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. That was such a beatiful song. You have the most amazing voice. I had not been feeling the Christmas spirit much this year and listened to you sing, wth tears running down my cheeks. In fact I listened twice. Your husband harmonized beautifully with you. You are one very talented girl. Your blog is my favorite! Thank you for all of the tutorials, great advice, etc and you’re adorable.

  2. My heart was touched by the words of the song. I feel like a broken vessel & wonder what part of me God can still use, but like the song says, I want to give HIM Me! Thanks so much. It’s the perfect finish to my Christmas day. Carol

  3. Thank you for being willing to grow and stretch your wings before us. And extra thanks to Jeff for being willing to share himself in such a wonderfully personal way. I love the way God puts families together with the harmonies that he created so perfectly. Our Pastor’s family, which includes all 6 of their children has also been given this gift; and we never get tired of listening to them. Here’s to praying that you and Jeff will continue to bless us in the years to come, with your heartfelt faith.

  4. Is there anything you CAN’T do?? Your talents are never-ending! Thank you, that was beautiful! Merry Christmas and best wishes for another year full of growth!

  5. That was absolutely beautiful. Music is my passion too–play keyboard and sing as well since I was 15 (50 years now). Enjoyed this immensely. Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year to you and yours. Blessings, Yvonne

  6. Thank you for the most lovely gift. Merry Christmas and Healthy, Happy New Year to you and your family.

  7. That was beautiful! You have a beautiful voice and you and your husband’s voices blend so well!
    You’ve inspired me so much in your decorating with drop cloths and grain sacks. I’ve ordered multiple grain sacks ( all American but one) off etsy and drop cloth is my new favorite material. I’m making a sofa and chair slip covers from a combo of drop cloths and grain sacks, which should be really interesting, because I’ve never done it before :). I’ve sewn curtains and pillows with decent success so I’m thinking, why not?
    Thanks for your inspiration! God bless you and your precious family!

  8. Thank-you for sharing this beautiful song and your voices with us. An amazing and touching gift……

    Best Wishes and blessings to you both and your boys…..

    All the best in the New Year!

  9. Oh my goodness! You don’t know how much that blessed me this morning after Christmas! Thank you so much for sharing your musical side!
    Blessings to you and your family in the New Year,

  10. Thanks Marion, you have been generous all year with yourself and now this, I enjoyed the duet very much, thank you, thank you

  11. AMEN and AMEN! Jesus is the greatest gift and all He wants is our hearts!

    Thanks for sharing your heart, your home, and your love.

    Blessings upon blessings in the New Year!

  12. Thank you for the beautiful song…for sharing your voices, your friend’s song and for letting God use you to touch another’s heart. Merry Christmas and many blessings to you.

  13. OH MY GOSH! What a beautiful song… and ya’ll sound amazing! Your voice is like a bird’s song – and what a wonderful gift that your husband has a great voice too.! There aren’t too many things more heavenly than being able to sing together.
    Your house just gets better and better every year. I know you love decorating around those adorable dining chairs… Hope you had a wonderful Christmas…


  14. Oh my gosh. Chills, goosebumps, beautiful song, beautiful voices Thank you for the blessing and for sharing yourselves. Your talents are endless and so inspiring. I wish I could hang with you for the rest of my life. Kathy

  15. Thank you for that beautiful worship song. You and Jeff are so talented. Thank for sharing.
    Merry Christmas

  16. Marian, it was beautiful! You and your husband were given a special gift. I enjoyed watching and listening to the video. Thank you so much for sharing.

  17. As if I didn’t love you before, well, it’s gone to a new level now. you and your family are truly inspiring in so many ways. thank you!

  18. that was beautiful 🙂 thank you for sharing that awesome song, and your love for Jesus!

    blessings this new year to you and your family,

  19. WOW ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL HAPPY BELATED CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR. Your PASSION manifest itself in so many creative, ways you are a true artist. i’m so glad I discovered you. Jeff is one lucky man and you are one lucky woman to have him in your life. May God always bless you both.

  20. Beautiful song! You guys sang beautifully together and praise Jesus He’s in your hearts! My husband and I sing together and I feel so blessed to be able to share that with him at church and at home. I’m so thankful God just wants me. 🙂

  21. Oh Marian, I just now was able to take the time to listen to your beautiful song! Ya’ll just keep on sharing your gifts. What a beautiful couple and a beautiful gift to share with us!

    Of course you would use blue and white for your tablecloth! Love it!

    And guess what! Your ruffled french chairs make me happy too!

    Happy New Year, my friend!

  22. Beautiful, beautiful song and you both sing so well together. Thank you for showing us “another side” to Miss Mustard Seed. I still have a necklace I got when I was a little girl that has a drop that has one mustard seed in it. I thought of that and what it means to me still. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  23. That was lovely. Thanks for sharing. A belated Merry Christmas and very Happy New Year to you and your family.

  24. Beautiful, thank you so much for sharing! I haven’t been on the computer over the Christmas holidays and just got to see this today. Happy new year to you and your family!

  25. I think I love your blog even more now! I too have a musical background…I think that happens alot with creative people. Its never just one focus for day its the piano the next day I am painting something but the wheels are always always turning. Good job, nice that your husband shares this gift with you! Kassie

  26. I saved this post after Christmas (January 20, 2014) so I could actually have time to listen to the song. It was very beautiful and thank you for singing for us.

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