The Only Christmas Tree For Me – Original

The Only Christmas Tree for Me – Danielle Blanchard Original  Click Link for AUDIO
I have never found writing songs to be an easy thing.  I have piles of lyrics with no melody and almost as many unfinished lyrics.  The times when I’ve completed a song have usually come in a rush of mental activity, and I am smart enough to know that feeling and I follow it no matter what.  When this happens, I hear much of the lyrics in one swoop, so I pull over in my car, or whatever it takes.  During that initial muse session, I hear some or all of the melodic lines that fit, and then tweak as the rest of the sections of the song take shape.

I was in a particular period of my life that brought some of the highest happiness I have known, and later some very good vocal artistry through pain.  I was sitting talking about the upcoming holidays that year, and I mentioned those sweatshirt you see once in awhile of a wooden cross with a wreath on it, trying to fuse the secular with a reminder of original intent.  Somehow in that conversation I said “The Only Christmas Tree for Me is an Old Rugged Cross.”  BAM!  it began and I excused myself to go upstairs and be with my thoughts.

Gene Grier, a wonderful composer I worked and sang for from age 17, always loved evergreens, and his independent choral publishing company is EverGreen Morning Press. I have to think that Christmas trees being “Ever Green” helped me in the chorus to describe God’s love in his gift.

The song is just as much an Easter piece in that the metaphor represents Christ’s mission as an adult.  I have placed the lyrics below to listen along.  I have a rough demo with more instruments, and hope to find an archived recording session file of my nephew as a child singing this with such innocence and style.  I also hope to release this piece in the coming year if I can get the musicians lined up.

In the meantime, you’ll have to settle for me in a performance for the Baptist Women’s Convention where I had bronchitis and had to use every bit of vocal technique to breath and not cough during the one hour performance.  It’s not the quality I would normally make public, but if it touches you in any way, feel free to share the link with people I don’t know, and leave a comment, question or observation.  Blessings to all this CHRISTmas  🙂    Danielle

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The only Christmas Tree for Me is an old rugged cross
A tree that until Christmas day could only stand for pain and loss
But on the day that Christ was born, there was a blessed plan
That he would one day climb that tree to save the souls of man.

And like the evergreen is his love for me
A never-changing, tall, triumphant tree
Ever pointing toward eternity–
The gift he wants to share with me.

And all the decorations sparkle bright
To remind us of that wondrous night
When a star from Heaven took its flight
To guide us to God’s son, our only light.

I look upon the cross and see a pillar of God’s power
A tower of his endless strength, guiding every hour
And branching from that trunk I see two strong and loving arms
Stretched far and wide, I run inside, to shield me from life’s harms

And like the evergreen is his love for me
A never-changing, tall, triumphant tree
Ever pointing toward eternity–
The gift he wants to share with me.

And all the decorations sparkle bright
To remind us of that wondrous night
When a star from Heaven took its flight
To guide us to God’s son, our only light.

On the day of his nativity
His destiny was Calvary
His one sole purpose was to give
So that you and I can live forever.

The only Christmas Tree for Me is an old rugged cross
A tree that until Christmas day could only stand for pain and loss
But on the day that Christ was born, there was a blessed plan
That he would one day climb that tree to save the souls of man.

Copyright Danielle R. Blanchard, 2000

 

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4 Responses to The Only Christmas Tree For Me – Original

  1. Doneen says:

    Beautiful :).

  2. Rick says:

    Still love this, thanks for posting.

  3. Paul Ritchie says:

    What an awesome comparison.

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