One of our most cherished parts of the Christmas season here at the Ritz house is when we (and when I say we, I mean Jason) get the red and green storage containers down from the attic and pull out the Christmas movies and CDs that have been stored away since the previous December. I love deciding which CD to put in first... it sets the tone, somehow. Here are some of my all time favorite Christmas CD's in no particular order:
1. Christmas in Black and White - Nicole C. Mullen
2. When My Heart Finds Christmas - Harry Connick Jr.
3. World War II Radio Christmas - Bing Crosby
4. A Christmas Album - Amy Grant (1993)
5. Oh For Joy - David Crowder Band (this one is brand new!)
Here are some of the lyrics that get my heart in tune with the Christmas spirit:
If I could have a special dream
coming true on Christmas morn
I would want the world to see
How his Father smiled when Christ was born
The greatest gift the world has ever known
So come on kids, look high and low
for all the toys you dreamed to find,
But I believe you'll never know
a greater joy than Jesus' love inside.
- Love Has Come by Amy Grant
Can you see the wise men?
A star did guide them searching all the earth
Till they found the one child, the very Godchild,
who ruled the universe
Did they know the lady's little baby
was God and fully man
And everything they gave him
he himself had made with his hands?
- Lamb of God by Nicole C Mullen
Oh what a sacred nightthe stars are shining bright
The angels singing loudly, 'The Savior has arrived!'
And music fills the sky, Oh what a lullaby
To announce the new born Baby, to people far and nigh
- Sacred Night by Nicole C Mullen
Carla Ritz. Proof positive that God uses cracked pots!