Embarrassingly, I was out-gifted by my sister last year.

I know, I know. It’s not a contest.

But when the gift my sister gave Mom for Christmas last year brought tears to her eyes, I knew she had “won”.

What was that gift?

A rosary. 

Seriously. The daughter who runs the Catholic website was out-gifted by her sister, who gave Mom a rosary.

I still shake my head at myself for that one, but with a smile on my face.

Love to all,

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O God, whose Son was born
in Bethlehem, on that
wonderous night, lead us to
that same place, where Mary
laid her tiny child.
As we look on in wonder and
praise, make us welcome Him
and all new life, and care for
His handiwork; the earth,
the sky and the sea.
O God, bless us again in Your
great love. We pray for this
through Christ our Lord,

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The song Hallelujah is one of my all time favorite songs. I first heard it on Jeff Buckley’s album Grace years ago. Since then, I have heard many variations of it performed by a variety of artists from Lenard Cohen (the original writer) to Justin Timberlake, to A-Capella groups and even in the movie Shrek.

However, I just found this version from the group Cloverton. They change up the lyrics (which always had a very spiritual feel to it) to tell the story of Christ’s birth.

Here is their version:

Here is my favorite version from Jeff Buckley

Have a wonderful Christmas season everyone.


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