The life of revered American poet and educator Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 – 1882) held great sorrow, and also great faith. In 2008, actor Edward Herrmann recounted the inspiring story behind Longfellow’s enduring Christmas hymn of hope, “I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day“.
“Pat-a-pan” is a French Christmas carol originally written in the dialect of Burgundy, and later adapted into English. The song was written by Bernard de La Monnoye (1641–1728) and tells the story of the birth of Jesus Christ from the perspective of shepherds playing simple instruments such as flutes and drums. In this enjoyable video, Mormon pop …
“‘Tis the season to be jolly!” Christmas is the season of giving, which is the very essense of the spirit of Jesus Christ – who’s birth we celebrate. What better opportunity to give kindness, and participate in a little “Smile Experiment”?
When I heard the story of Narayanan Krishnan, my heart was deeply touched and I was moved to tears. I cannot think of a better story to share as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ – whose ministry was devoted to the forgotten and neediest of society.
Are you seeking the perfect present to give for Christmas? Try some gift-giving tips from President Thomas S. Monson, and enjoy an inspiring song.
A story of Christmas Peace told by Elder M. Russell Ballard, and a song of peace sung by The Choir Boys of Great Britain.
“In a recent stake conference, the tender mercies of the Lord were evident in the touching testimony of a young wife and mother of four whose husband was slain in Iraq in December of 2003. . .
The following story was told by President Thomas S. Monson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
There’s nothing like The Hallelujah Chorus to get everyone in the right spirit for Christmas. Enjoy this new video released by BYU Television.
Last year I had the great privilege to become web friends with LDS composer Shawna Belt Edwards. I blogged about her beautiful “Do You Have Room? Song Sensation“. This year, Shawna has teamed up with another of my respected LDS artistic friends, blogger/videographer Seth Adam Smith to create a timeless music video gift. I hope that …
On Christmas Eve 1906, a 33-year-old university professor, and former chief chemist for Thomas Edison, named Reginald Fessenden did something long thought impossible. Using a new type of generator, Fessenden spoke into a microphone and, for the first time in history, a man’s voice was broadcast over the airwaves…
LEARN THE fascinating history of the beloved Christmas Carol “Cantique de Noël” [O Holy Night]. This post includes a video clip of The Mormon Tabernacle Choir performing Mack Wilberg’s arrangement.
On the 25th Day of December, MoSop wishes you a Merry Christmas! … as we pause to Celebrate, Rejoice, and Remember.
The night of Jesus’ birth shepherds near Bethlehem were tending their sheep. … This post remembers the shepherds important role, and includes a new MoSop Movie illustrating the song “While Shepherds Lately Knelt”
On the 24th Day of our December julibee…It is time for some Christmas Eve Carols to lighten your festivity!
[music videos included]
On The 23rd Day of counting down, we’ve reached the Eve of Christmas Eve…
…here is a story that warms the heart, and helps us to believe
On The 22nd Day of Christmas it’s time for something good to eat…
…MoSop shares several favorite recipes, just choose your treat!
In this post, enjoy 4 of our favorite Christmas baking recipes. Easy and fun! Directions and photos included!
“On The 21st Day of Christmas Countdown we contemplate the vision of Handel’s musical gift…combined with Isaiah, a timeless prophesy to uplift!”
Learn more about the Oratorio “Messiah”, and explore the similarities between the Prophet Isaiah, and the Composer Joseph Frideric Handel …
Includes Music Videos: “For Unto Us A Child Is Born” and “Hallelujiah Chorus”.
On the 20th Day of Christmas, we make a little noise…in poetic praise of cookies, bells, and other seasonal joys!
On The 19th Day of Christmas Countdown, MoSop celebrates her 20th Wedding Anniversary!… and shares some fun facts about the Nativity”.
This post includes a fascinating 5 minute BBC video revealing such things as Jesus’ Real Birthday, and what Frankincense & Myrrh actually are….
On The 18th Day of Christmas Countdown feel blessings from above … by watching the “Joy To Everyone” music video, made with love!
On The 17th Day of Christmas Countdown, MoSop reminds us
… what Christmas is all about, courtesy, Linus.
I’ve always loved the Peanuts Cartoon series. Creator Charles Schultz was smart. He knew that often it takes a child to be able to state the facts. There’s nothing quite so beautiful in simplicity. You’ve probably seen this video clip before, but as we face the last mad dash to complete our shopping and baking and party-going … it’s nice to be reminded. [video clip "What Christmas Is All About"]
On the 16th Day it isn’t always enough … to smile and grin and try to be tough… A post on coping with Grief and Loss at Christmas time.
Today, my message of hope and praise is just a little different from the norm. I wish to acknowledge the suffering that often accompanies this time of year when empty chairs and broken hearts seem especially out of place.
This Post includes an interview with singer-songwriter Cori Connors, and a NEW MoSop Movie Premeire “You Would Have Loved This”, from Cori’s Christmas CD: “Sleepy Little Town”. [watch in HD!]
On The 14th day of Christmas celebrate the yuletide … with Brian Stokes Mitchell singing “Sleigh Ride”!
A new song has been released just in time for Christmas by LDS / Mormon musician Shawna Belt Edwards which is taking the world by storm. It asks the timeless question: “Do YOU have room for the Savior?” … Learn more, and Watch the inspiring video!
“On the 12th Day of Christmas, watch a 5 minute movie … depicting The Nativity”
“On The 11st Day of Christmas, as MoSop’s Countdown posts increase”…
…It’s time for some Heavenly Peace”
[post includes a sing-a-long with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir]
“On the 10th Day Christmas, MoSop shares a story … for finding the Christmas Spirit’s glory” …
This post includes excerpts of a talk by Thomas S. Monson, and a musical selection for you to enjoy!
“On The 9th Day of Christmas, MoSop shared a poem….to lighten up your holiday home”