Announcing the New and PERFECT Blog Schedule + Merry Belated Christmas

As you can see from the title, today we will be announcing not the New and Improved Blog Schedule, but the New and PERFECT Blog Schedule! 😉

But, Kell, you just did this … like, in September. *glares because we don’t give a fluffy pillow about schedules … or about reading blog posts about schedules, for that matter*

I know, I know! But that one wasn’t working for me! It just wasn’t. And what do we do when we’re a perfectionist and whatever it is that we’re using isn’t working for us? That’s right! We throw it away!

WE MEET AGAIN!!!! (somebody tell we you still remember the infamous we?)

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A Bunch of Random (Fun!) Updates

This post will just be updating you on a lot of random (and hopefully fun) stuff as it says in the title. Be sure to like, comment, and share. Trust me, the fun is really fun. 😛 (Hint: pretty big discounts on my novels!)

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Hi folks!

Guess what? I published my first story on Noble Novels! It’s a short story (not even 1,000 words) called Esther Ashton’s New Dress. I think you’ll enjoy it. Here’s a quick blurb:

Recently-orphaned Esther Ashton doesn’t expect much from Christmas with her brother away fighting in the South Pacific, her sister-in-law hospitalized with a new baby, and her job at the department store providing little to no profit. Will Esther have any sort of a Christmas or will it be another dud?

Lame blurb, I know. XD I hope you check it out and enjoy it. Don’t forget to comment and let me know what you think about Esther Ashton’s New Dress! Also, I don’t know if I’m gonna write more about Esther Ashton and her family or not. I’m still thinking about it. Your thoughts?

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Christmas In Theory

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In theory, Christmas is a ton

Of joyfulness and merry fun

Of presents gifted from the heart

Of puddings and plums and strawberry tarts

In theory, fir needles never fall

Off a tree, which isn’t too tall

Or too short, too fat, too dead

And Christmas carols don’t hurt you head

By being sung just out of tune

Mistletoe is opportune

Ly placed just where the sweethearts stand

And sleigh bells ring throughout the land

And relatives arrive on time

And get along. So all the signs

Point towards a joyous day

At least that’s what the carols say.

~Kellyn Roth

Photography, Poetry, and Life

Another of my three-in-one posts. 🙂

First, the new YWP NaNoWriMo site is out! You can find it here: ywp.nanowrimo.org. I’m now know as RubyBell, though people can call me Kell still, of course.

I’m pretty happy with the new site (especially since it’s just a beta site which doesn’t have all the stuff it will have over time). The only thing I’m not pleased with is the fact that people under thirteen can’t comment on the forums anymore.

I know they had to do it to comply with the COPPA regulations … but, gosh, it’s so terrible! I’m over thirteen, obviously, but I knew soooo many under-thirteen people on the site. I’ll sure miss them.

Moving on, lots of stuff has been happening around her recently. First, lots and lots of rain. I mean … lots. Also, leaves are turning, dogs are growing, and cocoa is being spilled all over the place! See the below photos to find out more. 🙂

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Today’s Christmas Carol: O Little Town of Bethlehem

O Little Town of Bethlehem

The words to “O Little Town of Bethlehem” were written by Phillip Brooks, rector of the Church of the Holy Trinity in Philadelphia. He was inspired by a trip to Bethlehem he made in 1865. Three years later, he wrote the poem for his church and his organist, Lewis Redner, added the music.

I know I’ve said this about every carol I’ve written about here, but I really love this one! 🙂 It’s played during a Christmas short we watch every Christmas … so I have a special emotional attachment to it.

Lyrics:

O little town of Bethlehem
How still we see thee lie
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight

For Christ is born of Mary
And gathered all above
While mortals sleep, the angels keep
Their watch of wondering love
O morning stars together
Proclaim the holy birth
And praises sing to God the King
And Peace to men on earth

How silently, how silently
The wondrous gift is given!
So God imparts to human hearts
The blessings of His heaven.
No ear may hear His coming,
But in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive him still,
The dear Christ enters in.

O holy Child of Bethlehem
Descend to us, we pray
Cast out our sin and enter in
Be born to us today
We hear the Christmas angels
The great glad tidings tell
O come to us, abide with us
Our Lord Emmanuel

A few versions:

Merry Christmas you all!!!

~Kellyn Roth

Today’s Christmas Carol: Joy to the World

Joy to the World

The words to Joy to the World were written by Isaac Watts in 1719, based on the last half of Psalm 98 in the Bible. The music was adapted from Handel’s Messiah to the carol by Lowell Mason.

This is a very happy song about Jesus coming to earth. It doesn’t have to be a Christmas carol (it could be a hymn for any time of the year), but when most people think of it, they think of Christmas. Or at least I think of Christmas when I hear it! 🙂

Lyrics:

Joy to the world! The Lord has come
Let earth receive her King!
Let every heart prepare Him room

And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven, and heaven and nature sing

Joy to the world! the Savior reigns
Let men their songs employ
While fields and floods
Rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat, repeat the sounding joy

No more let sins and sorrows grow
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found.
As the curse is found.

A few versions:

~Kellyn Roth

Today’s Christmas Carol: O Holy Night

O Holy Night

The music to O Holy Night was originally written by Adolphe Adam in 1847 for a French poem, “Midnight, Christians.” Later, an English version was written; today’s O Holy Night.

This is a very beautiful, very holy-sounding carol. Whenever someone sings it (or plays it, as I did in a concert this year), you get the feeling that you need to be quiet and listen.

This isn’t a song I usually sing, mostly because it’s a song that really requires a choir to give it justice. I like it, though, and it’s definitely worth listening to. 🙂

Lyrics:

O Holy Night
The stars are brightly shining
It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth
Long lay the world in sin and e’er pining
‘Til He appeared and the soul felt its worth
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.

Fall on your knees O hear the angels voices.
O night divine O night when Christ was born
O night divine, O night, O night divine.

Led by the light of Faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming,
Here came the wise men from Orient land.
The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger;
In all our trials born to be our friend.

He knows our need, to our weakness is no stranger,
Behold your King! Before Him lowly bend!
Behold your King! Before Him lowly bend!

Truly He taught us to love one another;
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother;
And in His name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy name.

Christ is the Lord! O praise His Name forever,
His power and glory evermore proclaim.
O night divine, O night, O night divine.

~Kellyn Roth

Today’s Christmas Carol: Angels We Have Heard on High

Angels We Have Heard on High

Angels We Have Heard on High is a classic Christmas carol, presumably with French origins.

This song has always been one of my favorites. When I was five or six I decided it was the best Christmas carol ever written.

Since, I’ve decided that I like others better … but I still feel kind of nostalgic whenever I sing it because it reminds me of the church we used to go to at Christmas time … and walking to the nursing home … and singing for the elderly people …. 🙂

Lyrics:

Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o’er the plains,
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains.

[Refrain
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!]

Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why your joyous strains prolong?
What the gladsome tidings be
Which inspire your heav’nly song?

[Refrain]

Come to Bethlehem and see
Him Whose birth the angels sing;
Come, adore on bended knee,
Christ the Lord, the newborn King.

[Refrain]

See Him in a manger laid,
Whom the choirs of angels praise;
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid,
While our hearts in love we raise.

[Refrain]

A few versions:

~Kellyn Roth

Today’s Christmas Carol: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Hark! The Herald Angels sing was originally written in 1739 by Charles Wesley. The melody we know today wasn’t composed until 1840, however.

I don’t particularly like this carol as apposed to some others, but the lyrics are very meaningful. I’ve never really thought about them before today because I was so accustomed to hearing the song that I kind of stopped listening to it. You know what I mean … probably. 🙂

The first verse is especially cool: “Glory to the newborn king, peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled.”

Lyrics:

Hark the herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn king
Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled”

Joyful all ye nations rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With angelic host proclaim
“Christ is born in Bethlehem”
With angelic host proclaim
“Christ is born in Bethlehem”

Mild He lays His glory by
Born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth
Born to give them second birth

Veiled in flesh, the Godhead see
Hail the incarnate Deity
Pleased as man with men to dwell
Jesus, our Immanuel
Pleased as man with men to dwell
Jesus, our Immanuel

Hail the Heaven born Prince of Peace
Hail the Sun of Righteousness
Light and life to all He brings
Ris’n healing in His wings

Christ the highest Heaven adored
Christ the everlasting Lord
Come desire of nations come
Fix in us Thy humble home
Come desire of nations come
Fix in us Thy humble home

A few versions:

~Kellyn Roth

Today’s Christmas Carol: Let it Snow

Let It Snow

Where I live, it snowed almost a foot. That, plus a few other things which made the last couple days super busy, is why I didn’t post on Thursday or Friday. I was also a little lazy ….

Let It Snow was written by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne in July 1945.

This song expresses what is often my state of mind … just LET IT SNOW!!! 🙂 I love when it snows, especially around Christmas. I love sledding and making snowmen and snow-icecream. I love how beautiful it looks outside when everything is coated with white. It drives me crazy when (as often happens) we have a green Christmas. I feel like I’ve been cheated out of the whole experience! 🙂

The Lyrics:

Oh the weather outside is frightful
But the fire is so delightful
And since we’ve no place to go
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

It doesn’t show signs of stopping
And I’ve bought some corn for popping
The lights are turned way down low
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

When we finally kiss goodnight
How I’ll hate going out in the storm!
But if you’ll really hold me tight
All the way home I’ll be warm

The fire is slowly dying
And, my dear, we’re still goodbying
But as long as you love me so
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

A few versions:

~Kellyn Roth