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Christmas Songs

While I was editing video for a Christmas skit recently, I was in dire need of the right song to go with the footage. None of my Christmas music really fit what I needed, so I desperately scoured the internet until I found the right one. On my quest, however, I noticed a lack, save one, of really cool Christmas tune covers. Growing up, I really REALLY did not like Christmas music because of the hokey karaoke yuckyness. Except for Dad’s Gary Hoey tape. I loved that one.

So from an ex-Christmas music hater, here is what I like. Is this the best list ever? No way. Will it encourage you listen to even more holly jolly music? <<=

Little Drummer Boy – The Almost

Come Thou Fount – Sufjan Stevens

Carol of the Bells – Family Force 5 cover is crazy and fun. August Burns Red is good, too.

O Come, O Come Emmanuel – Haste the Day. August Burns Red did an instrumental version, too.

All I Want for Christmas is You – House of Heroes. Kevin Lien, too.

Jingle Bells – Ben Rector. Just got this FOR FREE. I shared it with my Japanese students. They found it snappy and better than the one we usually listen to.

12 Days of Christmas – Relient K

Baby, It’s Cold Outside – She & Him. Zooey Deschanel’s butter voice. ahhhhhhh

Oh Come, All Ye Faithful – Abandon Kansas

His Favorite Christmas Story – Capital Lights

I Celebrate the Day – Relient K

I Hate Christmas Parties – Relient K

Christmas Lights – Coldplay

Joy to the World – Hawk Nelson

Christmas, Baby Please Come Home – Anberlin

Christmastime Is Here – Vince Guaraldi Trio (from A Charlie Brown Christmas)


Christmas Pageant – Family Force 5. It’s nuts… but super fun.

Deck the Halls, Bruise Your Knuckles AND Let it Snow, Let it Reindeer – Relient K. These two albums have some of the same songs.

X Christmas album

A Very She & Him Christmas – She & Him

Now That’s What I Call Music – Christmas Volume 1 through a zillion

Fiction Family. Ben Rector. Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Sufjan Stevens.

And all the other cool ones you know that I don’t. If you have suggestions, lemme know!

Note: This music may or may not come in handy when editing videos about Santa on the subway.


Commissioning the End

I’m coming to the end of my time in Japan; the second trimester is nearly over, I’ve lived here over ten months, and I’ve begun reminding my students that they’ll be advancing a grade in Friends Club soon. All things point to March coming quickly.


And while I have so many exciting things to look forward to once I return to America, I still have 100 (ish) days to live fully in Asia. And so my thoughts and prayers have been going into what these last few months should mean to me, to people I know, and to my relationship with my heavenly Father. This time is precious, a gift, in fact, and to not cherish it like I sometimes forget is to waste a beautiful opportunity.


In no particular order, some with explanation and some without:


Think of the lonely times as precious times of solitude with God rather than something sad. I have a whole amazing explanation of how cool lengthy times of being alone can be. Another time maybe.


Do as many new things as possible. Sometimes that means don’t think about it too much. Just eat the raw fish already.


Save money. -_-


Prepare to be a godly wife and helper. Pray. Read. Converse. Stop worrying so much.


Prepare to go into missions. Pray. Read. Converse. Stop worrying so much.


Prepare to be a grown up? …


Find a job a grown up should have. …


Plan a killer honeymoon and reception.


*Worry less about the future.*

Pray for wisdom. A lot. I’ve prayed for wisdom off and on since I was a kid and read about Solomon and David praying for wisdom. I think it’s a cool gift to have.


Accomplish my Bible reading goals.


Get discouraged at least 80% less.


Pray for my students more often.


Focus on the people who have been with me all along this journey. Let the negative feelings from those who didn’t fade away. Count the blessings of loving relationships, and take time to thank those special people.


Appreciate every day the seriously amazing thing I am doing: I live in Japan. Not many people I know can say they’ve done what I’ve done. I am truly blessed.


If you read this, you probably care about me in some way. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. If you are reading by accident, I hope you are encouraged in some way whether it’s having a relationship with Jesus or moving somewhere far away. I’m an example of all things being possible with God.

Praise Him!