Arts & Entertainment
Make a memory this holiday season by starting a tradition or taking a moment for yourself to spend some quality time with these quality Christmas reads.
In the hustle and bustle of holiday activities, make time to enjoy the peaceful spirit of the season. To help you take your mind off of your dinner parties and visitors, we’ve put together a list of good holiday reads in the true spirit of the season for you and your family to enjoy.
1) Jacob T. Marley by R. William Bennett
Travel back in time with author R. William Bennett, long before the beginning of the famed A Christmas Carol, and discover the story of Scrooge’s miserly business partner, Jacob T. Marley, who returned in ghostly form to warn Scrooge away from his ill-fated path. Unravel the reason for Marley’s chains as the events leading up to his death are revealed in Dickens-style. Jacob T. Marley is a masterfully crafted story of remorse and redemption that is sure to become a Christmas favorite. Read an excerpt from the book here.
Twenty-two years ago, Michael McLean created a Christmas performance that has endeared itself in the hearts of thousands. Read the backstory, the challenges, and how McLean's own family is returning as part of the cast.
It started simply. Michael McLean was seated at his piano when he wondered: “What if I met the innkeeper who turned away Joseph and Mary?” And from that one thought, a new Christmas tradition was born—a tradition that would touch the hearts of countless people through original music and the stories of “forgotten” characters of the Nativity story.
With that first thought, McLean began composing a song from the innkeeper’s perspective called “Let Him In.” And as he wrote that song, another realization dawned: he wrote it because, as he says, “I’m that guy. I am exactly that guy. I’m not a bad guy. I’m just too busy. I miss great moments because I’m just trying to pay the light bill and keep the inn full.”
Composed of four vocal artists from the Rocky Mountains, Hudson Lights creates a fresh fusion of contemporary pop and jazz like you've never heard before. And don’t miss a free Hudson Lights download and the chance to enter our Hudson Lights album giveaway!
Get your toes ready to tap—we’re excited to introduce new music
group Hudson Lights, whose debut album came out
earlier this week. The album features classic covers of legends like Frank
Sinatra and The Beatles along with two original songs. Their sound has been
described as “contemporary pop and jazz music.” In fact, you might recognize these guys from their cover of U2's hit, Beautiful
Bob Ahlander, director of music at Shadow Mountain Records, says Hudson Lights fills a void in the music scene. “I have looked for something like this for the past 2-3 years. There simply isn't another group like them anywhere. They bring classic four-part harmonies back to mainstream music in way that is fresh and engaging. I am super excited about the possibilities.”
What we’re especially in love with here at LDS Living, is how clean the non-religious music is from Hudson Lights (perfect for anyone on your Christmas list—LDS or not!). And this style is so reflective of Hudson Lights members McKay Crockett, Keith Evans, Joseph Moore and Ross Welch, who are all just gems. In fact, we ran into Hudson Lights at the American Fork Deseret Book store—check how truly sweet these guys are:
Everybody knows that Elder Nelson is a heart surgeon, Elder Oaks is a lawyer, and President Eyring is a great educator. What you probably didn’t know is that President Eyring has an artistic side, too.
The impressive professional resume of President Henry B. Eyring, his degree in the rigorous field of physics and time spent as president of Rick’s College, sometimes pigeonholes our perception of him to thinking of him only as a logical and deliberate sort of person. But as a new biography reveals, President Eyring is also an artist.
“Hal particularly enjoyed drawing and painting as he traveled,” the book, I Will Lead You Along, explains. “He took postcard-sized art paper and, while waiting in an airport or taking a private moment in the home of a generous host, would capture a scene of an intriguing place or person. On a long trip, Kathy and the children might receive one of these original postcards in the mail. Upon his return home, Hal would send a similar custom-made thank-you note to his host.”