Friday, December 24, 2010

Stamping 411 - The Song of Christmas

"The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth." John 1:14

Hello stamping friends! Merry, Merry Christmas to you!
As I reflect on this season and all that it means to so many, I often turn to the music of Christmas. The beauty and truth of this wonderful time of year is easily found in not only the beautiful carols of years past, but in the new music that we often hear on the radio today.
My card reflects a bit of old and new today - a much loved Christmas Carol - one of my favorites from childhood, combined with a new, fresh design from the Stamping 411 blog.
We are sharing from our hearts this week on the 411 and each of us is offering up some special Christmas Blog Candy for our readers. I'll be sharing more about my gift in a post on Sunday, but for those of you reading here now, please leave a comment and share your favorite music of the Christmas season.

The idea for this project was conceived when we were driving home the other night and we were listening to Christmas music on the radio. I was just sitting quietly with my eyes closed and thinking about how much the beautiful lyrics about the birth of Jesus blessed my heart and brought me peace. It was odd to have the sketch design pop into my head then, but I clearly pictured all the elements of this finished project as I sat and let the music wash over me. Sometimes it's just meant to be I suppose.

Music is a huge part of my life as both Mark and I sing in choir and on the praise team at our church, but more than that, music brings me to worship more than any other medium.
At this time of year especially, it's easy to let the commercialism and political correctness of our world overtake the truth surrounding the birth of our Lord. The music of the season brings me back to this truth time and time again, reminding me to worship the King of Kings, not the stuff of the world. It is amazing to me that the King of the universe would CHOOSE to "make his dwelling among us", but He did and in doing so, gave up his throne only to be "despised and rejected by men", eventually giving His very life that we and all that came after us could know the hope of Heaven.

Let me share a bit of my devotion from today - it speaks so well to His great love for us. I hope it will speak to you as it spoke so eloquently to me.
"A woman on earth tells her fiance she's pregnant. The baby isn't his. Now the neighbors are talking about the disgrace. Nine months into the pregnancy they have to leave their home to fulfill a census enforced by the government. The town is packed full of strangers, each one concerned with their own issues. There is not a single room available for the young couple. So they find a stable that would at least provide some shelter.
And there she has her baby.
No family to welcome Him.
No cute outfit to put on Him.
No crib for Him to sleep in, only a manger,
a feeding trough for animals.

Yet, God had come, and they named Him Jesus.

Why would God exchange His throne for a manger? Why would He leave the beauty, perfection and glory of heaven for the messiness, the scandals, and the brokenness of Earth?

He came for us.
He came because we could not reach Him.
He is too high, too holy for us to connect with. We were trapped in a curse, held by a ruthless captor. And because He is so good, He couldn't just leave us that way. When perfect Justice sees oppression, Justice must act. When perfect Love sees His beloved in peril, He must rescue.
So God came down. He left His perfect home and came down to dwell in the mud and the sweat of life on earth. He came down because He loved us.

As you hear Christmas sermons and Christmas songs this season, allow them to affect you.
Your God left His perfect throne, surrendering Himself to the limitations of a human life, surrendering to a plan that would lead to His death and your rescue.
You are deeply loved, child of the King.

May your soul feel its worth this Christmas."

Please enjoy this video by one of my favorite groups - Casting Crowns
It's called "While You Were Sleeping"



Merry, Merry Christmas to you and yours this year!
I pray that you will find your heart's desire in the love of family and friends this season, and most of all in the abundant love of Jesus, our Saviour!

Christmas Blessings from my family to yours!
~~Robin

138 comments:

  1. Beautiful card and beautiful way you celebrate and your love of music and your beliefs. It seems kids / people all get so caught up in the presents related to the holidays that we forget the real meaning.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to your and your family.

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  2. Merry Christmas Robin!! I think I have to use the word Eloquent again.....your post is as it should be tonight. I'm so glad to have visited your blog today. Just beautiful!!!

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  3. Cathy from IllinoisDecember 24, 2010 at 9:12 PM

    Beautiful card and fond memories of Christmas Eve. At our church, we the choir would put on a small concert before midnight mass. It was all dark in church. Only the candles were light along with the light in manger. I loved singing during this time and was just beautiful how all of us came together to give something to our friends and family. Merry Christmas and Happy 2011!!

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  4. All Christmas songs are favorites but some of the secular ones are getting to me this year! No more reindeer accidents with granma and no rocking with a jinge-horse either!

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  5. My favorite Christmas song is Silent night but love Come All Ye Faithful too.

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  6. WOW!!! I absolutely LOVE your card!! Music is VERY big in our family as well!! My favorite Christmas song this time of year is "Silent Night, Holy Night". It reminds me of my mom every time I hear it! We used to sing it all the time at Christmas. But she is no longer here with me. Since I am home sick tonight, I am just happy to be able to look at all these beautiful cards from the Stamping 411 operators! Merry Christmas!

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  7. Robin, your post is so moving. Thank you for sharing that part of your life with all of us!

    Right now, my favorite holiday song is "I'll Be Home for Christmas". We are a military family and have lived overseas for five years so being home in my dreams is what it's all about right now for me.

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  8. Gorgeous card - love the music wheel & how you used it - just beautiful. Have a very safe and happy Christmas

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  9. A beautiful card. Christmas is also special and sacred to me all though I am not musical. Wish I could sing, but alas, I am not, but I can can understand how music touches you.

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  10. Beautiful card - beautiful post. Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to share with us. I think my favorite Christmas carol is Silent Night. Have a blessed Christmas. Jean

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  11. Thanks Robin for sharing so eloquently your love and God's love. Very moving images that you shared. Music and God's love is central to my life as well and always has been and I can't imagine life without it.
    Love how you added music to your gorgeous card. I've been playing lots of music in the background as I surf tonight and had my own Christmas YouTube gift. Found some video's of Evie Tornquist there singing some of my favorite Christmas songs. And another of a favorite Mary did you Know! That one always lifts my spirit. Will have to share those on my own blog post tomorrow.

    Hugs and blessings and thanks again for your Christmas share....Merry Christmas!

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  12. Beautiful card, I like the color combination. My favorite Christmas song is Silent Night.
    Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year
    Hugs
    Donna
    Canada

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  13. Such a beautiful card, Robin -- just gorgeous! Hope you have a very merry Christmas! Blessings, Gretchen

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  14. Very beautiful card, like the background stamp very much. Love your choice of colors too. Mary

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  15. Beautiful Robin. Thank you for sharing!

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  16. My favorite Christmas song is I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day and the Casting Crowns version is the best. My husband did a little internet research and found out that the song is based on writings by Longfellow after the death of his wife and his son being injured during the Civil War. I think the song has an amazing message. There is a great You tube video as well. -- Christmas Blessings :-)

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  17. Beautiful card and even more beautiful story of how you were inspired. I love so many traditional Christmas songs including Oh little town of Bethlehem, but two really at the top of my list are Oh Holy Night and Away in a Manger. Each year at church I sing Mary did you know and Breath of Heaven since they are also favs of mine that speak to me. Thank you so much for such a beautiful and inspiring blog post, I'm so glad I was able to read this as it turned from Christmas Eve into Christmas here in Texas.

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  18. Gorgeous card and I also love to use music to make flowers.
    Thank you for sharing Christmas Eve with me.

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  19. For the past ten years I've been going to San Juan Mission to hear our local choir sing Handel's
    Messiah. It's a very moving performance. Really puts me in the Christmas spirit.
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours.

    Babe

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  20. Thanks so much for sharing this Robin!! Happy Holidays to you and your family.

    Hugs,

    Terri

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  21. Merry Christmas to you and your family. You have put into words the beauty of song and holiday meaning. Thank you.
    I don't like the political correctness of the holiday. Its the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. I don't like reindeer running over grandma or the rude, nasty people trying to snatch up the last of the 'in' present this time of year. Thank you for saying it so beautifully.
    My favorite holiday song is Jingle Bells. Its up beat, easy to sing, and my granddaughter knows the words. She likes to sing! and I think her voice is angelic, even the mispronounced words.

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  22. What a beautiful card, I absolutely love it. And thank you for sharing your devotion with us. Merry Christmas!

    Linda

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  23. what a gorgeous message - thank you for the reminder of the Savior of the world - Christ - who's birth we are celebrating today.

    I love carols that celebrate that - O Holy Night, Silent Night are 2 favorites!

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  24. My favorite Christmas song is Silent Night.

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  25. Robin, thanks for sharing with us. My new, best favorite song this year is "The Holly and The Ivy". Reminds us all of God's true gift to us at Christmastime...

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  26. I love the lyrics on your card! How did you do that??

    I think my favorite carol is "We Three Kings." I love to sing carols at church and have been trying to teach my kids the "other verses" to the songs they know. They think there's only one verse for the songs.
    Merry Christmas!!

    Kelley Roganowicz

    roganok@rps205.com

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  27. Merry Christmas. Loved your post.
    Thanks for the inspiration tonight, and all year. My favorite Christmas song is Blue Christmas by Elvis, I love his Christmas album, but that man can do awesome on a gospel song as well like on the album "How great thou art"

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  28. Wonderful card! I love the traditional Christmas hymns and also really enjoy listening to Michael W. Smith's Christmas CDS.
    Kris Sobolik
    ksobolik@hotmail.com

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  29. I love all Christmas Music. My favorite carol is Oh Holy Night. Spending time with family is more important than any gift the money can buy.
    Love and Merry Christmas
    Bev

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  30. I love your card! With all the music at this time of the year, it is perfect for the season. I love all Christmas music especially the song Little Drummer Boy.
    Enjoy the season! and thanks for your inspiration.

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  31. I'm listening to Christmas music as I am reading your post. I really enjoy 'It's Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas' and 'I'll Be Home For Christmas.'

    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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  32. Oh how beautiful. I really miss singing on the praise team at our church. We moved and now can't find a contemporary worship service in this little town. My favorite song for Christmas is Oh Holy Night. My dad used to sing it with his beautiful voice. He doesn't sing it any more but I still think he has a great voice. A merry and blessed Christmas to you and thanks for all your fun and inspiration.

    Carey Rogers
    aka Roscoe's mommy

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  33. Robin;
    A beautiful and elegant card with a wonderful message!

    Blessings;
    ~§hawnie Bartron
    http://www.CardsByShawnie.com

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  34. You card is amazing and the word on your post are so heartfelt. Thanks for sharing them both with us.
    My favorite song is Joy To The World.
    Happy Holidays.

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  35. What a lovely post. The meaning of Christmas seems to be getting lost in the world of buying stuff. My wish for this year is just for people to be a little kinder to one another.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you

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  36. Merry Christmas! My favorite Christmas carol is "Joy to the World" -- the Lord is come!! Love your beautiful music card.

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  37. Beautiful card! My husband and I both sing in our choir. In fact, we met in the choir over 34 years ago!

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  38. You have beautiful cards full of inspiration. My favorite Christmas music is that which focuses on the true meaning of Christmas rather than the gifts and hype. I love the gifts but Jesus is my reason for the season. Thanks for sharing!!!

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  39. I love the vintage look of this card. A Christmas song that I really enjoy is "Santa Baby". So cute.

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  40. I just love this card. It is beautiful!

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  41. My favorite Christmas song is Silent Night. It always gives me chills! - Mary R.

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  42. You are such a beautiful person on the inside and out and I am one lucky lady to be able to call you my friend. I love you and miss you so much!! And by the way your card is just as beautiful as you are!!!

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  43. Merry Christmas!! Love your card!! Silent Night is my favorite christmas song but love listening to all of it!! Gets me in the spirit of the season!! Lori

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  44. Music is a huge part of Christmas and can move us, motivate us, and lift us up. I love how your card shows that, the color combo, and the beautiful design. Merry Christmas!

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  45. Great post. So many people have no idea of the real meaning of the Christmas they celebrate. I love all the Christmas songs we sing leading up to Christmas day. A favourite is Away in a Manger

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  46. Thank you for sharing your beautiful card and the devotion for us- we have SOOO much to be thankful for, and yet we don't alwys think about it- we take things for granted- too many things. I also love Holiday music, and love to sing along, sometimes around people who would rather not hear my "perfect" voice :) One of my favorite songs is Silent Night- there is a version that Reba McEntire sings that is really pretty.
    Merry Christmas to you adn your family!
    Shar W

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  47. I hope you had a very happy Christmas Robin. Your card is truly beautiful, thanks for sharing it with us.
    My favourite song would be Mary's Boy Child.
    This year however, my daughters 9 and 5 were at violin lessons together and their teacher asked them if they knew Away in a Manger. They gave an impromptu performance, which was beautiful and full of such love, wonder and purity that it brought their teacher and me to tears.
    I may have a new favourite now!

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  48. Beautiful card.... love the music notes banner. My favorite Christmas song is White Christmas. Wishing you a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
    debbieanng@yahoo.com

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  49. Blessing to you and family through the coming year. thank you for all the creative inspiration you give.

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  50. Very nice card. I have so many favorites but I love "It's the most wonderful time of the year."

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  51. Your beautiful card shows your love of music elegantly. Thanks for sharing your devotion and may your blessings be many throughout the coming year.

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  52. I enjoy most Christmas music so I guess I don't have a favor. I really enjoyed visiting your blog today. What a wonderful expression of the reason for this holiday. I thank you for sharing your beliefs so eloquently. I pray you and your family had a wonderful Christmas.

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  53. Robin your card is beautiful, but your devotion is the best. Thank you for sharing with your heart in this post. I am so thankful we have a Savior who was willing to leave His throne, but now He is back on His throne. Thanks again for sharing.

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  54. Robin, thank you for a beautiful card as well as a beautiful message in your post. The Casting Crowns song was a blessing. I am so glad I stopped by today! I think one of my favorite new songs is "Mary Did You Know?"

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  55. Gorgeous card. I have yet to use music either stamped or embossed on my projects yet and this is on my "to do " list thanks so much. Happy New Year!

    xdebrax@yahoo.com

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  56. Thannk you for your beautiful words to us this Christmas season.

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  57. My favorite song id the First Noel. I love your card! I have such a hard time using my DSP! Wish I asn't such a hoarder. Merry Christmas Robin!

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  58. My favorite sing is The First Noel. I love your card! I wish I wasn't such a hoarder with my DSP! I hate to use it sometimes!
    Merry Christmas Robin!

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  59. Merry Christmas Robin!! I love your card!!!
    I think my all-time favorite Christmas songs are "Oh Holy Night" and "Silent Night". They both give me goosebumps and cause me to get a lump in my throat every time I hear them.

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  60. Gorgeous use of those musical notes! I love the song Santa Baby :) Makes me smile every time I hear it! Happy Holidays and thanks for the chance to win!

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  61. Bet you didn't know I read your blog, too! Thank you for your Christmas post, and sharing that devotional. I pray that many who read it, realized for the first time what Christmas is all about. My favorite song for Christmas is Mark Lowery's "Mary, Did You Know?" As a mother, we can all look at our kids and think, "I wish I had known..." Imagine how Mary felt as Jesus grew, surely showing signs along the way that He was different, and when His ministry began those last three years of His life...healing, calming, performing miracles...just being the great I AM! Whew! I get goose bumps all over again. Love that song,

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  62. Such a beautiful card! Music plays such a meaningful roll in our lives as well. My favorite Christmas song is "Here Comes Santa Claus" by the Mills Brothers. Merry Christmas!

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  63. Beautiful beautiful card. Love the cards and the music theme. My favorite Christmas Carol is Silent Night. It makes me feel so peaceful.

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  64. Love your card.
    My favorite Christmas song is Oh Holy Night.
    Thanks for offering blog candy.
    Theresa in Kitimat
    tfredric at citywest dot ca

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  65. Favorite song? "In the Bleak Midwinter". Don't you just love the music paper trend?

    d

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  66. Robin,
    Your card is beautiful and so vintage, I loved that about the Christmas season this year. craftqueenrocks at yahoo dot com. I love Oh Holy Night, but I also love the Christmas CD that my uncle bill made me of Christmas songs by Elvis Presley (religious and traditional songs).

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  67. Beautiful card Robin...love the music paper...thank you for your constant inspiration. My favorite Christmas song is Joy to the World.

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  68. I so enjoyed reading your devotion today Robin. So many people say the spirit of Christmas is lost today, but I choose not to believe this. I believe it is up to all of us to keep the true meaning of why we celebrate the birth of Christ on Christmas Day. There are so many young ones out there that really don't even know this, so every voice is needed. Thank you for stepping up and telling the story -- it was beautiful. My favorite song is "Away in the Manger" -- it has been since I was in 4th grade (and I'm a very old lady now). Honestly tho, I love all the traditional Christmas Hymns. May your New Year bring you and your family many blessings.
    Sandi Dailey
    gdailey@concentric.net

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  69. Beautiful card! I love the musical theme of it; I should do something like that for my mom.

    I love all Christmas music, but I think Frosty the Snowman is my favorite as it reminds me of singing carols with my grandparents.

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  70. Beautiful card and my favorite Christmas song is "Oh Holy Night".
    Thanks for a chance at some blog candy.

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  71. Beautiful card!
    Music is such a big part of our Christmas tradition in our home. One of my favorite songs is Silent Night. During the candlelight service at our church on Christmas Eve, that is the last song of the night. Everyone has a lit candle to hold, the lights are all dimmed, while singing this song. For the last verse, the organ doesn't play along, and it's just the congregation's voices. It's a very moving experience.

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  72. Robin, your post is so inspiring with the devotion and song. Thank you so much for taking the extra time to share both with all of us. I have enjoyed spending this whole week listening to all the various songs that speak of the birth of Christ, but my favorite ones to sing are Breath of Heaven and Welcome to Our World....
    Tears are falling, hearts are breaking
    How we need to hear from God
    You’ve been promised, we’ve been waiting
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    Welcome Holy Child
    Welcome Holy Child
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    Hope that you don’t mind our manger
    How I wish we would have known
    But long-awaited Holy Stranger
    Make yourself at home
    Please make yourself at home
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    Bring your peace into our violence
    Bid our hungry souls be filled
    Word now breaking Heaven’s silence
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    Welcome to our world
    Welcome to our world
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    Fragile finger sent to heal us
    Tender brow prepared for thorn
    Tiny heart whose blood will save us
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    Unto us is born
    Unto us is born
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    So wrap our injured flesh around you
    Breathe our air and walk our sod
    Rob our sin and make us holy
    Perfect Son of God
    Perfect Son of God

    Welcome to our world....
    Merry Christmas and may your new year continue to be blessed!

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  73. My favorite Christmas music is actually a soundtrack--the songs from A Charlie Brown Christmas always put me in the holiday spirit.

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  74. This card is so you! Must catch you in concert soon! My fav christmas song is the little drummer boy. glad you were all well for christmas and can't wait to see you thursday! lt

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  75. Very, very beautiful and touching!!!
    My Christmas Eve tradition is getting togetherwith family/friends to celebrate The birth of our Christ and having "appetizers only!" ~ yum! yum!

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  76. Merry Christmas to you and your family.
    What a truly wonderful card. Thanks!

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  77. Beautiful card-I love all Christmas songs my favorite is Silent Night our church has a lessons and caroles the sunday before Christmas the kids in the church and adults take different readings and then we sing a Christmas carole that matches the theme of the rreading, I think this is where I found my love for Christmas songs

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  78. I really liked how you put the birth of Jesus into modern terms that can be related to by everyone. Thanks! My favorite carol is Little Drummer Boy. Thanks for the chance to win.
    GaleSmith at earthlink dot net

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  79. My favorite song is a song my daughter sings each Christmas eve service in their church, "Breath of Heaven"

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  80. Love how you added the strip of music! I also love O Holy Night :)

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  81. Music is also a big part of life. My mother and father played music and sang together all of my life. The taught all of the four daughters to play guitar and we all sang as a family with great enjoyment.
    My mother and father have passed now, and I feel them near when I sing our favorite song, Oh, Holy Night.
    Thank you so much for sharing..
    God Bless you.
    Rose Mary Smalley
    rostamps4fun@aol.com

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  82. Robin,

    What a beautiful card! Simply elegant! Do you mind if I ask where you found the stamp or is it designer paper for the background "O Little Town of Bethlehem" song.

    Stampin' Smiles from Ear to Ear,
    Ann
    atutje3@sbcglobal.net

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  83. beautiful-I love the idea of music and cards together......

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  84. Beautiful! I love the song "Away on the Manager"...

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  85. Gorgeous card, very Vintage. Music is a huge part of Christmas and my favorite one is I am dreaming of a White Christmas. The song reminds me of long ago win things were alittle simplier. Merry Christmas to you and your family. jackielwatson2009@hotmail.com

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  86. What a gorgeous card. My favorite Christmas song is Hark the Herald Angels sing. Thanks for the opportunity to win your blog candy. Wishing you the best in the Christmas season.

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  87. What would Christmas be without music - inspirational card.

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  88. Your card is beautiful along with your message. My favorite Christmas song is "The First Noel". I could listen to it all day. Music is a special part of our lives as well. My daughter is a vocal performance major (opera) in college and my son sings in a band.

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  89. Lovely...simply lovely! I love hearing Mark Lowry and the Gaither Vocal Band sing "Mary Did You Know?" and David Phelps singing "O Holy Night". Gives me chills every time!

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  90. My favorite Christmas carol is Oh Holy Night. Find your blog inspirational and enjoy your posts. Your holiday card showcasing musical notes is so appropriate! Hope you had a Merry Christmas and blessings for the new year!
    bdlakebum at yahoo dot com

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  91. I love your card! My favorite song would be Oh, Holy Night! Just something about that song that I have always liked! Hope you had a Merry Christmas!!

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  92. You expressed yourself so well. I love your card, too! Do you know what the music is on the dsp?

    My favorite song is Silent Night. Second is Rudolph ; )

    Susanhttp://stampinmomoffour.blogspot.com

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  93. I love Christmas music (well most of it anyway. There are a few secular songs that I just can't stand). My favorites are O Holy Night and Silent Night. But all of the ones we sing at Mass are beautiful.

    Thanks for all the lovely inspirations.

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  94. Beautiful card! Love all Christmas songs. This song "Ring the Bells" by Harry Bollback that I read from my daughter-in-law that she heard on a secular radio station. I was filled with joy. I pray that the Lord will use the secular radio waves to spread the Good News of the gospel and the redeeming work of His Son,Jesus Christ! Thank You Lord Jesus for coming to earth to redeem us. This Christmas I want to honor You, "Glory to the new born King!" from "Hark! the Herald Angels Sing"
    Big hugs. Diana

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  95. Thanks for sharing all year through but especially for sharing your love of Jesus Christ and this post. My favorite Christmas carol is "O Holy Night" because it speaks to the hope we have in Jesus. My favorite newer Christmas song is one we have been singing in church, Chris Tomlin's - "My Soul Magnifies the Lord". I love it because "He has done great things for me"!

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  96. OMGosh! This is absolutely GORGEOUS!! I'm saving this one to make for next year. My favorite songs at Christmas time are Oh, Holy Night and Silent Night. They bring back warm fuzzy memories of my childhood. Also love listening to Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra singing their Christmas carols. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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  97. Happy Belated Christmas, Robin! Your card is beautiful & thank you for using your God-given talents to inspire us to do the same! I'm so glad you celebrate the true meaning of christmas! I have several favorite christmas songs: Silent Night, O Holy Night, Joy to the World & Halleujuah, He is Born by Sawyer Brown. God bless your new year's!
    hayesmkmom@comcast.net

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  98. My favorite song is Silent Night, we sing it Christmas Eve at church by candle light. Merry Christmas! Thanks for all your beautiful ideas!

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  99. Thanks for sharing. Love the card, and yes the Christmas Music is so magical. My favourite when in choir was doing Handels, but the all time i have on at home is of course Elvis doing "If every day was like Christmas" )(what a wonderful world this would be),
    Growing up in a music teacher's home, music is a huge part of my life.

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  100. think I just deleted my post. :)

    thankyou for sharing. A music teacher's daughter and used to be choir member, there are many favourites we used to sing, but the one I love most is "If every day was like Christmas" (what a wonderful world this would be)

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  101. Robin- Thanks for sharing this beautiful card and the real reason for the season- Jesus Christ! I love all Christmas Carols that focus on the King of Kings and I mentioned on a few of the other blogs regarding "Hark, the Herald Angels Sing" and how it reminds me of our twin neices who had just turned 3 yrs old at the end of September and that Christmas would sing this song in it's entirety upon request! It was so cute! But all of the spiritual Christmas carols bring to mind the sacrifice that Christ made for us at Calvary-"O Holy Night", "The First Noel", "Emmanuel", and so many more- very difficult for me to choose just one! I hope you and your family had a blessed Christmas- thanks again for sharing your talent and your faith!

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  102. Beautiful card. My favorite Christmas song is 'I heard the bells on Christmas day'.

    Happy new year.

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  103. Wow that is a stunning card!!! So beautiful just stunning! I to like to keep the true spirit of the season close to my heart. Jesus is the reason for the season and not the Commercial view of presents. Happy Holidays to you and yours and hear is to an amazing New Year!

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  104. Robin what a beautiful card, and beautiful writing in your post. I'm so happy to have gotten to know you, you're a very special person. I hope you had a fabulous holiday, and really get to enjoy your week of family time :)

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  105. My favorite Christmas carol is O Holy Night. It always has been, even when I was a little girl.

    candjpalmer at wyoming dot com

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  106. Beautiful card Robin. And the music of Christmas is beautiful too. My favorite is Angels We Have Heard on High. Imagine a multitude of angels in chorus for the birth announcement of our Savior and King!!

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  107. I love your card. The background words are perfect. Thank you also for posting the video. Casting Crowns is a great group. I love the song Breath of Heaven, but haven't heard it much this year. I think I will have to find out where I have that one. Thanks for the uplifting message.

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  108. beautiful card as always Robin! Love it and the use of the different elements! I absolutely love Christmas and the music - as soon as they start playing the music on the radio...I won't let anyone turn the station til they stop playing it. I really enjoy the instrumental Trans Siberian Christmas (I believe that is the name) and O Holy Night.

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  109. Love your artistry and your Christian faith & witness...one of my favorite CHRISTmas songs is "Mary Did You Know?" I'm sure she knew some (since the angel told her she would bear the Savior) but how can ANY mortal being know or understand the plans of one great enough to hold the sun in the sky? Merry CHRISTmas and a bless New Year to you and yours :-)

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  110. What a great card! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas..I can't wait to meet you!! I am one of Tiffany's downlines! My favorite music is from the Messiah-I sang "For Unto Us", "And the Glory of the Lord", and the "Hallelujah Chorus" in choir in high school...I still remember them!

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  111. Your card is beautiful. I really enjoyed reading your post. We need to remember the true meaning of Christmas. Thanks so much for sharing. I love all Christmas music, but by favorite is "O, Holy Night".

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  112. Hi Robin! I have just spent the last few minutes reading the blog post that has touched me more than any other this year! Thank you for sharing so openly your faith and love and for reminding us so beautifully of all that we should be thinking of this Christmas. I am so encouraged by your post ... and feel blessed to know that you share my faith and that you are thankful for the wonderful gift. Thanks for sharing your devotion. Love the song ... CC is a favourite of mine too! Hugs xxaxx

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  113. Thanks Robin for sharing your creations. Your link to "while you were sleeping" was my last years favorite song - still love it. This year, my favorite song was by Bebo Norman (loved the whole album) but "come and worship" was a favorite for 2010. Thanks for asking :)

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  114. Your card is absolutely beautiful!! Thank you for your wonderful and inspirational Christmas post. I love all the Christmas music, but my favorite is Away In A Manger. I am always so touched when we sing it at the Christmas Eve candlelight service at church.
    Wishing you and your family many blessings in the New Year.

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  115. Beautiful card! I love the layers.
    DeniseB

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  116. Another gorgeous card! I love the song God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. Don't know why this has been a favorite...... must be some hidden memory for me?

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  117. Beautiful Card...Well I love all Christmas music but since my children are young a favorite is the Alvin and the Chipmunk Christmas CD we also have the album that my hubby has had since the 70s...
    Marisol Gutierrez
    atouchof_sol@yahoo.com

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  118. Stunning card....just perfect. My favorite song is "O Holy Night". I made a CD with 20 different artists singing that same song on the entire CD. Merry Christmas

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  119. Love your card. My favorite Christmas song is O Holy Night! I think it brings me to tears everytime I hear it; such a beautiful song.

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  120. My favorite song is 'Joy to the World'

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  121. Your card is gorgeous, as is your blog! Thank you for the chance to win. My favorite Christmas song is "I Saw Three Ships". It just reminds me of my childhood when Christmas was extra magical. Have a Happy New Year!

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  122. I love your card. I so wish I was musical. I tried piano, drums, bassoon in elementary and high school and flute as an adult, The best I could do is expose my children to music. My favorite Christmas song is "Joy to the World" but my favorite music is my CD of my daughter singing with the touring group from APU.

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  123. What a beautiful card ... and Silent Night is my all time favorite Christmas song... thanks for sharing and the chance to win great blog candy ... latricia_nelson@silsbeetoyota.com

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  124. I love any Christmas song that my two boys are singing. They sound so wonderful!

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  125. I love your card and blog. I just discovered the 411 site this morning and have spent the entire morning looking, learning and drooling! Thanks for all the education and inspiration! My favorite song of Christmas is Silent Night. I'm the organist at my church and we sing that as we take communion at the candlelight service. I also like I'll Be Home for Christmas. Happy New Year!

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  126. Your card is lovely - I need to try to "add" some music into some cards! I love so many Christmas pieces, but probably most dear to my heart is Silent Night. I've enjoyed reading other comments - interesting how so many people have memories attached to songs, and I love that so many share a bit of their traditions - many of us love a Candlelight service!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Sharon
    sharons@digitalweb.net

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  127. I love your card! I always enjoy seeing other's musically inspired projects. I have 2 favourite Christmas songs, the first being Oh Come, Oh Come Emmanuel, and the other is Carol of the Bells. TFS!
    Megan <:3 )~

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  128. Your card is beautiful.

    My favorite Christmas song is "Silver Bells".

    Thanks for the Chance to win.

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  129. Your card is beautiful but your message is amazing! Thank you for reminding us of the true reason for the wonderful holiday season!

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  130. Beautiful card as always. Thanks for sharing your time and wonderful tallent with us. You are a true inspiration and have a great gift.

    My favorite song(and movie) at Christmas now is Christmas shoes.

    rmg816@comcast.net

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  131. I really enjoyed this post, the message was so well put and your card is beautiful. Our whole family participates in some aspect of the music in our church. I am the choir leader for the 2 year olds and it is soooo much fun, I was so proud of them at our Christmas program. My husband sings in the regular choir at church and in the Senior Choir(ages 65-95) and both my girls sing in a community wide church choir and in the Children's choir at church. This month we have participated in 9 musical presentations not to mention all the practices. My all time favorite Christmas song is Little Drummer Boy. Blessings,
    Sandy

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  132. Pretty card and love your sharing! I have so many favorite songs during this season that it is hard to choose--right now the song going thorugh head continually is "My Grown Up Christmas List."

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  133. My favorite Christmas song is Joy to the World, but Angels We Have Heard on High is a close second. Your card is beautiful and an inspiration.

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  134. Beautiful card. Definitly shows a love for music and could be used for just about anything with a good song. I have to say JINGLE BELLS is my favorite song, it just gets you in the mood for Christmas whether you are ready or not.. veronica1230@comcast.net

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  135. Great card, my fav son "Baby its cold outside" sung by Leon Redbone and Zoey Deschanel.

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  136. Robin, your card is stunning as is your Christmas message.

    Can't wait to see you....less than two weeks now!!

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