hope was born this night

by | Dec 23, 2018 | a slice of life | 108 comments

It’s become a Christmas tradition for my extended family and talented people who work for Mustard Seed Interiors and their spouses to sing a Christmas song for you.  Last year was our first Christmas in Minnesota, away from family and anyone who worked with me, so trying to perform a song on our own seemed a little sad.

Instead, I wrote a post about Christmas past and how we found joy in the leanest of times.

But many of you expressed that you missed it and honestly, I missed it, too!  It was a fun way for us to fellowship together and wish all of my readers and followers a Merry Christmas!

We’re once again alone for Christmas, but the Parsons’ Family Band pulled it together enough to bring you a song.

It’s not polished or professional.  It’s just a couple of parents singing with their kids in their living room.  It’s playing drums on a popcorn tin and a container of cupcake sprinkles.  It’s wearing sleighbells wrapped around my foot because we didn’t have an extra person to play them.  It’s using kazoos as a stand-in for an electric guitar.  It’s our dog slinking behind us and curling up in a ball on the floor in the background.  It’s a Minecraft bathrobe and bare feet and 2nd-day hair and mismatched chairs.

But it’s our family sharing through song that Hope was born this night, because Christ was born this night.  And, in the end, that’s the only thing about this video that really matters…

It is our desire that you know the Hope that was born 2000+ years ago in Bethlehem.

From our family to yours, Merry Christmas!

If you missed songs we did in past years, you can find them by following the links below…

2013 | The Only Gift

2015 | Oh, What a Glorious Night

2016 | Born is the King (It’s Christmas)



  1. At Rivercrest Cottage

    Enjoyed your little band… The child on the left sure takes after his mother!!! Thank you for the gift of sharing your family.

    • Marian Parsons

      Yes, he really is a mini-me!

  2. Ruth

    Lovely! Made my day! Thank you!
    Merry ‘Christ’ mas!

  3. Teresa

    BRAVO, BRAVO!! Loved the song and the talented Parsons Family Band. Merry Christmas to each of you and best wishes for the New Year.

  4. Jane

    So beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing your family’s music with us. Hope you all have a blessed Christmas & a wonderful new year.

  5. ~Amber T

    Beautiful!!! Jesus certainly is the hope for our world! Merry Christmas to you and your family Marian!

  6. Lisa

    So happy you did this. I missed not seeing a song last year. This was beautiful. Absolutely loved it. Merry Christmas to all of you!!

  7. Heather

    I loved your song! Merry Christmas!

  8. Kelly

    Wonderful, thank you! Merry Christmas, Parsons Family!

  9. Bonnie

    Wonderful! Thank you

  10. Arli

    Thank you for that wonderful song.
    And Merry Christmas to the Parsons Family.

  11. Sandy

    First time hearing this beautiful song. Thank you and your family for such wonderful entertainment. A blessed Christmas to you and your family.

  12. Debra Oliver

    I really loved this, God bless you and your precious family. Merry Christmas!

  13. Margaret Close

    Thanks for sharing your song. Beautiful!
    Merry Christmas to your family🎄

  14. Barbara

    This touched my heart Parsons Family! Thank you! Truly He IS our hope and we celebrate that with you. From our home in Missouri to yours in Minnesota, Merry Christmas and God’s blessings in 2019!

  15. Kari from Meadowview Farm

    ❤️💚Merry Christmas!💚❤️

  16. Susan

    👏👏👏👏 Merry Christmas!

  17. Sharon

    I love it!! Merry Christmas Parsons family.

  18. Vicki Hodge

    Perfect! Merry Christmas to the Parsons family.

  19. Angela

    Love this! Merry Christmas from VA!

  20. Aana

    Just perfect!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  21. Karen

    Absolutely lovely. Thank you for sharing your family and your life. You are an inspiration to many. Merry Christmas!

  22. Connie

    Beautiful family! Merry Christmas!

  23. Charlene Ann Flora

    Thanks for sharing a song again! Last year’s was new to me and inspired me to sing it at my church this year. I’ve put this one on my list for next year. Your gift of song keeps on giving.

  24. PJ

    What a lovely family you have! Merry Christmas to all of you!

  25. Bogdan

    That was simply beautiful and touching.
    Merry Christmas from Romania!
    Craciun Fericit!

  26. Karen W.


    HOPE was truly born this night and sustains us through all our days. Merry Christmas to your family.

  27. Eileen

    Lovely! Merry Christmas to you all!

  28. Lin

    Precious! Merry Christmas!

  29. Gail Frye

    So wonderful!! Your family exudes the Christmas Spirit with your rousing rendition. Merry Christmas to the Parsons family, and Best Wishes for a Happy New Year!

  30. Ellen Shook

    You all just made our day! We are in here minding the stove getting tomorrow’s food ready, and your song was really great! We have never heard that one before, but it is lovely. Happy Christmas to all!

  31. Janice F

    But then, you all really are NOT alone……you have all of us with you as well as the Lord…..so you are very much not alone. ;0)

    Precious song. I painted a canvas with this on it this year:
    Out of the silence MUSIC; Out of the darkness LIGHT; Out of uncertainty PROMISE
    HOPE was born that night.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours, Marian!
    (From Atlanta Georgia)

    • Marian Parsons

      So true. Thank you for that encouragement. 🙂

  32. Linda

    Merry Christmas. Hope was born this night!

  33. Kathy McD

    Really enjoyed your song! Even though you don’t know me, I’m so happy to have you in my life. You are a blessing.

  34. Sue

    God Bless and Merry Christmas to you and your family.
    I enjoyed your family band singing praises unto the Lord!

  35. JC at the uncommon pearl

    So, so precious to have a recording! These are the sweetest of family times…simple and heartfelt.
    Merry Christmas…for all hope has come in Jesus for all mankind! Enjoy your celebration.

  36. Tracy

    Merry Christmas Parsons family!

  37. Sheila

    Blessings of the season to your family. May you know his love for you. Merry Christmas!

  38. Addie

    Blessed Merry Christmas back at ya!!!! Beautiful and fun!!!! Let the festivities begin!!!!

  39. Heather

    That was wonderful.
    Thank you and Merry Christmas.

  40. Connie

    Parsons Family, Thank you for sharing this beautiful song about the Hope we all have in Christ! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  41. Denette

    You know what? I like this better than all of the others. You didn’t wait for the ideal time or place, you didn’t wait for more people, more friends, more family. You didn’t get all fancied up. It was real life, not a prettified, some times less than real post by bloggers and influencers. It was genuine, from your families heart to ours. Thank you and thank your family.

    • Marian Parsons

      Thank you so much and I felt that way, too. Just because we don’t have it all perfect doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do it at all. This was real and honest and true…worth doing and sharing. 🙂

  42. Karen K from Buffalo

    Thank you for such a delightful musical treat from your family!! Jesus is the Reason!!

  43. Katie Mcloud

    ❤️❤️❤️ Merry Christmas!

  44. Mary M

    Sadly we have no sound on our PC so I will have to save it till
    my son comes home in January to fix our computer ills. The
    boys have grown! May this be your best Christmas ever.

  45. Lori

    Beautiful family making beautiful music in a beautiful room. Merry Christmas to you all.

  46. Laurel

    Love it. Made my Christmas Eve! Thank you all for sharing the Light of Jesus!

  47. Mary Kaiser

    Thank you to the Parson family for that beautiful song! You all are amazing and I feel truly blessed to follow your blog. Thanks for lifting my spirits today with your band!
    Merry Christmas to all of you from my husband and I in Michigan!

  48. Crystal

    Tears…LOVE this so so much!
    Merry Christmas Parsons!

  49. PC

    Merry Christmas!!!

  50. Jeannie

    Love it. Merry Christmas!!!

  51. Faithe Warren-Agee

    I love this!!!! The boys are getting so big!!! Merry Christmas to you and yours.

    • Marian Parsons

      They are! I was looking at our past songs and it is a great marker to see how much they’ve grown. Marshall is in middle school and Calvin isn’t far behind. They were both in diapers when I started this blog!

  52. Jennefer

    Merry Christmas!

  53. MaryLisa Noyes

    Merry Christmas

  54. Jackie

    Just wonderful… thank you for sharing the Joy!
    Unto us a Child is born!

    Merry Christmas to you all

  55. Joan

    What a wonderful song! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  56. Jackie B

    What wonderful memories your family will have of these special times. Thank you for sharing with all of us.

  57. Cathy

    Well this just made my day! Thank you Parsons’ family and Merry Christmas! 💕

  58. Wendy

    Merry Christmas to you and your family in Minnesota from us here in Tennessee. Hope was born that day and redeeming love.

  59. Joanne

    Merry Christmas and Joy to all… sent to you from Albany in Western Australia… a very hot Christmas day here. Grandchildren up with the sun at 4:30 am to greet Christmas Day. Best Wishes for today xxx

  60. Ellen

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!🎄

  61. Dianne

    Thank you so much. It was wonderful! Happy you brought this back this year.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family. You bring Love and joy and inspiration to us every day, so thankful.

  62. Alice

    Thank you for that, Marion. God Bless you and your beautiful family. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  63. Kathy

    Wonderful! Thank you and Merry Christmas from Kansas!

  64. Shelia

    Merry Christmasto you and your family Marian! That was a beautiful song and I wasn’t feeling the Christmas spirit this year until I heard your sweet little faimily and you sing for us. God bless y’all! 🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🌲🌲🎄🎄🎄

  65. Jeri

    Beautifully done! Merry Christmas to you from sunny California🎄🎁❣️

  66. Marijean

    Bravo! Merry Christmas!

  67. Cynthia Johnson

    Tears are streaming down my cheeks as I write. Simple, Beautiful, Love filled. From Colorado to all of you in My Minnesota, Merry Christmas~

  68. Julie | Home On The Hill

    Merry Christmas from down under.

    Christmas day here is almost over, it was a hot one for us at 32c but we had the traditional turkey roast lunch & pudding as we always do. Tonight though it’s left over turkey and salad followed by a wonderful cool trifle which makes a great desert to end a hot day.

    Thank you for your Christmas song. Joy, peace & love to you all in 2019.

  69. Diana

    I happen to be reading your post and listening to your beautiful family sing just as the clock struck midnight on Christmas. Thank you Marian for a truly wonderful Christmas gift!

  70. judy kulmaczeski

    Merry Christmas! Loved the music!

  71. Terry

    Bravo-thank you for sharing-its a message all should hear-Jesus is with us!

  72. Sharon

    Thank you for making my Christmas morning great…missing my girls & your song made my day…

  73. Karen

    Thank you for that sweet family performance. Love that song and you all did it so well. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  74. Kelly

    And to that I say…AMEN!!!!

  75. Lisa

    Thank you for sharing your family! Loved this. Missing my own family a little less because of this.

  76. Michelle

    Happy Birthday Jesus!
    Thank you Parsons family band!
    Blessings to you all!

  77. Janice

    This was so fun with the boys and Jeff too! I went back and listened to “The Only Gift” that you and Jeff recorded in 2013, that was amazing! You have such a talented family. Merry Christmas to all, thank you for all that you share. Jan in Massachusetts

  78. Kris

    How sweet the sound! Merry Christmas Parsons Family!🎄🎁✝️✝️✝️

  79. nelly

    Wow beautiful family beautiful song thank you love it Merry Christmas ….

  80. B Folk

    My two favorite moments in this video: Marian, spitting out her kazoo after the beginning kazoo intro; and, Calvin and Marshall’s solo. Beautiful. Celebrating Hope every day, but especially on Christmas. Thank you, Parsons Family, and Merry Christmas to all!

  81. Rebecca

    I loved everything about this! Awesome harmonizing Jeff! Great playing and singing Marian! The kids and I got a huge kick out of the boys’ enthusiasm:). We’d be happy to join in on the fun next year!!! Well…..at least I would!

    • Marian Parsons

      Yes, you should join us next year! 🙂 We actually thought about inviting you but thought that might be kind of weird. “Come record a song with us on camera in our living room…” 🙂

  82. Louise

    Marion, I so enjoyed your little family band. You are so talented. What a lovely family. Merry Christmas.

  83. Dolores

    No one ever played sprinkles and a cookie tin so well! I enjoyed every minute! Merry Christmas, and thanks for sharing your family & your talent with us!

  84. Li Vincent

    I have been following most of your blogs and found this interesting. Wish you let me read more of this kind as your fan!

    Thanks for writing!!

  85. Mary

    Made me cry!! What a beautiful family. Thanks for all you do for us!! You are so talented!

  86. anne

    Love, love! Merry Christmas and many blessings for the coming year!

  87. Connie

    Beautifu! What a sweet family you are.

  88. Catherine Roberts

    Just adorable! Thank you. And let us always remember the hope that was born that night.

  89. DebeL

    THAT was beautiful! Thank you for thinking of doing this for all of us. A wonderful, blessed family!!

  90. Linda

    Thank you Parsons Family … Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. The blog is such a blessing all year.

  91. Linda Kay Shultz

    Loved it!!! Thank you Marian!

  92. Krista

    Loved it! Thank you so much for sharing your gifts Parson family.

  93. Melissa

    Beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

  94. Mary S

    I so much enjoyed seeing your family and the song you sang as well. You have a beautiful and talented family. and are truly blessed. Hoping for a Blessed 2019 for you all. Including Sebastian!! Very well done.

  95. Connie in GA

    How precious! There’s nothing as sweet as a family singing and laughing together.. What a lovely song and message! May God continue to bless y’all in the coming year.❤️

  96. Eleanor Kay Hunzinger

    Wonderful praise song you shared! Thanks! Merry Christmas!

  97. Cynthia Tennant

    Thank you for posting this song with your family band. It was wonderful! Our country needs families like yours willing to share the good news of our Savior. I hope you continue your tradition and have a blessed 2019!

    • Marian Parsons

      Thank you! Merry Christmas!

  98. katyg

    Just found your page, Loved the song, what a blessing.

  99. Ellen

    Marian, I followed your blog for a long time when you lived in PA, then lost interest as your focus became more business oriented. Recently I checked in just to see what you are up to, and was so pleased to see your posts had returned to creating. It gives me inspiration for the day, and I once again have ideas swirling in my head for my own home. Thank you.

    • Marian Parsons

      I’m so glad! Thanks for sharing.


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