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Christmas Presence

Released: 2001


Physical CD

“A timeless collection of 13 traditional hymns along with two original compositions, reflects the reverence and serenity of this very special Season. Arrangements of these classics are especially artful and heartfelt, all in all a great Holiday Soundtrack! ”


1. O Holy Night

2. What Child is this’
3. Angels We Have Heard on High
4. We Three Kings
5. A Christmas Memory
6. Coventry Carole
7. Brahm’s Lullaby/Away in a Manger
8. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
9. The First Noel
10. I Wonder as I Wander
11. O Little Town of Bethlehem
12. Christmas in Your Heart
13. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
14. Ave Maria
15. Silent Night
I grew up with a great respect for each and every holiday due to the incredible enthusiasm my Mother bestowed upon them. Holidays were to be reveled in – any excuse to take an even bigger bite out of life. But Christmas was her favorite and she decorated to the hilt. “Santa” so transformed our home over Christmas Eve nite that I always made sure a hearty selection of Christmas cookies were there for refueling, and ’twas a good thing, as there was nary a crumb remaining, all of those delicious Christmas mornings.
Album Notes (continued)

Each year at the stroke of “December first”, an interesting phenomenon occurred; with the passing of the days, one by one my dolls began to disappear. At first, I couldn’t understand it and then my Mother assured me that Santa must have taken them for some reason and I shouldn’t worry. As a child, the long-awaited morning was a dream of epic proportions. I would enter the living room and there beneath the tree was a sight so fantastic that nothing could compare. There nestled amidst the presents were my dolls, all in brand new outfits and matching shoes, each with hair styled anew with brightly colored satin ribbons. After the first year, I came to expect the mysterious disappearance and grew all the more excited because of it. For a child, the gifts in their marvelous packages and bows seemed uppermost, but as I learned who Santa really was, it became clear that the greatest gift I would ever receive was the presence of my Mother’s love!

Now, as I prepare for this most wonderful of holidays, surrounding myself with decorations old and new, caroles play and watching the fire crackle, I am bathed in the warmth of my memories and wrap the love around me like a blanket of snow cocoons the earth as it prepares for another “New Year” of growth.

Merry Christmas and may its presence be with all of you the whole year through!