For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  – Isaiah 9:6

When I was a kid, this popular Christmas song played on my parent’s Montgomery Ward record player – yes – the record player / television / radio unit that sat in every American living room back in the early 1960’s.  You know the one I mean…  don’t sit there and act like you don’t remember.  😉curtismathes02And, of course the star singer at Christmas time back in the day was PERRY COMO!  My folks had every Como Christmas album that came out, I think.51t6kcvval-_ss500

untitled-21619zyozrzdllargeperry_como-christmasIf I had to choose a favorite Como Christmas song, it would be “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas.”  Let’s take a listen:

I know it’s not a terribly meaningful song in a religious sense…  or wait – maybe it is.  Take a look at this poem by Lucinda Berry Hill – it fits the same tune perfectly.  🙂

christmas-is-jesusSo you see, whether you are listening to Third Day, Casting Crowns, Mark Lowry – or Bing Crosby, Perry Como, Andy Williams…  you always remember that Christmas is never Christmas without Christ.  No matter how the world tries to take Him out of the celebration, they can’t – His wonderful name IS CHRIST – and that’s the beginning of Christmas!

Without Him there are no Christmas miracles – just artificial holiday cheer.  I’d rather expect miracles than see a bunch of people who pretend to be cheerful from alcohol or some other resource at hand.  When I see X-mas it just makes me so sad because some folks are literally X-ing away the real reason for the season.  I don’t understand it.  I never will.jesus-candy-cane-prayer

This year when I listen to Como, I’m going to sing Lucinda’s lyrics because I like them much more than the original song’s lyrics!  Let’s celebrate the birth of our Lord this year.  That’s what it’s all about!  Christmas is JESUS!  🙂



Vinyl is final…  have you noticed that they are starting to sell vinyl records again???  The CD’s are still out there, but vinyl never really went away.  The other day at Barnes & Noble I noticed they are selling record players!  Yep – I guess those records were not such a bad thing after all.


Today is VINYL RECORD DAY!!! In my mind I am wearing bell bottom jeans (with patches), an old T-shirt and an over-shirt from the Army surplus store. I’m back in the 1970’s, singing along with Toni Tennille at the top of my lungs…

Back in the day when I was in my bedroom all alone with my records playing on the turntable, what was I holding in my hand? Well, of course it was… my HAIRBRUSH!!! My hairbrush was my pretend microphone – and I was awesome! I stood in front of my mirror with it and sang and sang and…

Today We have had so much fun in our facebook group – A Second Helping of Wellness… with a dash of humor and a pinch of faith (you should join if you have not already). We’ve had discussions about all the old records we used to listen to and we have talked about the different artists. There are some very smart people in our group who know a lot about music.

Back in 1976 I was into Captain & Tennille BIG time!!! Daryl Dragon (born August 27, 1942) is without a doubt the best keyboard player I’ve ever heard and Toni Tennille was (and still is) just stunning and so very talented. She sported the cutest hairstyle on one of their first album covers – and I wanted my hair just like hers! Thanks to my Aunt Mary, who was a hairstylist for Pierre’s in Hollywood, I got my wish!

So – between that hairstyle and my make-believe microphone hairbrush, I just knew I was well on my way to stardom someday! No lack of confidence then – um… nope!

Go over to You Tube and listen to some Captain & Tennille today.  It might make you wanna dance!

I never want to lose my wish to improve – to better my life and my circumstances. If we suffer through losses, chronic disease, pain (both physical and emotional) and lose our stubborn inner determination to crawl out from under it, that is when we are in trouble and in danger of just giving in and giving up. Don’t let that happen. Our loved ones who have gone on would not want that for us, and if we’re honest – we would say we don’t want that for ourselves.  🙂