In what I considered an inspired move, I tried decorate my house for Christmas before I left for Thanksgiving vacation. In theory, I could look forward to coming home to a freshly decorated house and start my December off right.
Instead, I only got halfway done with the tree and came back to a house where it looked like Santa threw up strands of broken Christmas lights all over my living room.
Black Friday has come and gone and left a line of bruised and battered shoppers in its wake. I'm a cyber shopper and thank God every Black Friday for Amazon wish lists. It takes out the guesswork and allows me to find THE DEALS. Most women I know have an obsession with bragging about THE DEALS. If I hear one more time about how someone found the Disney Frozen Sparkle Princess Elsa Doll for $10 instead of the list price of $21.59, I'm going to stick my fingers in my ears and start humming "Do You Want to Build a Snowman" to drown them out.
Just to add to my holiday fun, both of my children were born in the month of December. So that means two additional parties to plan and two more sets of presents to buy. Lincoln's first birthday is Star Wars themed, mostly because Caleb wanted to buy Star War Legos and put them together himself. We're planning a Death Star cake so Lincoln can "destroy" it by grabbing handfuls of icing and smearing it on his face. He'll also be sporting a Darth Vader onesie and will be feasting on Storm Trooper cupcakes. We're all about the Dark Side here at the King house.
Hayden is undecided about her birthday theme. My guess is that we'll all dress up like Disney princesses and have a tea party. I think Caleb would make a good Cinderella. He'll just have to shave his beard.
In the midst of this frenetic fun, Caleb and I got to go into the studio with Alby, our band's guitar player, and create an arrangement of What Child Is This?, one of my favorite Christmas carols.
And for the first time in two weeks, I took a deep breath and listened. Listened to this old song come alive again, as it does every Christmas. Listened to phrases like, "This, this, is Christ the King, whom shepherds guard and angels sing."
William Chatterton Dix was an insurance salesman during the mid-1800s, who became very ill at the age of twenty-nine. He spent many hours in bed and discovered a passion for writing hymns. When he combined one of his original poems with the English folk song Greensleeves, the song What Child Is This? was born.
Dix gave us a lasting reminder that this Christmas is about the babe, the son of Mary.
Not Star Wars legos, princess parties, stuffed Olaf toys, and certainly not THE DEALS.
Haste, haste to bring Him laud.
You can download my band's current song Go Tell It on the Mountain for FREE during the month of December, here. We'll also be releasing our version of What Child Is This? on December 15.
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