“Hard Candy Christmas”

This week The ‘Mike’ is reflecting on Christmas music. I’d like to share this one with you before starting. You might know it already—“Hard Candy Christmas” by the great Dolly Parton. I love this song. It’s a tender tear-jerker, not unlike Dolly’s delicate voice and emotional delivery.

A ‘hard candy Christmas’ described the holiday for a family so poor that parents could only afford a cheap bag of hard candies to give to their kids; and Christmas was the only time for such a splurge.

My hope is that you’ll think of someone else this season, if only by remembering them in your prayers. Everyone’s not happy like most of us, for different reasons. And many are like the narrator of this song—just getting by.

Yet circumstance doesn’t have to take the merriment out of Christmas. Listen and reflect.

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Christmas Series—“I Love That Line!”

CC BY-NC, emily.bluestar, Flickr

CC BY-NC, emily.bluestar, Flickr

Once again The ‘Mike’ is celebrating the holiday by showcasing the writing of its friends. The Christmas week will feature me and three guest writers all reflecting on our favorite Christmas tunes. Who doesn’t love Christmas music, right? So if you do, chime in with us and share your thoughts. Let me introduce you to my guests.

Lisa A. Tuttle, aka “Sparky”, is the writer of the whimsical Hey Sparky! What Time Is It? I’ve described her blog as “a little humor that gets T-boned by profound truth (and vice versa)”—and it’s true. I’m always smiling (or laughing) after reading Lisa’s posts, or reeling from the rich insight she whips out. I cannot wait to see what she’ll share with us.

Kathleen Becker is the writer of Coming2Him. I wanted Kathleen as part of this series because her writing is perspicuous, sincere, and richly insightful. That kind of writing enjoined with this season is a recipe for a meaningful reflection. If you aren’t familiar with Coming2Him, I’m happy to introduce you.

Nate Smith is the writer of Breaking the Silence. I love Nate’s eclectic style, genuineness, and determination for God. Nate’s writing is sometimes light and fun and at other times very probing, intimate, and honest. His blog features a little of everything: poetry, travelogue, confession, reflection, and devotion. Let’s see how he’ll reward us!

I hope you’ll return and share a little of our Christmas spirit. By the way, what is one of your favorite Christmas songs or lines?