Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Monday, December 29, 2014
"The weather outside is frightful! But the fire is so delightful. And since we've no place to go. Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!!"
This Christmas tune is a pure reflection of what's going on outside.
I live in a snow globe!
In other news I'm sick. I caught the cold my brother Steven still has. Funny enough last Christmas everyone in my family but him was sick. This Christmas everyone but him was healthy.
Then last Saturday I started getting the "I'm getting sick" feeling. It happens every single time without fail. A feeling of uncontrollable thirst, and no matter how much water I drink I'm still parched. Then, sure enough, I'm in full on cold or flu mode within 6-9 hours. As a positive, because I get such warning I'm able to crank up the immune boosters. Mainly zinc, beta carotene, and essential oils.
Meanwhile I'm not going to stress. It's nice watching the snow and knowing I don't have to go out in it. Freshly fallen snow is so peaceful.
(As a note, one of my New Years resolutions is to not get sick at all in 2015! This year has been ridiculous.)
Friday, December 26, 2014
Thursday, December 25, 2014
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
There are so many gallant stories about music. Handel composed his Messiah oratorio in only 24 days. Beethoven composed his extraordinary 9th Symphony with its magnificent 4th movement after he had lost his hearing. These are just some stories to marvel and wonder, but sometimes the most memorable stories worth sharing aren't the ones that come with blazing trumpets, but are carried softly on the wind, rocking like a gentle lullaby.
That's how the 2012 movie Silent Night--written, directed, and produced by Christian Vuissa--is told, like a heartfelt melody swiftly taking us from one tender moment to the next.
Joseph Mohr is young and full of hope when he arrives on assignment in the small Austrian town Oberndorf to serve as assistant Priest. It's the early 19th century, and the Catholic church has just started allowing church service to be given in German instead of the traditional, not understood Latin. Joseph loves this change, and he enjoys encouraging those who do not regularly attend church to come and hear the word of God in their native tongue. He also invites some local tavern goers to join the church choir. Joseph is full of love and enjoys serving everyone, but his ideas are met with opposition, which later tests his passion. Yet through it all he writes the beautiful words to Silent Night, a Christmas carol now loved all over the World.
This is the story of Silent Night and the men who wrote the song.
There are so many wonderful Christmas classics that I love to watch every year. The Christmas Carol (Muppet Style), A Charlie Brown Christmas, The Grinch who Stole Christmas, to name a few. Silent Night is a beautiful movie about faith and the love of God. It's more quiet and soft spoken then the other movies I mentioned, but during Christmas isn't it nice to settle down and remember what Christmas is all about? Love, service, and remembering the birth of our Savior.
Silent Night is a beautiful movie that I won't just watch every Christmas, but all year long.
I bought the video from Deseret Book, where it's still on sale for $9.99.