The Only Gift – A Christmas Song

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Holiday162 Comments

For those who don’t know, I have a musical background.  Musical theatre was my hobby and passion throughout my childhood (and I later earned my degree in that field) and I played a variety of instruments.  My mom was a music teacher and taught everyone in my family how to play guitar and music was always a part of our home.

When I met Jeff, my husband, I didn’t know he could sing.  I’ve always been a ham, but he was shy about that sort of thing.  One day in the car, I was listening to Les Miserables and he started singing along.  I gasped.  It was God’s gift to me.  It took a few years to get him to sing in public, but he joined the praise team at our last church and started to develop his ear for harmonies.

A couple of years ago, I sang a song for Christmas here on the blog, just to share another side of me with my readers, so I thought I would dust off my guitar and do it again.  This year, my husband joins me to sing an original song written by one of our friends, Ted Fletcher.  We have all new video, sound and editing equipment and, unfortunately, we’re still learning how to use it!  So, just hang in there with us as we learn.  It’s not perfect.  It’s not “professional”.  But it’s from the heart and I hope it’s a blessing to you.


Today, I’ve been busy getting ready for Christmas day.  The food, the presents, the family, the crazy.  It’s been fun to set up my dining room with my slipcovered French chairs.  Those ruffly skirts just make me happy.

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I’m using ironstone plates and some serving pieces along with vintage white linens…

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…wood bread boards for hot pads…

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…a vintage German pitcher for freshly squeeze orange juice that Jeff braved the Wegman’s crowd for…

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…and mismatched antique silver napkin rings.  One is from 1897!

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For the boys, I pulled out a couple fun hand painted wooden German napkin rings, vintage luncheon napkins…

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…and white milk bottles with blue and white paper straws.  The card table is covered with a vintage tablecloth I found at a yard sale!  I think it was fifty cents or something crazy like that.

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We even had a little snow flurry to make the preparations more festive.

The Only Gift – A Christmas Song

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162 Comments on “The Only Gift – A Christmas Song”

  1. Marian,
    This touched my heart so deeply. I sat and cried thorough the whole thing! My father was a musician and played guitar. I still have his guitar and it means the world to me.

    Merry Chritstmas to you and your family!

    You and your family are a blessing!

  2. Marian you are a woman of many talents …. you are my inspiration!. Merry Christmas and Best wishes for 2014 to you and yours from the UK 🙂 xx

  3. Marion – that performance was truly moving. I’ve been baking all day, getting ready for tomorrow and all that goes with it. I’m a little tired. I took a minute to watch you and Jeff and I can’t even put in to words how much I loved it. I Shared it on my FB page as a lovely gift to my friends as well. You should be in “the business”. God bless you for all you do. Thank you, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

  4. Merry Christmas! That was such a beautiful gift to share with us, your readers. God bless you both and your whole family!

  5. Beautiful! Just beautiful! What a precious song and you both have such wonderful voices. I can’t thank you enough for using your voices to glorify the living Savior!

    Many blessings to you and your family this Christmas season! Bless the name of Jesus!

  6. Marian and Jeff – what a team you are……..that was beautiful too along with all the other things you do. You constantly inspire…..thanks for being such a blessing! Have
    a love filled Christmas and a healthy 2014.

  7. Marian,
    I love you even more!!! Thank You! What a special gift to give to the King of Kings and what a wonderful witness to what is most important in Life! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
    Love Peggy

  8. Thank you for sharing all of your talents with us. That song was lovely. (I have a set of those napkin rings too!)

  9. Thank you for sharing ‘one’ of your (both) gifts~
    Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!

  10. That was beautiful, and a very thoughtful gift. And if I may say so, your husband is quite the handsome fella!

  11. What CAN’T u do???!!! Such a blessing for all of us. Peace and friendship to you at this most holy time. Diane

  12. Thank you so much Marian and Jeff! That was beautiful and such a lovely gift. God bless you both and your lovely family. Merry Christmas!

  13. So beautiful! I too love music. What a blessing to be able to share that talent with your husband. As a Christian, those words truly touched my heart. Tell your friend Ted Fletcher that he wrote a beautiful song. Merry Christmas from Texas. May God bless you and your loved ones today and throughout the coming year.

  14. Marian….That is fantastic. Your voice is absolutely amazing!! And coming from someone who has done church music for half my life, you should definitely sing more.

  15. Beautiful song–love the words! And beautifully sung by both of you–who knew! Thank you. These songs on the blogs I follow have been my favorite posts. Layla (TLC) has done a few and it has been such a joy to hear great singers praising the reason for the season.:) Merry Christmas!

  16. That was lovely. You are one of those people that I really, really want to hate….but I just can’t! So incredibly talented – with a wonderful family – you are an inspiration to all.
    May you and yours have a blessed holiday.

  17. What a very special gift, thank you!! Thank you also for sharing the talents which God has blessed you with, with us 🙂 I hope you and your precious family have a blessed and beautiful Christmas!! Hope to see you soon in Raleigh!!

  18. Merry Christmas! From looking at the picture above, It looks like you decided to paint the cane on the backs of the chairs and stain the fronts. Just wondering why. I’m about to work on mine.

  19. Your voice is angelic, I am in awe and the message of the song was beautiful. Merry Christmas to you and your family Marion 🙂

  20. That was very beautiful, thank-you for sharing it with us. It’s such a gift that your husband can sing with you. Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family may you continue to be blessed with peace, abundance and love throughout the new year.

  21. Marian, I am sitting her with tears rolling down my cheeks, a few minutes ago I was sobbing as I listened to you and your husband singing. The Lord has surely blessed you with many talents, you both have beautiful voices.
    We have talked by email a few times, but I don’t think that you know, that I lost my husband 5 months ago. He died very suddenly without warning and I still can not believe he is gone. I had his service in July, but we are having a memorial in May, and I would love to use this recording to play at his service. I had many songs sung at the funeral, but had not find the right one to play at the service till now. How incredibly beautiful this song is, and I think I listened to it today for a reason.
    thank you for bringing this song to me
    Merry Christmas to you and your family, may this year be a healthy and Happy one for you and your family. And may you feel all of the love that is surely felt by all of your followers.
    God Bless you and your family
    Tobey McCool
    I hope Ted will not mind me using his song, he is also very talented, this song is amazing

    1. Tobey, I would be honored if you used the song at your husband’s memorial service in May. -Ted

  22. Thank you so much for sharing your hearts with us this Christmas. Jesus truly is the reason for the season and a blessing for us all.

  23. Thank you Marian and Jeff…worshiping right along with you both this morning as I treasure the most wonderful gift of Jesus. Thinking of you all and wishing you such a joyous Christmas as you celebrate with your precious family!

  24. Love the song. So beautiful!

    Check out the curled ribbon knobs on sale at Anthropologie today. You NEED them!!!

  25. Hi Jeff & Marian!
    This is so beautiful! Your website is amazing and this was a highlight to our Christmas day! We think of you all so often & it’s so cool to see you using your amazing talents in this way. Thanks for sharing!
    Merry Christmas!
    Love, Ted & Heather

  26. Jeff and Marian, that was SO neat to hear and see you singing! Your website is incredible and it is fascinating to see how you are operating within your natural fields of interest… photography, decorating, etc. The “feel” of this site is professional, yet without being overwhelming. Fabulous work! And keep the duets coming. You guys sound so good together.

  27. Marian, that was beautiful! Both you and Jeff have a great gift, and I thank you for sharing it with us. Christmas really is all about giving of yourself, and you two made it special. Merry Christmas! God bless your family!

  28. Thank you for the beautiful song! I hope you and yours have a very Merry Christmas. I received your lovely book from my sweet husband today and have been enjoying a quiet morning in southern California, drinking tea and having (homemade) cinnamon rolls. It’s time for me to get ready for the rest of the family to come, but I love quiet Christmas mornings — especially with an inspiring, beautiful book like yours!

  29. Thank you Marian and Jeff. A beautiful song for beautiful voices. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  30. That was lovely! Your voices go together well, and I love the words of the song! I also sing (used to be in a band) it’s a joy to hear and to play music…

  31. What a beautiful surprise, you and Jeff blessed my Christmas with song. Hoping the small pkg ( bubble mailer) I sent arrived. Wishing you great joy and success in 2014. Penny

  32. That’s a beautiful song, Marian! And yes, your husband CAN sing.! 🙂
    Wishing you both – and the boys too – a blessed Christmas.

  33. That was a very beautiful song – thank you so much for sharing it with us! You both have beautiful voices!

  34. Thank you for sharing this beautiful song with us. You both did a wonderful job. Such a blessing to know you guys will be in Heaven with us one day!!!

  35. What a great song….and sweet to see you singing together. Thank you for openly sharing your faith and encouraging others to see the JOY that’s found in Chist. May you both continue to be a blessing to those God brings into your lives. Merry Christmas!

  36. I loved your song, and the fact that your husband would sing it with you. How blessed you two are. Thanks for sharing. I’m looking forward to 2014 with you sharing your talent and tutorials! Susan

  37. Thank you, Marian and Jeff that was beautiful . May The Lord keep blessing you and your family . You are so blessed

  38. That song was amazing! Thank you for sharing it. Blessings to you and your family this holiday season!

  39. Precious words sung from the heart. We’ve had a blessed and meaningful Christmas Day and everyone has gone home now….what a way to end the day, listening to this worship song. And what an encouragement as we go into the New Year—to offer Jesus ourselves, all that we have to bring. God bless you both and your dear family!

  40. Thank you for reminding us of our greatest gift! Thank Yusuf for putting yourself out there and singing this song. You have a beautiful voice.

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