The Gift of Christmas

The Gift of Christmas

To listen to samples of The Gift of Christmas, click here.

To  purchase, click here.

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I love the Christmas Season. Well, at least one part of it. I like the part where we feel moved to give rather than just get. Toy drives for kids. Shoe boxes full of presents for children in all parts of the world. Visiting nursing homes to sing Christmas carols for the elderly and the staff. Gatherings with friends, family and co-workers. Love is in the air.

Christmas is about love and giving because it is a celebration of Jesus who came to offer love, mercy and peace to a hurting world.

Somewhere along the way, the real reason we celebrate Christmas started to get lost in a frenzied attempt to “buy” and “do” and love and peace began to disappear from the season too. I don’t like that part. We say things like “I’ll be glad when Christmas is over and I can relax” or we look at our credit card bill in January and try to numb the sinking feeling we get when we realize we spent more than we can afford.

I don’t want to forget the One who gave me undeserved grace, unbelievable love, and a peace that transcends my life circumstances.

Last year we  put together a simple piano-vocal CD of soothing Christmas songs  to remind us of Who and what we are celebrating this Christmas season. It’s called The Gift of Christmas Peace.   We made the album available to some friends and family and a few folks who came to some music performances last year.   This fall we have revisited this album and added some more instrumentation (strings, cello, bells, etc), and now are  officially releasing it this Christmas season.  We wanted to keep the arrangements simple so the messages in the songs wouldn’t get lost.

Downloads and copies of the CD are available from my website, Horizon Bookstore in Traverse City and will also be available at CD Baby, iTunes, and other digital download stores soon.  WLJN radio  in Traverse City will also be featuring a couple tracks off the CD this season.

If you would like to get a copy of this for yourselves or send one to a friend, family member, co-worker or even your employees or customers, you can get a copy here.  This would be a great CD for someone who could use a little more peace and comfort this Christmas season.   You can also listen to samples of the songs.

It was a pleasure to work with Dave Proulx again whose awesome piano work  flavored the CD with a George Winston/Windham Hill feel.   The instrumental tracks he added with  a dash of strings, bells, etc. for the official release this year created some beautiful “seasoning”  for the CD.  I also want to thank Andy Mitchell at Audio Bay studios for the awesome job he did on creating such a warm, clean sound.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Gift of Christmas Peace,

Barbara #1

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One Response to “The Gift of Christmas”

  1. Ellen & Bob says:

    Love you Christmas album, we have practically worn it out playing it so much! Also Bob gave me “Passages” for Christmas and we are enjoying that very much. We hope that you have a Happy and Healthy New Year!

    Our love, Bob & Ellen