On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me…Ten Sonnets Scribbled.
We asked our co-founder, Hannah, and one of our creative contributors, Shelby, which songs and verses reminded them of the Christmas season.
“O Tidings Of Comfort and Joy”
“God rest ye merry, gentlemen Let nothing you dismay Remember, Christ, our Saviour Was born on Christmas day To save us all from Satan’s power When we were gone astray O tidings of comfort and joy, Comfort and joy O tidings of comfort and joy”
What a wonderful greeting this season as we reflect the birth of our Savior! Comfort and Joy are to very common feelings during the holiday season: Warm fires, good food, surrounded by friends and family. But the very first Christmas tidings of comfort and joy are the most significant of all, for unto us a child is born! –hannah
“you have a heart of gold”
This came to me because of the fact that we have been made new with Christ and therefore now have a heart of gold. This is such a simple yet lovely truth. Oftentimes it’s easy to feel as though we have nothing good in us, but it’s encouraging to remember (especially around the holidays) that because Christ is in us, we have all things good – as good as gold – in us. –shelby
Each year at Christmas, my dad’s side of the family gets together at my Grandparent’s house. Christmas at this home was always centered around Christ and His birth. After we finish a beautiful meal together, all 24 of us cram into the living room to open presents. But each and every year the entire family will recite Luke 2. It is one of the most beautiful Christmas traditions my family does, so this particular excerpt is near to my heart, especially during the holiday season.
“Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” -Luke 2:10-11, NKJV
“oh come let us adore him”
One of my favorite Christmas-time songs. This always comes to my heart when I think about how truly amazing the love of our Savior is. I often have no better response but to simply adore him. - shelby
“Joy to the World!”
Joy to the World is a classic Christmas carol. But I didn’t realize how the lyrics were so beautiful until I was older. This is a worship song, encouraging all of creation to celebrate the birth of the King!
“Let every heart prepare Him room, and Heaven and Earth rejoice”
“there is no place that love doesn’t fit”
This is as simple as it gets. Love fits in all places. Even in the hardest of situations, love belongs there. Let love lead this time of year. We need not frantically search for places and people to love but rather incorporate love into the small and monotonous moments that infuse each day. Love fits in every single place you will encounter today.
“Go Tell it on the Mountain”
“Go, Tell It On The Mountain, Over the hills and everywhere; Go, Tell It On The Mountain That Jesus Christ is born.”
My mom’s side of the family is a more boisterous group than most, and I absolutely love it. My granddad was the choir director at his church so music was always prominent at family gatherings, especially Christmas. This particular song was one of my particular favorites my granddad would sing with us. It shows how exciting the birth of Jesus is, and how we should sing it from the mountaintops! –hannah
“the weary world rejoices”
The world is weary, but the Savior has overcome it. I know at times in my “world” I become weary and tired and scared about what the future may hold. But the most beautiful reminder is that Jesus has overcome this world, and we may now rejoice fully that He is forever with us. To think back to the night, oh how the world must of rejoiced, to hear the words, “for unto us a savior is born.” –shelby
“Come On, Ring Those Bells”
“Come on, ring those bells, Light the Christmas tree, Jesus is the king Born for you and me. Come on, ring those bells, Everybody say, Jesus, we remember It’s your birthday.”
Come On, Ring Those Bells is a song that always makes me feel like Christmas. My granddad would pull his karaoke machine out, give all 10 grandkids jingle bells, and we would shake those bells the entire song through! Nostalgia aside, I love that the message of this song is us telling Jesus that we remember Christmas is the celebration of His birthday. Happy Birthday, Jesus. We are so very thankful you were born. –hannah
“how vast beyond all measure”
God’s love is something that seems so much against what our earthly love has to offer. His love is something that is so unfathomably and scandalously beautiful. I believe this love that the Father has to offer is the true root of who He is. This is the love that allows us to love others. It’s beautiful and humbling to remember we cannot even begin to measure it. –Shelby