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Merry Christmas! (2016 Edition)


Twas 5 days before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a. . . oh who are we kidding?  There is definitely a lot of stirring going on in this house.  Presents to wrap, a few to buy, just ONE MORE Christmas concert to prepare and perform (not counting Church services), and meals to prep for.

Speaking of Christmas concerts, this year has been a special sort of blessing.  I finally took all the feelings I feel as a musician at Christmas, wrote them down, and got it published on the Canadian Opera Company’s blog, Schmopera. Thanks so much to all of you who already read it, liked and shared!  I’ve been a reader since the beginning and it’s a great blog to follow.

I also never expected for my video of Oh Holy Night to get so much traction on social media.  Or for the concert I sang it at to be so well attended.  I’ve learned so much from singing with Praise First and Logos Collective this year.  They’ve definitely taken me out of my classical singing comfort zone, although I still don’t really like singing with a microphone.  But I at least know how to use it. . . .kind of.

Last night was my voice/MYC recital for my own students.  Everyone did so well and it was a really fun evening.  It was also the first time I’ve been able to have an adult/almost adult ensemble!!

A small chat about holding your music high might be in order. . .

It was also my son’s first Christmas concert and he did so well, especially since he was the only kid who didn’t get to sit with his parents.  #musicteacherproblems

I wanted to post the video of him performing Jingle Bells with his MYC class, but Facebook won’t actually save it to my computer.  So if you need a dose of cuteness in your life, creep me on Facebook and it will be on my timeline.

I love how the little people in this photo are keeping it real.

In these last few days before Christmas, I wish you the time to savour it all.  Yes it’s a special kind of crazy, but these are the moments we’ll look back at fondly when we’re older.  Enjoy drinking your morning coffee by the light of your Christmas tree (or is that just me?) and know that it will all get done and that you are making precious memories for your family.

As for me, I’ll be taking a short break from blogging until after Christmas.  I’ve got some fun New Year’s posts planned and can’t wait to share them with you!

Wishing you a Blessed Christmas Season!

Much Love,


Kristen Raney

Kristen Raney

Kristen is a former farm kid turned urban gardener who owns the popular gardening website, Shifting Roots.  She is obsessed with growing flowers and pushing the limits of what can be grown in her zone 3b garden.  She also loves to grow tomatoes, but oddly enough, dislikes eating them raw.

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