Hidden Christmas Tracks

While the standards are playing on the radio, here’s a beautiful Christmas song you won’t hear all the time. 

The Night Before Christmas
Written by Carly Simon and recorded by Amy Grant
 

If your heart’s been longing
You’ve been afraid to try
Sorrow’s kept you company
And the dance has passed you by
I’ll lift you up and blaze with you
Across the moonlit sky on the night before Christmas

This song lifts my hopes and touches the depths of my heart at the same time.  In it, she sings joyful reassurance that there’s a place for everyone in celebrating Christmas:  “You don’t have to be an angel to sing harmony; you don’t have to be a child to love the mystery.”  Yet just as my spirits swell in joy, the above verse swoops in and finds that hidden corner of my heart that clings to sadness and doubt.  In the whispered tones of a dear confidant, the singer shines a gentle light on that dark corner.  With that light comes healing and release to join the dance and “blaze…across the moonlit sky.”   For me, this song captures the sweet combination of joy and melancholy the season brings. 

Visit this page on Amazon.com to hear the song and add it to your Christmas music collection!

Maria’s Hidden Christmas Tracks:

  • Quiet Christmas written and sung by Michael Gott
  • The Night Before Christmas sung by Amy Grant and written by Carly Simon

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