a christmas song | what a glorious night

by | Dec 24, 2015 | a slice of life, All Things Home, Decorating, Holiday, Winter | 79 comments

It’s become of a bit of a tradition (every other year, anyway) for me to share a Christmas song here on the blog.  Last year, we just couldn’t pull it together, but this year, I heard a song that I thought would be great and I had just the group of people to do it!

I asked Kriste and her husband, David, if they would be up for joining me, Jeff & the boys, my parents and my brother & sister-in-law for a song.  I was able to lasso everyone in, assign each one an instrument or a part and we spent a couple of hours practicing and recording the song.

I’ve shared a lot about decorating for Christmas over the past few weeks, but Christmas is all about that glorious night when Love came down in the form of a baby in a manger, so we could be saved from our sins.  That’s what this song is about…

And, as you can imagine, getting all of those people and instruments to work together was like herding cats, so here are some bloopers and behind-the-scenes of my noisy family…

You can see we had a wonderful time.  I hope you’ve been blessed by it or at least got a good smile out of it!

I’ll be signing off for a few days, to enjoy some down time with my family.

Merry Christmas to all!


  1. Terri

    So fun! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year blessings to you and yours.

  2. Fran

    My family loved watching and listening to that! Thank you for sharing! Merry Christmas!

  3. Stephanie

    Loved it! MERRY CHRISTMAS !

  4. Ruth

    Wonderful! Christmas Blessimgs to all!

  5. Leah Prevost

    That was awesome 🙂 Your moms instrument was hilarious! Calvin was so sweet at the beginning, everything was perfect. Bless your family and friends, I hope you have a Merry Christmas and happy new year!

  6. Jen

    Beautiful! Thank you for your song! What a gift.

  7. Marijke

    You can see and hear you had a wonderfull time together, I sit here with a big smile, thank you for the lovely beginning of my Christmas day!
    Wishing you and your family and friends a Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2016!

  8. Laurie

    Merry Christmas Marian, Family and Friends! Thank you for the sweet gift of your song. When will you be taking your group on tour?

  9. Chrissy

    Well, that was just beautiful. Thank you for the gift. I loved your Mom’s priceless instrument. How did you come up with that idea?

  10. Elizabeth

    What a great Christmas song! Loved this!

  11. Susie

    Merry Christmas from our home to yours!

  12. Faithe Warren-Agee

    Very, very sweet! Your son did a great job!

  13. Mandy

    That was fantastic. Never heard that song before but I loved it. Merry Christmas to you all. X

  14. Carla

    Marian, Family and Friends,

    Awesome! Sincerely enjoyed this. Loved the song. Great way to start my Christmas Day. And yes Jesus is the reason we celebrate Christmas. May you are all feel blessed this coming year.

  15. Kim

    Your son is precious!

  16. Megan

    That was so precious! I grinned all the way through both videos. Your family is the sweetest. ? Merry Christmas! ?

  17. amy

    Jesus died for our sins and offers eternal life to all who believe in Him! Make that decision for Him today if you haven’t already!

  18. Debbie Reynolds

    Thank you! What a happy, glorious message! Peace and happiness to you and your family!

  19. Sharon

    What a wonderful gift to your followers! Thank you! You are a blessing to us! Merry Christmas! Happy blogging!

  20. Becky J

    Beautiful job-Marian & sweet crew! Hallelujah- our Savior is born! Blessings to you all! 🙂

  21. angela

    I love it and Merry Christmas to all.

  22. Jelena

    Merry Christmas, Marian and family!
    By the way is that balalaika your dad is playing?

    • Kim Wagner

      Yes it is. He worked some in Russia while in military and also in ministry

    • Warren

      Hey Jelena, Yes it’s the real deal. I had it made by a master in Izhevsk, Russia when I was working over there as a missionary. W (Marian’s dad)

  23. Laurie Bosi

    Merry Christmas to you and your Family?Thank you for sharing a Beautiful Song and your little guys Reading it was very special and Heart Warming…

  24. Sharon

    That was such a fun gift for us all!! Brad and I watched both posted clips…don’t know which one we liked more. Merry Christmas and Happy & Healthy New Year!

  25. April

    Precious! What a beautiful and talented family (and friends) you have. So much fun and created lots of smiles here. Thank you for this special heartfelt Christmas song! Merry Christmas and may God abundantly bless you all in 2016!

  26. Barbara Ann

    I haven’t listened to your musical masterpiece as yet, but I have to admit that when I saw your mom’s musical instrument, I just had to laugh! Can’t wait till I have time to listen!
    A joyous Christmas to you and yours from the mountains of Arizona–we were promised more snow and instead got wind today.

  27. Starla

    I enjoy your blog all throughout the year.
    Merry Christmas to you and your entire family!

  28. Alison G

    What a nice song. Thank you. Merry Christmas to you all.

  29. Tami B

    What a wonderful treat! This is one of my favorite Christmas songs by Sidewalk Prophets. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Thank you for blessing us with your talents. xoxoxxo

  30. Rita C at Panoply

    So sweet. Love the outtakes. Merry Christmas, Marian, and all the family & friends who make Miss Mustard Seed what it is ! Wishing you a prosperous & healthy new year!

  31. Jolena

    Awesome song! Praise the Lord for his wonderful gift of music and for the greatest Gift of all!

  32. Sue M

    I loved it. Thank you.

  33. Penny

    Merry Christmas,
    Thank-you for the gift of song.

    All the best to you & you all,


  34. trish tokar

    is there anything you can’t do? even your voice is beautiful!! great song. i enjoy your blog & your ideas so much. thank you! Merry, Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  35. Wynne Snell

    Oh what a glorious song! How blessed you are with so many gifts!

  36. Cheryl

    You guys are wonderful and I love the song you chose!! Merry Christmas to you and your family and friends. Love the bloopers!!

  37. Michelle

    Loved it … Made my day

  38. Lynn Merrell

    Sometimes I forget what you and Jeffs callings are(not that your business isn’t a calling). You guys sounded so good and I love that song! I have family in Carlise and I’m coming to see you next spring or bust!! Merry Christmas and continue to let your light shine to man.

  39. Cathy J

    Great job. I didn’t know singing was among your many talents! Is there anything you can’t do!? Merry Christmas to you and all your family!

  40. Trish

    Just made my night! Loved it…..great family and friends. Merry Christmas!

  41. Sue Schneid22

    That was so wonderful, Marian! Truly a highlight in my Christmas. Thanks so much for sharing that. You have a beautiful voice! Jeff, too! Your son reciting the Christmas verses was such a blessing. Here’s to a blessed 2016~??

  42. Karen Stuart

    How totally awesome!!! Love your voice Marion, and to get everyone together was just great!

  43. karen

    Oh my.
    I am tearing up.
    That was beautiful.
    You have a lovely voice and you just made my Christmas night.
    Blessings to you and yours.

  44. Donna Doble-Brown

    What a lovely voice you have Marian! And your hair is so long! Sorry had to include that! Looks GORGEOUS!
    What a wonderful song! Warmed my heart on this Christmas night . . . Sending love back to you and the family!

  45. Janice F

    What a gift! Loved everything…..even the bloopers! Merry Christmas to all.

  46. Jennifer Ross

    That really put a smile on my face and warmed my heart!! Very nice! Merry Christmas!!

  47. Naomi S.

    You all were great! What a cool song and what a lovely voice you have, Marian! Thanks for the music and the Christmas greetings. I hope you had a wonderful day with all of your family and friends.

  48. Tracy

    Awesome! Merry Christmas!

  49. KitsyKeelSmith

    I am so confused by the video about our President. Did you intentionally include that in your post? If so, how utterly unchristian to slander our President at a time when we should be worshiping our Lord. Please explain this to me, for it will help to decide whether I will continue to read your blog, which I have been doing for a few years now. Please, please consider answering my question. Your most wholesome family and friend videos were heartwarming. Please tell me the Obama slander was a mistake.

  50. Andrea

    Make a joyful noise! Loved seeing your gorgeous home alive and crackling with love and laughter. Rooms are also pretty with people In them and real life is happening! Thanks for that adorable gift!

  51. Michelle

    Loved it! Thank you for sharing your faith, family and friends! Blessings in the new year!

  52. Terri

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

  53. Theresa

    Sweetest thing I’ve seen this Christmas! Thank you and Merry Christmas!

  54. Marlene Stephenson

    That was really good and i really enjoyed it thank you Marian.

  55. DJ

    Did not get to my email till the day after Christmas and what a wonderful start to my day. Thank you for sharing this wonderful song. It brought joyful tears to my eyes.

  56. Susan Alps

    Thank you so very much! Good news and tidings of great joy! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours.

  57. Dianne

    This was so wonderful Marion. I loved it. Joy and tears. Thank you!

  58. AuburnCathy

    Little brother was right…”that was (definitely) good enough!” Thanks for sharing!

  59. JoanMarie

    Merry Christmas Marian and family! Looking forward to a wonderful 2016!

  60. Julie @ follow your heart woodworking

    That was wonderful! Please tell Calvin he did a fabulous job.Sorry I’m a bit late for Merry Christmas, have a very productive and creative 2016.

  61. Jenn A

    Loved it! Thank you!

  62. Kim

    Praise God for a family that serves the Lord! Merry Christmas and Blessed New Year to you all!

  63. Lora Bloomquist

    Loved the song, & I always tear up when I hear a child read the Christmas story! From the mouth of babes! Glory be to God!

  64. Susan

    OMGosh! AND you sing too–really well! Y’all did a fab-o job on that song! What a delight to watch & listen to. As I see more of your talents, I continue to be amazed & grateful I get to share them. Thank you. Merry Christmas!

  65. Sandy

    just lovely, thanks for sharing as I type I wipe the tears because God is so good – Merry Christmas and Happy 2016 🙂

  66. CoCo

    I look forward to this post every year! Love, love, love! Merry Christmas to you and your family and many blessings in 2016. Hugs,CoCo

  67. Robbie Zeller

    Marian, That was just wonderful! Praising God for the precious and marvelous gift in His son! Wishing you all a joyous Christmas from one side of the country to another!

  68. Gina

    Oh, this was wonderful!! This is one of my favorite songs for Christmas!! Y’all did a fabulous job! And your son reciting Luke is just precious!! Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  69. Kelly

    I’ve been so sad – I’m in Rowlett, TX which has been devastated by the tornado. Thank you for a few minutes of forgetting – this was beautiful!! You have a beautiful voice.

  70. Susan totten

    What a beautiful Christmas gift!! Thank you and Merry Christmas!

  71. Tammy

    So beautiful! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year’s to you and your family.

  72. Krista

    I loved that! What a wonderful family you have! Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you all!

  73. Sue

    Thank you for a wonderful gift. Your family and friends are precious. Happy belated Christmas and wishing you a happy 2016.

  74. June

    I just love this! I keep coming back to enjoy your family singing. Such a happy vibe!

  75. Shauntea

    So great!


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