FINDING THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT

Yesterday was one of those days that I found myself being humbled by simple beauty and love. My mom is a pianist and performs for professional dance companies, choirs and churches around the area. Yesterday she invited me along for a small Christmas choir production that her church was putting on at a local senior center. They were missing a few last minute performers so the director asked if I could join in. At first I was hesitant because, well, I'm not the best of singers. And there were instruments people, I had to play chimes!! Talk about last minute pressure. Luckily for me I took 15 years of dance so I was pretty confident in my rhythm abilities... The music started and all the little old ladies and little old men started singing along. My heart just about melted. As we started singing "I'll Be Home for Christmas" there was this one woman in particular, sitting by herself in the corner, who stood out to me as she mouthed all the words to the song. She walked up to us afterwards, shook each of our hands, and walked slowly back to her room. I'm telling you, I almost died! This time of year is my favorite. I love the music, the movies, the lights, the spirit, and the presents don't hurt either. But sometimes I think we all can forget what the true meaning of Christmas is all about, our Savior. I hope that this Christmas we all can have him in our hearts and do as He would do and help bring joy to all his people around the world.

So what things do you have planned up your sleeve to spread the spirit of Christmas?

58 comments:

  1. chimes yes! we are doing an acts of service advent calendar!

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  2. Simple joys are the BEST.

    "This time of year is my favorite. I love the music, the movies, the lights, the spirit, and the presents don't hurt either. But sometimes I think we all can forget what the true meaning of Christmas is all about, our Savior. I hope that this Christmas we all can have him in our hearts and do as He would do and help bring joy to all his people around the world."

    Well said reminder - we do lose sight of the best things about the season though I don't believe it's sinful to enjoy the pleasantries/traditions that come with the season. :)

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  3. aww how sweet of her!!

    and nice work jumping in last minute when they needed someone. :)

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  4. Sniff.

    SNIFF!

    Seriously, I think I physically felt a pang in my heart when I read the bit about the granny. Aw. Just beautiful...such grace!

    Your whole post warmed my heart! Btw, I nominated you for a Liebster Blog award on my blog so check it out if and when you get a chance. (And OMG, please don't feel the need to do what the Liebster award stipulates -- 11 facts/11 questions answered. My bloggy BFF nominated me almost TWO MONTHS AGO and I only got around to it now...but, again, there was no pressure on me to do it AT ALL, heheh).

    Now, how am I going to spread the spirit of Christmas?

    I guess by just doing things for people to make them feel joyful and at peace; to listen to any problems, provide a semblance of comfort, make them laugh.

    xo

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    1. Blast! The full stop should have been inside the parentheses, not outside. D'oh! Hahah.

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  5. Moments like those are the best... it's so easy to get caught up in all of the fun and lose the real meaning. I love this.

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  6. Aww that is so wonderful. I love the little things about christmas that make up the bigger picture like being with family and friends!

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  7. That picture is amazing! I love how nice everyone is around the holidays, even New Yorkers!

    xx
    Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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  8. What a beautiful moment! I love how everyone can get in the spirit this time of year... wish people would be like that year round... How fun that you got to spread some cheer!

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  9. I am such a sucker for Christmas singing... Music has a way of bringing such a great spirit - especially during Christmas. I'm so glad you did this, and thanks for sharing, it's made my day better.

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  10. i bet you did awesome and its true you almost never regret the things you decide to do. like running a 5k race, playing basketball with your kids, chopping off all your hair and donating it (i just did that) and for you playing the chimes. good for you!

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  11. Ah such a sweet moment. Thank you for sharing~

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  12. gah, this is such a sweet tale! heartmelting

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  13. Awe! This warms my heart! This year I'm trying to make it less about the gifts and more about spending time with the people closest. Oh, and of course reading my son several books about the true meaning of Christmas :)

    xo
    Rachel

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  14. that is so awesome! if you have a video of it i'd love to see :)

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  15. This is so beautiful, TJ. Thanks for sharing this heartwarming moment :)

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  16. amen, i love this!!! i had gotten wrapped up in preparing for the little things about christmas (decorations, get togethers, cards, etc) when i forgot to prepare for the true meaning of CHRISTmas! my husband reminded me the other day and now we have been doing a wonderful series of anticipating the advent, and just reading meditations on the birth of Christ and our need for a Savior :) this is a beautiful post, and thank you for the encouragement :)

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  17. Preach it sista! I loved this post. So many people get wrapped up in the hustle and bustle and forget the little things about christmas. Such as Christmas Carols! :) I totally just had a post very similar to this.

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  18. Your blog is lovely :)

    xoxo
    Camryn

    http://thepocketbookblogg.blogspot.com/

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  19. i'm going to spend as much time with family as possible, have alot of good talks, and try to enjoy myself and show as much love for my friends and family as humanly possible! this was a great post. sometimes i'm just struck by the goodness and happiness in people, and how the greatest moments seem to appear out of nowhere :)

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  20. Lovely story! I'm trying to spend as much time with my family and friends as possible over the festive season. At the risk of sounding incredibly cheesy, I think that all the joy and love we share in the lead-up to Christmas is almost more special than the day itself. x

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  21. That is so sweet and really is what Christmas is all about. I'm sure you really made them so happy by doing that little production for them Good for you =)

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  22. Aw, what an amazing experience that must have been! And what a sweet lady! :) I'm so full of the spirit of Christmas and love I could burst over here!! This is most definitely the best time of year.

    xo

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  23. I would have cried like a baby, I love visiting senior homes!

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  24. I'm hoping to volunteer this month. I have the time and so much to be thankful for, it's worth giving back.

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  25. So nice, sounds heartwarming!
    -Kati

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  26. Such a lovely experience ♥ it must have been a very touching moment for you...

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  27. I love this post. So true. And such a good reminder!

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  28. Amazing picture...




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  29. Oh, I also adore Christmas spirit. Everything - from cheesy decoration, weather, peoples smiles, movies, music ... December is the best of them all, that's for sure! :)

    xx
    http://gita-oddsandends.blogspot.com/

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  30. Oh! It must have been lovely TJ! Nothing like singing christmas songs, that's the spirit girl!
    Btw, I tagged you in a holiday game just for fun if you like to check it out in my latest post :)

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  31. Beautiful. Sometimes, we just need to get out of our own way and bless others.

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  32. I'm doing a similar post to this next week, it's been on my mind a lot. I'm definitely going to make an effort this Christmas!

    Alyssa
    The Glossy Life

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  33. Love the pic! Good for you helping your mom out at the last minute #daughterpoints :)

    xo,
    Allison

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  34. This is so sweet! And I'm sure you totally rocked those chimes. :)

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  35. This is such a sweet and truthful post! I love how you lay it all on the line. I feel like this season is already disappearing on me. That is why the hubs and I have decided to make Christmas treats for the neighbors and pass them out this weekend. I am so excited!! xx. McKenna Lou
    www.lynnandlou.blogspot.com
    p.s. I am so glad I came across your blog! NEW Bloglovin FOLLOWER right here!!

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  36. Ugh, I absolutely love everything about the warmth in this post. You're just so sweet. This might just have pushed my Christmas spirit into overdrive.

    Hopefully today, my handsome fella and I will finally be getting our tree in our living space and decorated. It's our first "married Christmas" as I keep saying (punny huh? don't mind my cheeseiness) and I couldn't be more excited!

    -birdy

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  37. This is the best post I've read all day. You've truly captured the meaning of Christmas. Love it!! x

    Carly
    www.theislandsecret.com

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  38. sweetest post! you always have the best thoughts.
    also, we are hosting a great giveaway over on our blog today..come enter! xo chaseandem.blogspot.com

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  39. Tj, Hi how are you hon? I've been up and down for a couple months so I've not been posting much or reading much, but trying to catch up. I adore this because THIS is life! Serving others, and interacting, Jesus did just that--making connections with humans we don't know is a radically beautiful thing that we all need to do more! I love your humility to perform at the last minute, and your willingness to go for it. You were a blessing and you were blessed!

    xo

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  40. Not sure yet but I love your post!

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  41. The spirit during this time of year is most definitely the very best part. Great story! How humbling :)

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  42. What a touching story, I too can't sing........at all. We used to volunteer Christmas day serving dinner at the Community Center, but truth be told there got to be way too many volunteers as the years went by. Which is a good thing. Usually we just deliver treats to as many people as we can.

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  43. LOVE. Thank you :)

    xoxo
    Liesl

    woodsy-soiree.blogspot.com

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  44. That is so sweet of you! Doing charitable things is really the essence of Christmas. xo

    http://www.jenventure.blogspot.co.uk

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  45. Little moments like the ones you describe make it really feel like Christmas!
    thehartungs.blogspot.ca

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  46. Great post! I love piano. I`m pianist too ;)

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  47. What a beautiful story. This time of year is so special! Thank you for sharing! :)

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  48. What a beautiful story. And it takes a beautiful person to recognize such a moment :) Your blog always puts a smile on my face :) Than you for that!

    xx
    
Holly Foxen Wells

    GlamourMash

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  49. Beautiful story! I just love your blog more and more!
    To celebrate the holidays I will drink hot cocoa every day... except I do that in the summer too :)

    mkphipps.blogspot.com

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  50. lovely post, and thanks for visiting my blog too!
    I plan to celebrate with my mom, as shes a really talented singer, so its just nice to spend time singing together!
    xo Adela
    yetthisonecounts.blogspot.com

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  51. That sounds wonderful. I have to define and reinvent Christmas, a little, since I am celebrating it in Summer from now on.
    To get into the spirit I will try and bake the local traditional Christmas treat and will make some for the family.

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