Songs of Christmas…


I really enjoyed the November Thanksgiving series, “Pass the…” we finished today. I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

This time of year we don’t hardly seem to have finished one holiday before we have another looming in front of us. We celebrated Thanksgiving just under a week ago and, as the old Christmas song says, “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…”

Because I enjoyed the Thanksgiving series so much, I decided to continue with that kind of idea for Christmas. “Songs of Christmas” will be that effort. Each day we will take one of the great songs of Christmas, songs we enjoy singing and hearing this time of year.

Most of the songs will be spiritual in nature. For me, the birth of Christ is always in the forefront of the Christmas season. But, I also like to have some fun with my writing too so we will also have a few secular songs to talk about. Those will happen primarily on Saturdays as I usually try to do something different, sometimes even funny on Saturday while at the same time sticking with my original theme. I may mix in one or two others as we go as well. I will not use a secular song on Christmas Eve (happens to be a Saturday this year). Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are reserved for Jesus!

Because this music usually carries a spiritual message with it, I probably won’t include as much Scripture as normal but what I share may well have Scripture in it.

It is my hope in this series to share with you a story or two behind the hymns. If I am unable to share a story, perhaps it will be something you maybe don’t know about the music. These stories have fascinated me for years. I look forward to what I will learn new as we go along. I invite you to join me for the journey.

Have a blessed night and we will get started tomorrow morning (December 1st with “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.”

Joy and Peace,

This page will also serve as the index for this series. See below.

Part 1: O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Part 2: O Little Town of Bethlehem
Part 3: Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer
Part 4: There’s a Song in the Air
Part 5: I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
Part 6: I’ll Be Home for Christmas
Part 7: Go Tell it on the Mountain
Part 8: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Part 9: It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Part 10: Jingle Bells
Part 11: Joy to the World
Part 12: Mary Did You Know?
Part 13: What Child is This?
Part 14: O Come All Ye Faithful
Part 15: Away in a Manger
Part 16: White Christmas
Part 17: Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer
Part 18: Angels We Have Heard on High
Part 19: The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
Part 20: Do You Hear What I Hear?
Part 21: The First Noel
Part 22: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Part 23: Angels From the Realms of Glory
Part 24: O Holy Night
Part 25: Silent Night
Part 26: Carol of the Bells
Part 27: Sleigh Ride
Part 28: Winter Wonderland
Part 29: We Three Kings
Part 30: The Twelve Days of Christmas
Part 31: Auld Lang Syne

Copyright 2016, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

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I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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