Anyone Else Ready for Christmas?

It’s an exciting day in the neighborhood when a package like this shows up at my door.  I love Christmas.  I know, some of you are squealing “Can’t we just get through Thanksgiving?????”…. but alas, no.  I can’t wait.  To me Thanksgiving is more a prelude to Christmas.  Thanksgiving starts the motion of family togetherness, holiday mushiness, and the realization that I might as well through my diet out the window for the next four weeks.

In fact, the days leading up to Thanksgiving, to me, are just part of the countdown to Christmas.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I am unthankful, in fact I am very thankful.   I am thankful to celebrate the birth of my savior.  Now, before anyone starts, I know all of the arguments about the likelihood of Jesus not being born on December 25th.   But, since I wasn’t there … nor am I 100% certain that anyone else who has attempted to calculate the actual date is accurate… I am totally OK with celebrating it on this appointed day.

Bring on the Christmas music.  The cooler weather.  Dorky sweaters.  Ornament earrings.  Seat warmers.  Fireplaces.  Hot Cocoa.  Baking days.  Eating nights.  Holiday lights.  Christmas Parties.  Silly exchanges.  Mistletoe kisses.  Mickey’s Christmas Carol.  The Polar Express.  The Night Before Christmas.  Cranberry Tea.

And most importantly, Christmas Carols.  


This boxed set came from Family Christian Stores and I’m not going to lie… it had me at the title… CLASSIC CHRISTMAS.  The compilation was put together by Maranatha Music, so I was already a fan.

It’s not that I don’t like modernized versions of the classics, or even newly written modern favorites…. but it is becoming harder and harder to hear the classics on the radio.  We just got a new car, and I haven’t even put a single CD in the player yet.  Guess where this 3 disc set is going first thing in the morning.

My kids may…. or may not… be thrilled.  Probably not as thrilled as I am.  But, I am ok with that.

In truth, I couldn’t wait.  So, I popped this bad boy in while I was working on a project, it is the Home for the Holidays CD.  I seriously would have this playing in the background during the family visits on Christmas morning, or playing in the back ground while I work.


Definitely a fan of this CD.  I loved is soft versions of my favorites like Angels We Have Heard on High, but also the soulful but fun Go Tell It On the Mountain.  I was pleasantly surprised by 2 songs I was not familiar with, Infant Holy, Infant Lowly and Lo! How a Rose E’er Blooming, that I fell in love with instantly.  See!  You can’t possibly know ALL the Christmas music out there!  Which is why we need to celebrating ASAP

One CD, ok one song, was all it took to put me in the mood.  Before I knew it, I had the AC cranked down, a long sleeve shirt on and a cup of coffee was brewing.  I should tell you, it is November… in Florida.  I’m sure if I walked out to get the mail right now, I’d get more than a few strange looks from my neighbors.

I moved onto the Holiday Classics CD…. and I was giddy.  Like seriously, giddy.


This selection reminded me of the music you hear during a Christmas Program at church or a school.    You could hear the youthful, children’s choir, voices in some songs…. beautiful instrumentals. This CD had variety of styles and sounds that would work great with a children’s program but fun to listen to on it’s own merits.  It’s just a fun CD.

I popped in the third CD when I was getting read to work online, a little study time.   Seasonal Classics is hands down my favorite of the three, because it has my favorite songs on it!   This will probably be the CD I wear out first, in fact… when Christmas is over, this one may stay in the player as a permanent resident.


It starts of with one of my favorite childhood songs, The Twelves Days of Christmas…. but also includes O Holy Night, What Child Is This, and O Come, O Come Emmanuel….. SWOON!  To be entirely honest, I couldn’t even concentrate on my work.  I was just enjoying the music too much.


I am ready to hang my stockings.  I am ready to trim the tree.  I am ready to put out the holly.  I want to smell the cookies baking in the oven.  I want to package up my grandmother’s fudge for giving away.  I want to wrap presents and put the under the tree.  I want to sing Christmas carols and wish people a Merry Christmas. 


…. I am also ready for the kids to be on Christmas break.

Just say’n.



Book Signing in Pensacola FL – Coach Bobby Bowden- “The Wisdom of Faith”

“Coach Bowden gives us insight into the role his strong faith in God has played in his life.  He continues to coach as he reveals his game plan for victorious living.”

—Sylvester Croom, NFL’s Tennessee Titans running backs coach, one of the first African-American athletes at University of Alabama


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Former Florida State University head coach Bobby Bowden, the winningest coach in NCAA Division 1 football history, is set to embark on a book and media tour for his new book, “The  Wisdom of Faith,” written with Steve Bowden, that releases nationwide on Sept. 1, 2014, with the B&H Publishing Group.

Bowden will begin the almost week long media portion of the tour on Aug. 26, 2014, in New York City with interviews including FOX News Channel’s FOX & Friends, FOX News Radio’s Kilmeade & Friends, NFL Network, SI Now (Sports Illustrated’s live 30-minute daily talk show), and SiriusXM College Sports Nation. The media tour will also include a full day of interviews at ESPN on Aug. 28, 2014, including Mike & Mike  and First Take, among several other television and radio interviews, in what industry insiders call a “full car wash.” A radio tour on Aug. 29, 2014 will include interviews with The Tim Brando Show, The Doug Gottlieb Show (CBS Sports Network), and multiple  local sports radio talk shows in markets including Miami, Tallahassee, Fla., Detroit, Atlanta and Charlotte, N.C.

Bowden will be in Florida for multiple book signings the week of Sept. 1, 2014. The signing dates and locations include:

Sept. 4, 2014
10 a.m. –12 p.m.
Family Christian Store
1520 Airport Blvd., Suite 2, Pensacola, FL 32504
(850) 474-9324

About Bobby Bowden:

Bobby Bowden is known as much for his affable charm as he is for his championship teams. Having coached young men for seven decades, he is the winningest coach in NCAA Division 1 football history. Bowden guided Florida State University to more than 300 victories, two national championships, 12 Atlantic Coast Conference titles, finishing in the top five in the country in 14 straight seasons, and he also led the FSU Seminoles to bowl games in 28 consecutive seasons during his 34-year tenure. The patriarch of college football’s most famous coaching family, Bowden remains heavily involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, annually awarding The National Bobby Bowden Award to a student athlete for achievement
on and off the field, including his conduct as a faith model in the community. Bowden was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006. He and his wife of 65 years, Ann, live in Tallahassee, Fla. Bowden was recently in the national spotlight when former Florida State University alum and current NFL quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings, Christian Ponder, and his wife, Sam, had their first child, a baby girl, and named her Bowden.

About B&H Publishing:

B&H Publishing Group, a division of LifeWay Christian Resources, is a team of mission-minded people with a passion for taking God’s Word to the world. Because we believe Every
Word Matters® we seek to provide intentional, Bible-centered content that positively impacts the hearts and minds of people, inspiring them to build a lifelong relationship with Jesus Christ. Among our print and digital releases for the trade, church, and academic markets, titles include The New York Times No. 1 best-sellers The Love Dare and The Vow, #1 CBA best-seller I Am a Church Member as well as the award-winning HCSB Study Bible, which features the Holman Christian Standard Bible translation. Follow us on Twitter at @BHPub and on Facebook.

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