Tonight, the living room is quiet. The Christmas tree twinkles and reflects on the picture window, a rainbow of colors infusing joy in the space we call home.
The littles are all tucked warmly in their beds after an evening ending in snuggles and stories of jingle bells and The Christmas Promise.
I sit here with the flame from my orange thyme + cardamom soy candle flickering softly, the scent providing evidence of the season that is upon us. Advent, a time of waiting, a time of reflection, a time to remember He is coming, He has come.
December, my favorite month, arrives promptly each year after an intentional time of gratitude. Thanksgiving gives way to a plethora of family activities, experiences, and memory making moments through the remainder of the holiday season.
If we’re not careful, this opportunity for a time of reflection as we await the Christ child’s birth can become a whirlwind instead, one filled to the brim with shopping and traffic and bouncing from party to party, activity to activity, with little recollection of the true significance of the celebration we’re anticipating.
For me, it’s the sights and sounds of the Christmas season – the lights, the scents, the music, the people – that draw me back into the story of Jesus’ birth. All around me the world screams red with desire and green with envy as purchases seek to fill the emptiness inside people’s hearts.
At times I need a reset, a reminder of the true nature of the season. For me this year, that reset has come in the form of Chris Tomlin’s newest album, Adore: Christmas Songs of Worship.
I realized quickly how much I was going to adore this album when in the middle of the very first song I found myself listening with hands raised in praise. There is something immensely special about Christmas music that leads you right to into worship while reflecting on the birth of Jesus.
This album is heart-stirring, a compilation of traditional Christmas music with a contemporary worship twist. I’ve loved listening with my kids and singing along as we learn the songs together. Chris Tomlin is known for singing in a vocal range that makes it easy to sing along in corporate worship and also with your family.
Many songs are recorded Live and several feature other artists including Lauren Daigle, All Sons & Daughters, and Kristyn Getty.
1. He Shall Reign Forevermore
3. Midnight Clear (Love Song)
4. Noel featuring Lauren Daigle
5. Hymn Of Joy
6. Silent Night featuring Kristyn Getty
7. What Child Is This? featuring All Sons & Daughters
8. It’s Christmas
9. A King Like This
11. A Christmas Alleluia featuring Lauren Daigle & Leslie Jordan of All Sons & Daughters
I really can’t recommend this album enough! Grab a copy on iTunes or Amazon.
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