Christmas Song Story: Gabriel’s Message

“Gabriel’s Message” is a Christmas folk carol that tells of Gabriel’s announcement to the Virgin Mary that she would become the mother of the Christ. The song is also known as “The angel Gabriel from heaven came” from the first line and based on the passage from Luke 1:46-55. For this reason the text is known as “The Magnificat.” The […]

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Author Spotlight: Karen Malley

It’s a joy to welcome Karen Malley today as she shares about her writing journey. I’ve been reading her books and they are very enjoyable. Karen is also hosting over on our Little Bit of Christmas FB page, so hope on over and join us. What inspired you to start writing?  Have you always written? I actually wrote my first […]

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Christmas Scavenger Hunt Entry

Congratulations! You’ve made it through our Christmas Scavenger Hunt and met some wonderful authors. You will need the phrase located at the bottom of each page in order to enter the drawing. Not sure where to start. You can start by clicking right here and it’ll take you to the first page of the Scavenger Hunt right here on my […]

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Get to Know the Author: Jodie Wolfe

It’s an honor to welcome author Jodie Wolfe as she shares with us today. She’s also taking over our Christmas FB group for the day and we’d love to have you join us there as well. Tell us about your latest release. Here’s the back cover blurb: Enoch Valentine has given up finding peace for his past mistakes. He throws […]

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Christmas Song Story: Ding Dong! Merrily on High   

“Ding Dong! Merrily on High” first appeared as a secular dance tune written by a French cleric, Thoinot Arbeau under the pen name Jehan Tabourot (1519-1593). The song was published under the title “Brandle de l’Official.” George Ratcliffe Woodward (184801934) added the words and first published the Christmas carol in 1924. Woodward wrote several carol books and had an interest […]

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Christmas song Story: The Holly and the Ivy

The Holly and the Ivy is a traditional British folk Christmas carol. The song was published during the early 19th Century. William Hone mentioned the work in his 1823  Ancient Mysteries Described. Holly is found throughout Europe and commonly referenced at Christmastime, often as Christ’s thorn. Since medieval times the plant has been a symbol for the Christian faith. Holy […]

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Hymn Story: Praise to the Lord the Almighty

“Praise to the Lord! the Almighty, the King of Creation!” was written by Joachim Neander in 1680.  He was the first important hymn-writer of the German Reformed Church. He primarily wrote after he went to Düsseldorf, where he’d taken a vow of silence to anything except official work. He died in 1680 at the age of thirty. Catherine Winkworth translated […]

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Author Spotlight: Kathy McKinsey

Today we are starting a new feature, the author spotlight. I will be featuring some of my author friends. It’s my privilege to introduce you to Kathy McKinsey today. Share with us an interesting tidbit about your story Millie’s Christmas started as an exercise to prod myself to write every day. I normally write women’s fiction, but I remembered writing […]

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Song Story: Praises, I’ll Sing Praises

Growing up we sang and I learned to play on the piano “Praises, I’ll sing praises…to Jesus my Redeemer my friend.” The song was published in 1976 by John T. Benson Publishing Company. The song was written by W. Elmo Mercer, who wrote over 600 Gospel songs and hymns including “each Step I Take.” In the 1960s, Mercer worked for […]

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Carol of the Rooms Now Available

It is with great pleasure that I announce my debut novel, “Carol of the Rooms” is now available. This story has been through a lot of changes over the last eight years since it was originally written but it is a great pleasure to finally be able to share my “book baby” with you, my dear reader. Discover why Terri […]

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Patriotic Song: The Battle Cry of Freedom

“The Battle Cry of Freedom” was written in 1862 by George Frederick Root.  The song is also known as “Rally ‘Round the Flag.” The song is a patriotic song, popular during the American Civil War, that advocated the causes of unionism and abolitionism. A modified version of the song became the campaign song for the 1864 Lincoln-Johnson presidential election. One […]

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