This year, millions of viewers of The Tabernacle Choir's annual Christmas concerts on PBS will be celebrating the joyous culture of Christmas in Ireland.
This one-of-a-kind giftbook introduces three Irish holiday traditions as shared by acclaimed film and television actor, Neal McDonough. Each tradition is an opportunity to make Christmas more meaningful for ourselves and others, wherever we live and whatever our heritage.
One of these traditions is preparing homes and hearts for the new year. Besides cleaning the barn and cottage, the holidays are for renewing relationships, reconciling differences, and returning kindnesses.
Another world-renowned Irish tradition is placing a lighted candle in the window―a reminder that long ago the Holy Family sought shelter but found no room at the inn. Over the centuries, a candle in the window has become a symbol of openheartedness, signaling to others that they are welcome within.
Finally, across Ireland, Christmas is ushered in by adorning the house with holly. But a simple wreath of thorned green leaves and bright red berries is more than decoration. It is a symbol of Christ's suffering for all humankind and an assurance that because of Him, heartache can give way to hope and peace.
The book also includes a piano/vocal score of the song "Come to Him This Holy Night," performed in concert by The Tabernacle Choir with Mr. McDonough. The new text was written to the tune of a beloved Irish folk song and connects each of the Irish traditions to the timeless account of the Nativity.
Come to Him This Holy Night is a unique giftbook of story and song that will bring Christmas joy to people everywhere.
This is a short book, but it is filled with beautiful artwork, stories, and lyrics. I look forward to attempting to play the song included at the end of the book - or just looking it up and listening to it the way it was meant to be heard. (My piano skills are very rusty.)
This book would be a great addition for anyone who enjoys reading a different Christmas book each night. I enjoyed reading about the Irish traditions. I have no desire to do the polar plunge and holly is most definitely not something found in the desert where I live, but I can definitely make sure to continually give thanks for my many blessings.
Title: Come to Him This Holy Night
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