really enjoy the season by remembering it is all about celebrating God's love for all of us. I am trying to see, hear, smell, touch and taste Christmas. In doing so, I hope to share with you some of the things that make Christmas real to me.

I am going to start with the lights of Christmas. There is something magical about Christmas lights especially if reflected on the white snow. It also reminds me that Christmas is about light entering into a dark world to give us hope. I think also of the star that led the wise men to Bethlehem to see the baby, Jesus. There is no snow in Malaysia but I still try to get the Christmas lights out and decorate the tree (again no real pine trees so I miss the smell of pine) and it gives me a sense of warmth watching them flicker in the quiet of the night.

This following video might be a little overboard on the lights but I admire the guy's spirit and his artistic creation.



Then there are the sounds of Christmas. For me carol singing and some seasonal songs are essential parts of Christmas. I enjoy singing along. With this next video I hope to capture part of the special sounds of Christmas. The song by the Drifters is one of my favorite popular Christmas songs.



Finally and perhaps most important for me is to also find some silence to remember the birth of Christ and to honor and worship him. This last video has Sarah MacLaughlin singing a very interesting version of my favorite carol, O little town of Bethlehem. The phrase "And in Thy dark streets shineth the everlasting Light, the hopes and fears of all the years are met in Thee tonight" reminds me of what was at stake with Christ's birth. I am reminded that God loved us and He gave light to our darkness and hope for our despair. Have a Blessed Christmas everyone.

54 comments:

blackcrag said...

Some well chosen clips there, LGS. The last song is particularly beautiful, and not just due to the talent of a fellow Canadian.

evalinn said...

Thanks LGS, for bringing the spirit of Christmas in so many different ways! That light video is mad. So mad it´s funny. Whatever puts u in the Christmas mood! Merry Christmas, LGS!

Dave said...

Sarah MacLaughlin ... One of my favorite artist! Thanks for the video LGS! :-)

MedStudentWife said...

A very merry Christmas,LGS, and bright blessings to you and your family for 2008 :)

Open Grove Claudia said...

This is a beautiful post Squirrelly! Thanks for sharing it. You are so beautifully open with your God and spirit. As always you inspire and refresh.

Merriest of Christmas's to you!

HeiressChild said...

hi LGS, i can see that a lot of thought and love went into this post. thank you. it gets really crazy sometimes this time of year with the shoppers and madness of shopping, but it's nothing like keeping our focus on the real meaning behind Christmas.

CS said...

I love Christmas, too, and the message of love and hope. Merry Christmas to you!

Ruth said...

Great post Calvin...The house with the lights was awesome, but glad I'm not his neighbor, and there is not a better singer than Sarah MacLaughlin..she has a voice of a angel. Merry Christmas my friend.

Claire said...

I love Sarah MacLaughlin! And I love Christmas too. Thanks Squirrel!

leslie said...

I agree that these are some really good choices for the season. Lovely rendition by Sarah (who happens to be from here!)

eastcoastdweller said...

Lone Grey, I deeply respect your clear and sincere faith -- so refreshing in a world plagued by both apathy and fanaticism.

I, too, love Sarah McLaughlin, always have -- She has a voice that haunts you to your very soul.

Thank you for sharing this with us.

Josie said...

Calvin, what a fabulous post! You manage to put a touch of your zany humor into it. And I love Sarah MacLaughlin. She's from Vancouver, by the way, and she looks exactly(!) like my daughter.

I love Christmas too. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Blessed Christmas blackcrag,
Thanks. That last song is beautiful and that version is refreshing. I find very often that I hear a singer or a band and I say I like it and discover later it is Canadian. There really is a Canadian cultural identity that is distinct, I believe.

evalinn,
Thanks. Notice I did not mention food? It also puts me in the mood but alas it also puts excess weight when I am already too short for my weight! Blessed Christmas,Evalinn.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

dave,
You're welcome. Sarah's special and maturing well. I like this version of the old carol. Blessed Christmas.

msw,
Thanks and God's rich blessings for you and yours for Christmas and the new year too.

claudia,
Again such kind words. Thank you. But I do hope that the post does help us all to zone out the distractions and enjoy the sweet core of Christmas.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

sylvia,
I too was once caught up in exchanging gifts and though fun it was tiring and eventually felt like a chore. I now prefer to not do that and rush around like a mad man. Instead of exchanging gifts, it is much better to concentrate on giving a gift to those who need it but cannot reciprocate. Allows us to focus on the peace, the joy and the love of Christmas. Blessed Christmas, Sylvia.

cs,
I would like to especially wish you peace, love and hope and all of God's rich blessings for you and yours this Christmas and new year.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

ruth,
Nice picture of two dogs! I too am glad not to be his neighbour (man with lights). May you experience God's love and peace this Christmas and in the new year.

claire,
Looks like Sarah's everyone's favorite. Have a blessed Christmas, wildcat.

leslie,
Do you know her ....like personally......like from the old neighbourhood......like to be able to ask for an autograph? Now I wouldn't mind seeing that in my Christmas stocking! LoL. Blessed Christmas. :)

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

ecd,
Such kind words. Thank you. You are so right that apathy, fanaticism and I might add arrogance and cynicism is rife in the world today. Each of us must be a beacon against this gathering darkness. Have a blessed Christmas.

josie,
Could I ask for a large photo of your daughter then, with the message "with love from Sarah" written on the back? Blessed Christmas. May it be spent in an atmosphere of peace, joy and love with family this festive season.

Janice Thomson said...

Calvin this was an exceptional post. I enjoyed every word, every song and even the lights though I'd get dizzy if I watched them for very long LOL
Ah sweet Sarah - such a voice she has.

patterns of ink said...

I love coming here. Thanks for always including the most important things.

Please forgive this long comment.

I have a favor to ask. On New Years weekend, I will be giving my mom a hard copy of the story I wrote about Mom and Dad's first year of marriage. It's all done but the epilogue. At the end of the printed draft, I will include excerpts from comments that would be of encouragement to my mom. I'd be honored if you (and any of your readers who may be aware of the story) would leave some a comment that I could include in that end section the the "book" for Mom. She is in a battle with cancer and recently got some bad news, but please don't mention that directly in a comment. I'd rather she not know I prompted this.

I will be away from internet access for a few days, but hope to have lots of "notes" that would encourage Mom at the end of that printed draft.
Thanks, LGS.
Merry Christmas!

Gina said...

Your BEST post ever. Uplifting and peaceful. joyful. Thanks LGS! You bring the true spirit of Chirstmas to light. Loved the clips! Now I'm ready to have Christmas. A wonderful Christmas to you and your family.

Jocelyn said...

Your sincerity, as ever, is very affecting. As a bit more of a pagan, I am very moved by the Solstice and appreciate all the "lights" in the midst of our literal darkest days.

Best of holidays to you and your family.

Jocelyn said...

Your sincerity, as ever, is very affecting. As a bit more of a pagan, I am very moved by the Solstice and appreciate all the "lights" in the midst of our literal darkest days.

Best of holidays to you and your family.

HeiressChild said...

i want to wish you and your family a safe and blessed holiday season. HAVE A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

janice,
thanks for the kind words from you which are always appreciated.

tom,
what a great idea and what a wonderful thing that you are doing for your mom. I will put my mind to the task and hope other readers will too.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

gina,
My best post ever? why thanks! Glad you found it helped with the Chritmas cheer. God bless.

jocelyn,
I also observed the solstice as part of my Chinese heritage where we have a winter Harvest festival and family reunion on that day. Just came back from that reunion dinner to type this reply!

sylvia,
thanks. May you also have a blessed Christmas both you and your loved ones.

squirrelmama said...

It is a pleasure to sign onto your blog and have my heart filled with this kind of warmth, generated by sights and sounds of Christmas. Too bad you can't upload some of everyone's favorite tastes too but I suppose there's a law against dispensing eggnog and mulled cider over the Internet....Bless you, LGS!

Margaret said...

You have a wonderful Christmas too LGS. I love that video with the lights. I can watch that over and over again.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

squirrelmama,
Thanks for the extremely kind and encouraging words. Taste and smell blogging should be the next internet breakthrough! Have a blessed Christmas.

margaret,
Thanks. Don't watch that lights video too often....it may be trying to hypnotize you! Have a blessed Christmas.

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