Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Countdown to SC; My Christmas Playlist

It is down to mere hours before the end of the school day on Wednesday and we begin our trek southward to Beth's parent's place on HHI. I'm looking forward to getting out of the cold and snow....although I guess I was out of it just a few weekends ago in SD.

We're splitting the trip up in to two parts since we won't be leaving until after school. Part 1 is to get down to Virginia by Wednesday night and then finish the trip on Thursday in plenty of time for dinner and the Christmas Eve service. Looks like it's going to be nice weather for heading down. Roxy's making the trip with us too, so that always adds and interesting dimension. It's fun to be able to take her since usually we're dropping her off at my parent's so we don't have to worry about the dog on a race weekend.

Down in SC we're planning lots of rest, scrabble (anyone up for a game on FB?), and even sneak in some training at a pool and some runs (where I hope to avoid alligators)....and lots of eating. I train (like running workouts) for weeks like this so I can eat up!!

One aspect of the travelling to note is the fact that we'll be putting in 10-12 hours in the car each way (depending on meal stops and pitstops). So, we need to keep ourselves occupied. Having the internet on the Blackberries I think is going to help for sure. We also download some podcasts about triathlons, the Pirates, and church messages (from places like Hillsong in Austrailia, Willow Creek in Chicago, and Saddleback in California).

Also, this time of the year I put my Christmas music collection on my Ipod. I don't have a big collection for two main reasons. Number 1 is because I'm cheap and don't see value in spending money on music that I only listen to for two weeks a year. Number 2 is that I'm not really a big fan of the 'commercial' Christmas music that doesn't really focus on the true meaning of the season----Jesus being born! So that narrows down my selections.

So, with that, here's my picks to click as far as what I perceive as quality Christmas music:
1. O Come All Ye Faithful by Third Day
2. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear by MercyMe
3. O Holy Night by BarlowGirl
4. Silent Night by MercyMe
5. Overture/O Come All Ye Faithful by Michael W. Smith
6. O Holy Night by MercyMe
7. Silent Night by Sixpence None the Richer
8. Breath of Heaven by Amy Grant
9. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel by Bebo Norman
10. Gloria by Michael W. Smith
11. Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24) by Trans-Siberian Orchestra
12. We Three Kings by Building 429
13. Joy to the World by Third Day

...probably pretty obvious what my favorite Christmas songs are.

Merry Christmas to everybody and safe travels!


Pedergraham said...

Yo Yo Ma's Songs of Joy and Peace is one of my favorite Christmas/Winter albums. Hope that you guys have a safe trip. Usually when we travel, Andrew is conducting meetings via phone on the way, so my job is to play secretary and type e-mails for him on his Blackberry while simultaneously making sure that Lelis well-enough stocked with books in the back seat so that he can hear what is going on in the meetings. Oh, and I get to pet Molly who slowly inches her way into the front seat from the back!

wonderwoman said...

Safe travels. I hope you have some more variety for your music for the trip down. Or at least the way back. That's a long drive. Glad Roxy could make the trip :) Merry Christmas!

Steve said...

They play that Gloria song by Michael W. Smith, at work, it is awesome.

I saw you are listening to Willow Creek podcast or something. Willow Creek started where I grew up. I remember being there with my mom, and family when it was in Willow Creek Theater. (movie theater)

Now that I think of it, I'd have to say Bill Hybels really made me think back then. I believe I was in 8th grade, or somewhere near there. Maybe younger.

We got married in an off-shoot church of Willow Creek here in Holland. Friends of ours go there now, and Hope College and the High Schools run X-country meets on the trails owned by the church. Hard course.

Oh well, safe travels, and have a fun Scrabbling weekend. Keep your eye on your crazy wife. Sometimes I wonder about her. :-)

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