Music! It is wonderful at any time of the year but isn't it very special to hear all the songs of Christmas? I think I have told you before that the song "Away In A Manger" is sung to a different tune in the UK than the one that is used in the USA. As I was working on a crochet piece this year, I kept singing that song and I even sang it using the two different tunes! The one phrase that kept coming to mind was "his sweet head"... If you see the following photo, you will know why!
My friends, I worked very hard on trying to make Baby Jesus! (You start at the head -and it took me a while to get it right- so you can see why I kept singing that song part!) It was an awesome project and I felt very happy to work on it. I completed the head and body and since that took me so long, I set it aside. It got closer and closer to Christmas and even though I didn't have time to do any other figures, I was determined to make a manger for the Christ child. Yes! I was able to make the manger and I had Baby Jesus resting there in time for Christmas.
Now, for the rest of this story...
Richard recorded some things for me on TV that he knew we would enjoy watching together. I was very pleased to hear "Away In A Manger" done beautifully from "Royal Carols: Together At Christmas" from Westminster Abbey! It was a lovely service. If you can, you should watch it too!
The other service was from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. There was a song on there that I had never heard of before. THAT song is the one that I want to make sure you listen to the words, keeping in mind of me trying to work on Baby Jesus and then, his manger. The song is "Jesus, Jesus Rest Your Head". (I know, I know.... can you believe it?) "Jesus, Jesus- rest your head, you have got a manger bed".
From what I understand, the song was a folk song from Kentucky. Had it not been for John Jacob Niles who was not only a composer and musician but also a collector of folk music, we might not have ever known this song. (I had never heard of it until I heard it this week on TV!) I truly hope that you love this song as much as I do! It is so peaceful and lovely.
Wish me luck in making this Nativity Scene. Please note that the photos that I have shown you are from the crochet magazine.
We had a bit of snow the day after Christmas. You know I had to ask Richard to take this Christmas ornament (Max, The Grinch's Dog!) and pose the figure as if Max were going down Mt. Crumpet! Yes, my husband is a saint, if you are wondering. LOL! I am sure I have told you before but I will tell you again that I read the book "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" so much to my younger sister and brother that I know the book by heart. It was a joy to read!
Of course, it is warm today with high in the 60's with pretty blue skies. The photo below is from the lift at Stone Mountain, which was taken in October but I promise today was just this sunny. I just thought this shot was interesting, don't you?
God bless you all and a safe and happy new year to you! Peace to you always.