A Holiday of the Heart

Celebrating Christmas over the years has taken so many forms for me — the anticipation and family madness on Christmas morning among eight siblings as a kid; the holiday shows and magic of performing with Disney entertainment in my early twenties; the “good luck” associated with having an acting/singing gig over Christmas and New Year’s during my thirties; the “holiday split”  — not a break-up, mind you — between Chris and me, as we work to determine which holidays will be spent with which of our families, together or separately… And then, of course, there is also the Newbold/Douglas tradition of moving every Christmas break, a tradition I’m grateful to say was broken this year!

But, staying true to celebrating Christmas through memories and life journeys, I had a flashback this morning of my holidays in college, and of my good friend and talented musician/songwriter, Stephen Kapp Perry. Back in those days, we were both getting our feet wet performing, before our official careers took us down different paths. But one Christmas holiday, we stumbled upon a song together, which combined our lyrics, his music, and both our family memories: “Holiday of the Heart.”

I have Christmas memories — pajamas from Grandma and candy canes on the tree. Manger scenes and angel hair. Packages from everywhere you know. All wrapped up and aglow.

I love Christmas memories — a time to remember, December the years have seen. Smell the pine and gingerbread. Someone builds a fire against the cold. It wraps us in its glow.

Christmas is a holiday of the heart. We start to leave the world behind, and no one minds the cold for a few short days. Christmas nearly puts all the world at peace. It teaches of a love divine, that reaches down through time and touches me. My very favorite Christmas memory.

But best of all these memories, a babe in a manger, a stranger who would be king. A love beyond all reason, that stays although the seasons come and go. He wraps us in His glow.

Christmas is a holiday of the heart. We start to leave the world behind, and no one minds the cold for a few short days. Christmas nearly puts all the world at peace. It teaches of a love divine, that reaches down through time and touches me. He is my favorite Christmas memory.

Merry Christmas Steve and Johanne. And Merry Christmas all.

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