At Christmastime, homes and stores are flooded with festive music that gives me butterflies of excitement. I can't help it. There's nothing like Christmas to make one feel like a little kid again.
And while I find myself dancing to "Rocking Around the Christmas Tree," melting at Nat King Cole's "Christmas Song," and tearing up at "I'll Be Home for Christmas," the holiday songs that truly change me are those that testify of the Savior and His love for us.
This year, LDS Living has had the honor of sharing many such songs by LDS artists, but here are a select few that opened our eyes and helped us reflect on the true gift of the season—the birth of Jesus Christ.
Heartbreakingly Beautiful Christmas Lullaby Shares Mary's Perspective of Christ's Birth
"Son of God" shares the story of the holy night of Christ's birth from a different perspective—that of Mary, a mother elated at the birth of her perfect Son and frightened at the thought of all He will have to face and bear. This original song by Paul Cardall, featuring Patrice Tipoki, will have you thinking of the Nativity in an entirely new way—one that makes that sacred night more personal and meaningful.
"Son of God" is featured on Paul Cardall's latest CD, A New Creation, which takes listeners on a spiritual journey from the creation of the world to the ultimate salvation of mankind and features a new song written by Elder David A. Bednar.
Tabernacle Choir's Christmas Video Takes an Interesting Twist on the Prodigal Son
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir's Christmas music video took a relatable, modern-day take on a beloved Bible story—that of the prodigal son. Grab a box of tissues as you watch this beautiful video that connects to so many of our experiences with our family.
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For more beautiful Christmas songs from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir that will bring the Spirit into your home this holiday, check out Glad Christmas Tidings, or for a fun family Christmas movie featuring the muppets from Sesame Street, check out Keep Christmas with You.
Hauntingly Beautiful "Breath of Heaven" Will Leave You Speechless
How did Mary feel as she prepared to give birth to the Son of God in a manger far away from home? LDS artists Madilyn Paige and Wayne Burton teamed up to create a simply stunning cover of Amy Grant's "Breath of Heaven" that gives us a little insight into Mary's perspective.
"Breath of Heaven" and other beautiful Christmas songs are featured on the brand new album, Come Let Us Adore Him.
Stunning Version of "O Holy Night" Shares Touching Story
About this beautiful video, GENTRI posted to Facebook. "We live in a world where we are sometimes prone to judgment. Perception becomes our reality. In our haste, we can jump to false conclusions and lose opportunities to lift and lighten the loads of others. As we allow the light of Christ to work miracles within our own heart, we then are empowered to work wonders in the lives of others. May His perfect example of love and compassion for all guide us in our own charity towards those around us this Christmas season and always."
After their incredible Christmas mashup hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts last year, GENTRI released a full-length holiday album, two years in the making.