“When the mountain touches the valley
All the clouds are taught to fly
As our souls will leave this land most peacefully
Though our minds be filled with questions
In our hearts we’ll understand
When the river meets the sea…”


“It’s in every one of us
To be wise
Find your heart
Open up both your eyes,
We can all know everything
Without ever knowing why,
It’s in every one of us
By and by…”

Christmas Tree decorated with painting of barn behind


“A frosty Christmas Eve,
when the stars were shining
I traveled for the home,
where westward falls the hill
And for many, many a village,
in the darkness of the valley
Distant music reached me,
peels of bells were ringing…

“The singing of the angels,
the comfort of our Lord
Words of old that come a traveling,
by the riches of the times
And I softly listened,
as I stood upon the hill
And I softly listened,
as I stood upon the hill.”

Christmas Tree top with a purple ball


“The season is upon us now
A time for gifts and giving
As the year draws to its close
I think about my living…

That peace on earth fills up your time
That brotherhood surrounds you
That you may know the warmth of love
And wrap it all around you
It’s just a wish, a dream I’m told
From days when I was young…”

Poet’s Notes:

The above lyrics are from songs included in the album John Denver & the Muppets: A Christmas Together. Nearly four decades and counting, it remains my favorite Christmas album. The songwriters/lyricists are as follows:

  1. When the River Meets the Sea, by Paul Williams
  2. It’s in Every One of Us, by David Pomeranz
  3. Noel: Christmas Eve, 1913, music by Lee Holdridge, lyrics adapted from a poem by Robert Bridges
  4. A Baby Just Like You, by John Denver and Joe Henry

Images are by me, featuring this year’s Christensen family Christmas tree as decorated by mother. Have a Happy New Year, readers!