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A Christmas Awakening: Recap

A Christmas Awakening: Recap

First things first, Happy New Year! We are only 3 days in, and I’ve already failed my first resolution. I thought it would be a worthy goal to post something every day. Apparently, I need to go to “Plan B” now, which is “post as often as I possibly can.” That’s pretty much a cop out. … Continue reading

The Christmas Elves On Temple Square

The Christmas Elves On Temple Square

Daughter A and Daughter Bee are hard at work this year being Santa’s Elves in real life. They perform their magic in plain sight, but you’ve probably never seen or noticed. Most people don’t. They are a part of an army of elves – amazing unsung heroes – tirelessly ensuring that Temple Square is kept merry and bright for … Continue reading

“O Holy Night” – Garth Smith

“O Holy Night” – Garth Smith

Pianist Garth Smith gained popularity among music lovers for his sensitive and moving original arrangements of LDS hymns. He now shares his signature style with the Christmas classic “O Holy Night” in his lovely new music video. We see Smith performing in a beautifully decorated home, interspersed with magnificent still pictures from the video production “The Nativity” – retelling the birth story … Continue reading

Peter Hollens: Day 9 Christmas Gift

Peter Hollens: Day 9 Christmas Gift

One year ago this week, Daughter A and I had the incredible experience of being part of a miracle film shoot called the ‘World’s Largest Nativity’  [yes, I’m officially in the Guinness Book of World Records] – collaborating with an incredible list of famous YouTubers from across the country who all converged into one place at one … Continue reading

Christmas Devo 2015 Recap – Powered By Music

Christmas Devo 2015 Recap – Powered By Music

Last night was the annual First Presidency’s Christmas Devotional – or, #ChristmasDevo. I was blessed to be able to participate in the singing for this event. It was a very long day, filled with music, messages of hope and sore feet. And it was worth every minute. Here is my recap and a few of my thoughts. Isaiah 9:6 … Continue reading

Alex Boyé: The Little Drummer Boy In Real Life

Alex Boyé: The Little Drummer Boy In Real Life

My good friend Alex Boyé is on fire right now with his career! And, I could not be happier for him! His life is nothing short of amazing and miraculous – and reads a bit like a modern day Dicken’s novel. His newest rise to success is stunning and so well deserved – born out of the depths of humility … Continue reading

Christmas In Prison

Christmas In Prison

Over twenty-one centuries ago a baby was born in a remote corner of the world. Conditions were unsanitary at best. The babe was homeless and born into poverty. And yet, we commemorate that birth every year with a special holiday called Christmas. Have you ever wondered, in this modern world of complex issues and tragedy, if this celebration is even relevant anymore? … Continue reading

Contest: Win Christmas Concert Tickets and More!

Contest: Win Christmas Concert Tickets and More!

Everybody loves a good contest- and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is running one right now that will really get you in a fun holiday mood! During this “Twelve Days of Christmas Contest” series, one lucky winner per day will receive 1 CD and 1 DVD from last year’s Christmas concert with the Sesame Street Muppets! PLUS… [dramatic drum-roll] one lucky grand prize winner … Continue reading

Oiche Chiuin (Silent Night) – Gaelic Christmas

Oiche Chiuin (Silent Night) – Gaelic Christmas

Just in time for Christmas! The Grammy Nominated and Billboard No. 1 American violinist Jenny Oaks Baker released a special video taken from the title track of her newest album Noel. Featuring special guest Alex Sharpe, a formal Celtic Woman, on Gaelic vocals. Both of these women happen to be Latter-day Saint (Mormon) musicians, and their children are included in … Continue reading

Experience Christmas At Temple Square!

Experience Christmas At Temple Square!

Watch a musical timelapse, meet tour guides and go behind-the-scenes today at one of the most magical Christmas places on earth: Temple Square, in Salt Lake City, Utah! There’s a reason people come from all over the world to enjoy the sights and sounds of the season here! Visitors will see millions of colored lights covering bushes, trees and buildings, … Continue reading

O Holy Night: Christmas Gift

O Holy Night: Christmas Gift

Here is a special Christmas video gift for you to enjoy this year, released to the world just in time – with lovely music from award-winning movie composer Robert Allen Elliott and scenes taken from the epic Bible Video series. This new video is stunning and moving, and is the perfect reminder of what Christmas really means. Enjoy! – MoSop O … Continue reading

What Child Is This? – Lindsey Stirling

What Child Is This? – Lindsey Stirling

Lindsey Stirling is an American violinist, dancer, artist, and composer. She creates unique choreographed violin performances, both live and in music videos found on her ultra-popular YouTube channel. In 2010, Stirling was a quarter-finalist on America’s Got Talent season five. (She did not advance because the judges felt there was no market for her style of performing and … Continue reading

300 Monthiversary

300 Monthiversary

On the 19th day of December 1989 my true love and I were married for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple. On the 19th day of each month ever since then my romantic husband ‘Mr. Mo’ has wished me a “happy monthiversary” and will commemorate our special day in some … Continue reading

Still, Still, Still – A Lullaby For The Christ Child

Still, Still, Still – A Lullaby For The Christ Child

The Christmas carol “Still, Still, Still” is a beloved Austrian folk-song by an anonymous author. This song is written as a lullaby for the newborn Christ child. It describes the peace of the infant Jesus and his mother Mary as the baby is sung to sleep. There are 6 original verses in German. However, there have been many different English translations and multiple variations of text. Maestro … Continue reading

Alex Boyé: Seeking Jesus With A New Song and A Camel

Alex Boyé: Seeking Jesus With A New Song and A Camel

The incomparable singer-songwriter Alex Boyé released a new Christmas music video on Dec. 15, 2014 as part of his gift to the world. The video shows Boyé  wandering through modern streets and shopping centers dressed as a wise-man (with his real-live camel in tow)! (*trivia* yep – that’s the same camel seen in The Piano Guys epic Live Nativity … Continue reading

BYU Men’s Chorus Releases Christmas Video

BYU Men’s Chorus Releases Christmas Video

Originally posted on Odes and Oracles:
On December 5, 2014 the BYU Men’s Chorus, under the direction of Rosalind Hall, released a special Christmas single as a free gift to the world. The single, “Come, Lord Jesus,” is part of a growing catalog of free hymns that the choir refers to as Set Apart – a fluid,…

God Rest Ye Merry Kings Singers

God Rest Ye Merry Kings Singers

One of the world’s leading a cappella ensembles is The King’s Singers. The British group was founded in 1968 and named after King’s College in Cambridge, England, where the group was formed by six choral scholars. Today they are renowned for their impeccable professionalism, flawless diction, tight harmonies and consistently beautiful musicianship. The Kings Singers have been a favorite guest … Continue reading

Acknowledging Grief At Christmas

Acknowledging Grief At Christmas

Christmas is known as the “Most Wonderful Time of The Year”. But, for those who are lonely, who are grieving the loss of a beloved, who have broken hearts or empty chairs, Christmas can become the “Most Painful Time of The Year”. I’ve blogged about this subject in the past, but I feel it is important to include a … Continue reading

12 Days? I’ll Take That Straight No Chaser Please!

12 Days? I’ll Take That Straight No Chaser Please!

We have officially reached the “only 12 more days” mark until THE big event! So, in honor of our countdown,  here is my favorite version of the Twelve Days of Christmas Song – titled simply 12 days, arranged and performed by the original Indiana State University’s professional A’Capella group Straight No Chaser, organized in 1996 and launching this viral video in … Continue reading