On the Ninth Day of Christmas: 9 All-Time Favorite Musical Moments in Christmas Movies

My Christmas daybook for these 12 days of celebrating. We'll be spending Christmastide with some favorite short films and video clips. Join me, won't you? 

For an introduction read this post: Christmastide. You can see previous Christmas Daybook 2018 posts here.

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I realize I may be the only blogger in the Western world still creating posts about Christmas. So be it. It’s my own version of resistance and I’m taking a kind of stubborn pride in not giving up until we’ve celebrated all 12 days here at A Sacramental Life. God, forgive me for my pride, but sustain anything holy in my resistance. Are you still with me?

Today: nine (+) of my all-time favorite musical moments in the Christmas movies we watch year after year. Have you ever considered Christmas carols as their own form of resistance to the what Walter Brueggemann would call, the empire? This is why I could never completely withhold from singing Christmas carols during Advent. The world is subconsciously (or otherwise) bowing the knee to King Jesus with every verse of “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing” or “Joy to the World” streaming through mall intercoms hither and yon. Not all of my favorite Christmas movie carols can be found in a hymnbook, but hidden even in the humanistic poetry of White Christmas there’s a holy longing for peace, justice, and beauty.

That’s why I’m still listening to Christmas carols and watching Christmas movies on January 2nd. Who’s with me?

  1. Ding, Dong, Merrily On High & Deck the Halls - Little Women

  2. Christmas Time Is Here - Charlie Brown Christmas

  3. Snow - White Christmas

  4. One More Sleep Til Christmas - Muppets Christmas Carol

  5. The Spirit of Christmas (Ray Charles) - National Lampoons Christmas Vacation

  6. White Christmas (The Drifters) - Home Alone

  7. White Christmas - White Christmas

  8. Hark the Herald Angels Sing & Auld Lany Syne - It’s A Wonderful Life

  9. Silent Night & Adeste Fidelis- Joyeux Noel

Read: Psalm 33; Genesis 12:1-7; Hebrews 11:1-12; John 6:35-42, 48-51

Pray this poem/prayer for the beginning of a New Year:

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light;
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow;
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

Ring out the grief that saps the mind,
For those that here we see no more;
Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all mankind.

Ring out a slowly dying cause,
And ancient forms of party strife;
Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.

Ring out the want, the care, the sin,
The faithless coldness of the times;
Ring out, ring out my mournful rimes
But ring the fuller minstrel in.

Ring out false pride in place and blood,
The civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.

Ring out old shapes of foul disease;
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.

Ring in the valiant man and free,
The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land,
Ring in the Christ that is to be.
— "A New Year's Poem", Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)


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Write thank-you cards or New Year’s greetings

[from my 2013 post: “12 Ways to Savor the 12 Days of Christmas”]

“When I was growing up my mother always sent her annual family newsletter at New Year's. Makes sense, right? Some years I set up a card-writing station on our dining table so that throughout the week we all take turns writing thank you-cards.”

Here’s some excellent encouragement from Rachel Marie Stone, via Englewood Review of Books: Write A Better Year End Letter. If you’d rather just have a good laugh about not sending any cards, read Simcha Fisher’s How To Write An Honest Christmas Letter.

(See all Christmas Daybook posts from 2017 here.)