As November ends and December turns up on our calendars, I’m anticipating the Christmas season and HOPE! Hope is my focus word for this Advent season.
Christmas and Jesus, the baby in the manger, is hope come to earth.
What a gift!
I have a playlist mix of Christmas songs and hymns on my iPod. I’ve been setting it to shuffle play and love the soft beauty of the music filtering through my house. It’s playing right now as I type and the melody drifts up the stairs to me and my laptop.
I’m grateful for the wonder of music and art and words of hope shared by humans in this world. We are created in our Father’s image and carry the stamp of His creativity. It’s so incredible to see how it pours out of each person in unique ways.
Saturday morning I was delighted to watch an early preview of Christmas Under the Stars featuring Lauren Daigle. This special presentation is a delightful mix of beautiful Christmas hymns and Christmas Carols with a dash of fun and catchy Christmas songs blended in.
The show begins by launching into Jingle Bells with a contagious enthusiasm.
The music is interspersed with snippets of conversation with Lauren about Christmas traditions in her life, hospitality, gift wrapping, and other memorable moments to the season.
There’s a flavor of jazz in the music, adding a lovely and lively sound. Lauren Daigle comments that “it is a tip of the hat to New Orleans history and growing up in Louisianna.”
Mark your calendars and watch this show on December 6, 2020 at 9:00p ET | 6:00p PT.
Stream FREE on BYUtv or on the BYUtv app.
You can catch it in the app anytime after the premier as well. Sit and savor or use it as a perfect backdrop while you pull out giftwrap and tape and wrap Christmas presents for family and friends. Watch it as part of a beautiful Advent activity or simply as an ushering in of the Christmas season.
I’ve loved the song, Drummer Boy since I was a child. The setting and performance of Drummer Boy in this show was one of my favorite parts. Two of my other particular favorites were O Come, O Come Emmanuel and Light of the World. Both so beautiful and inspiring.
Lauren ends the evening with her powerful song and message You Say. Such a good reminder.
Partway through the performance, I was doubly delighted to spy in the audience, this Instagram comrade friend, in attendance along with Alena Pitts. It was a fun surprise to spy some of my IG people who inspire me. It jogged my memory to seeing them share about attending this performance in their IG stories earlier this year. Always fun to spy familiar faces!
Here’s a couple of sneak peeks in the videos below of the Christmas presentation and Lauren Daigle’s new Christmas album.
We have a giveaway at the bottom of this post for this Christmas CD, Behold.
Here’s the promotion description for this special presentation ~
“When it comes to Lauren Daigle, the only thing more powerful than the voice of this two-time GRAMMY-Award winner and multi-platinum-selling artist is her message. And this year, her first full-length Christmas television special, “Christmas Under The Stars with Lauren Daigle,” airs Sunday, December 6 at 9 p.m. EST on BYUtv. You’ll hear Lauren’s Christmas memories and the influences of New Orleans Jazz in her renditions of Christmas classics and beloved originals from her Christmas album Behold in this intimate concert experience. So, gather the family, roast some chestnuts (or at least pop some corn), and enjoy “Christmas Under The Stars with Lauren Daigle” on Sunday, December 6 at 9 p.m. ET | 6 p.m. PT on BYUtv. You can also stream the program for free on the BYUtv app anytime after the premiere.“
It is so hard to pick a favorite…I heard the bells on Christmas Day, Drummer Boy, Silent Night….music is good for me.
Music is such an inspiration! I love Drummer Boy and O Holy Night. Let it Snow and Walking in a Winter Wonderland.
Danielle Hammelef says
Silent Night is my favorite. I’m waking every morning to my favorite Christian radio station now playing Christmas songs by my favorite artists like MercyMe and Chris Tomlin.
Glorious! That’s a delightful way to start the day.
Mercy Me and Chris Tomlin are among my favorites too. Along with Casting Crowns and Andrew Peterson.
Julie B says
A Hallelujah Christmas by Cloverton
The name is captivating in itself!
I grew up listening to Amy Grant so I love her song Grown Up Christmas List song!!
Oh, so beautiful!
Silent Night and Joy to the World.
Both are so beautiful!
Cassandra D says
I like Michael W. Smith It’s a Wonderful Christmas and Steven Curtis Chapman The Music of Christmas.