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Merry Christmas!

‘Tis the season for spending time with loved ones. In whatever way you celebrate Christmas morning and Christmas day, the most important thing is to create lasting memories by embracing this holiday’s special traditions.

And one of those aforementioned traditions is music.

Merry Christmas! 

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Coldplay on a Warm Day

Something special is lighting up the sky.

Spending Christmas eve with family is a joyous occasion, including the surprisingly warm temperatures. Typically, snow flurries would be covering the ground and car windshields by this time of the year. But alas, Mother Nature has granted us an extra dose of sun instead in the Buckeye state.

From evening Church and being reminded of the wonder of our Lord to being together for an after-service dinner and enjoying the comedy stylings of the Griswolds, this is one of those days that shines above. And even though there are classic Christmas songs from yesteryear that we should be listening to on repeat this holiday season, it’s nice to enter a new CD into the disc-changing rotation every once in a while (man, I’m old).

Coldplay’s 2010 holiday stunner, “Christmas Lights” deserves a listen to on everybody’s night shift.

And the video is classic Coldplay and, therefore, quite wonderful.

Taking a moment to gaze at colorfully inspiring lights during the Christmas season really is heavenly.

The Sounds of Christmas Eve

One of my family traditions was traveling to somewhere new and exciting around the world at Christmas time. Unbelievably, we actually covered much of said world (that sentence was surreal to write and read, believe me!). From Europe to Asia to Canada to Australia to Africa to the Middle East to South and Central America and, yes, even flying over Antarctica for New Years 2002, I will forever treasure my memories from these trips/vacations (inside joke).

There are infinite stories to be told, but today’s post has a specific note in mind.

Let me explain.

When we were in Montreal one year, we got dressed up in our Sunday best on Christmas Eve and walked in the cold and snow to a nearby church. On this specific evening, the church we visited was as receptive to strangers as it was grand as it stretched an entire city block. On this night, we were very fortunate to spot five unreserved seats along the railing of the upper level. We watched, prayed and listened in amazement to the Christmas Eve service before our eyes.

And one part of that night that has stuck with me through all these years was the music. Specifically, the church choir. Perfect harmony and perfect mood for a night as inspiring as Christmas Eve as we begin to reflect on Christ’s birth only hours away on December 25th.

Below is an adaptation of a Coldplay song titled, “Christmas Lights.” In the spirit of this post, the song is performed by Scala & Kolacny Brothers, which is a Beligan women’s choir.

If you close your eyes, you just may find yourself, for three minutes and forty-five seconds, inside a church for a special Christmas Eve night service. Perhaps inside a wonderful church in Montreal…

Perfect tone for today and tonight.

Happy Christmas Eve!