Hope For The Holidays

by Mark Smeby

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1.
Tonight we're getting started The biggest birthday party Of the year - oh yeah, yeah! Verse one: They say it's your birthday But do they know what that means That wasn't just a baby, lying in a manger It's the King of all kings! 2000 years we've been rocking it this way that's a whole lot of candles on the cake Chorus: Tonight we're getting started Celebrate the mighty one Everyone's invited Let's hear it for God's only son Come on everybody and be of good cheer it's the biggest, baddest Birthday party of the year Verse two: We're stacking up the presents Up underneath the tree I'm here to testify, nothing can compare To the one he gave me The party's not stopping, anytime soon, So Jesus, this one's for you! Chorus: Tonight we're getting started Celebrate the mighty one Everyone's invited Let's hear it for God's only son Come on everybody and be of good cheer it's the biggest, baddest Birthday party of the year Instrumental solo Joy to the world Joy to the world Joy to the world Joy to the world The Lord is come! Chorus: Tonight we're getting started Celebrate the mighty one Everyone's invited Let's hear it for God's only son Come on everybody and be of good cheer it's the biggest, baddest Birthday party of the year Hap-happy happy happy birthday Hap-happy happy happy birthday
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Hark! The herald-angels sing "Glory to the newborn king; Peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled" Joyful all ye nations rise, Join the triumph of the skies With the-angelic host proclaim "Christ is born in Bethlehem" Hark! The herald-angels sing "Glory to the newborn king" Christ, by highest heaven adored Christ, the everlasting Lord, Late in time behold Him come Offspring of a Virgin's womb: Veiled in flesh the Godhead see, Hail the-incarnate Deity Pleased as man with man to dwell Jesus, our Emmanuel Hark! The herald-angels sing "Glory to the newborn king" Hail the Heaven-born Prince of Peace! Hail the Sun of Righteousness! Light and life to all He brings, Risen with healing in His wings; Mild He lays His glory by Born that man no more may die Born to raise the sons of earth Born to give them second birth Hark! The herald-angels sing "Glory to the newborn king"
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VERSE ONE: They said I gotta say - happy holidays Cause Christmas is the wrong thing to say Well I sure gotta confess - this really is a mess And there's one thing I never will erase You can't take Jesus out of Christmas He is the reason we're making all this fuss CHORUS: It's gonna be a Merry, Merry, Merry, Merry Christmas A Merry, Merry, Merry, Christmas It's gonna be a Merry, Merry, Merry Christmas But Jesus, it won't be Christmas without you VERSE TWO: The gifts are brightly wrapped - underneath the tree But the best one - is written on my heart Until you finally see - this gift that's truly free We'll keep singing - bout this Jesus holiday! You can't take Jesus out of Christmas He is the reason we're making all this fuss CHORUS It's gonna be a Merry, Merry, Merry, Merry Christmas A Merry, Merry, Merry, Christmas It's gonna be a Merry, Merry, Merry Christmas But Jesus, it won't be Christmas without you BRIDGE: So play your carols -- come on ring those bells Emmanuel has come All together now let heaven and nature sing! INSTRUMENTAL You can't - take - Jesus - out of Christmas He is the reason we're making all this fuss CHORUS: It's gonna be a Merry, Merry, Merry, Merry Christmas A Merry, Merry, Merry, Christmas It's gonna be a Merry, Merry, Merry Christmas But Jesus, we want you with us It's gonna be a Merry, Merry, Merry, Merry Christmas A Merry, Merry, Merry, Christmas It's gonna be a Merry, Merry, Merry Christmas But Jesus, it won't be Christmas without you
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Angels we have heard on high Sweetly singing o’er the plain And the mountains in reply Echoing their joyous strain Gloria, in excelsis Deo! Gloria, in excelsis Deo! Come to Bethlehem and see Christ Whose birth the angels sing; Come, adore on bended knee, Christ, the Lord, the newborn King. Gloria, in excelsis Deo! Gloria, in excelsis Deo! See Him in a manger laid, Jesus, Lord of heaven and earth; Mary, Joseph, lend your aid, With us sing our Savior's birth Gloria, in excelsis Deo! Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
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O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant! O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem; Come and behold him Born the King of Angels: O come, let us adore Him, (3×) Christ the Lord. Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation, Sing, all ye citizens of Heaven above! Glory to God, glory in the highest: O come, let us adore Him, (3×) Christ the Lord. Yea, Lord, we greet thee, born this happy morning; Jesus, to thee be all glory given! Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing! O come, let us adore Him, (3×) Christ the Lord.
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I am simply one voice Standing alone on this stage But when we sing together- Our song can change the world Through the noise through the pain I will point the way Through the dark, of the night The sun will shine again.  Let me be joy to the world With a heart that sings your song Of unconditional love For everyone to hear Let my voice be a guiding star That will lead us to the King Shining loves pure light Til we all live in peace  While the whole world is sleeping I'll keep singing my song Til every heart prepares him room And we all start singing along When the way seems uncertain We'll repeat the sounding Joy So everyone can truly find The wonders of his love Let me be joy to the world With a heart that sings your song Of unconditional love For everyone to hear Let my voice be a guiding star That will lead us to the King Shining loves pure light Til we all live in peace 
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It's the most wonderful time of the year With the kids jingle belling And everyone telling you be of good cheer It's the most wonderful time of the year It's the hap-happiest season of all With those holiday greetings and gay happy meetings When friends come to call It's the hap-happiest season of all There'll be parties for hosting Marshmallows for toasting And caroling out in the snow There'll be scary ghost stories And tales of the glories of Christmases long, long ago It's the most wonderful time of the year There'll be much mistletoe-ing And hearts will be glowing When loved ones are near It's the most wonderful time of the year There'll be parties for hosting Marshmallows for toasting And caroling out in the snow There'll be scary ghost stories And tales of the glories of Christmases long, long ago It's the most wonderful time of the year There'll be much mistletoe-ing And hearts will be glowing When love ones are near It's the most wonderful time of the year
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Little Scotty grew up without a family, Moved from here to there so long He kept waiting for a place to land, Learned to be strong and stand his ground And every December it was the same thing If you asked him what Santa should bring   I'd like to have a kiss for Christmas Someone to call me their own I'll show you what love can do If you open your heart to mine I know you're coming soon, so I'll keep Waiting for a kiss for Christmas He found a home with a loving family Thankful he's found his place He grew up brave, learned to be a man He believed God and knew he was loved And this December it's something new Got his eye on the girl next door Asking her, to have a kiss for Christmas Wouldn't you like to call me yours I'll show you what love can do If you open your heart to mine I'm here until you see, so I'll keep Waiting for a kiss for Christmas Through the years he had built a family Raised a song of his own Stubborn pride took hold, and words were said His son turned his back, and walked away So this year there's nothing more he wants Except when he think of his son, he prays God, won't you bring me a kiss for Christmas I'll always call him my son You've shown me what love can do When I opened my heart to you So please bring him home soon, I'm here Waiting for a kiss for Christmas
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Deck the halls with boughs of holly, Fa la la la la, la la la la. Tis the season to be jolly, Fa la la la la, la la la la. Don we now our gay apparel, Fa la la, la la la, la la la. Troll the ancient Yuletide carol, Fa la la la la, la la la la. See the blazing Yule before us, Fa la la la la, la la la la. Strike the harp and join the chorus. Fa la la la la, la la la la. Follow me in merry measure, Fa la la la la, la la la la. While I tell of Yuletide treasure, Fa la la la la, la la la la. Deck the halls with boughs of holly, Fa la la la la, la la la la. Tis the season to be jolly, Fa la la la la, la la la la. Don we now our gay apparel, Fa la la, la la la, la la la. Troll the ancient Yuletide carol, Fa la la la la, la la la la. Fast away the old year passes Fa la la la la, la la la la. Hail the new, ye lads and lasses Fa la la la la, la la la la. Sing we joyous, all together, Fa la la la la, la la la la. Heedless of the wind and weather Fa la la la la, la la la la.
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Hallelujah, Hallelujah For the Lord God reigns Hallelujah, Hallelujah For the Lord God reigns This world is become The Kingdom of our Lord And of His Christ, and of His Christ And he shall reign for ever and ever And he shall reign for ever and ever And he shall reign for ever and ever King of Kings, forever and ever Hallelujah, Hallelujah Lord of Lords, forever and ever And he shall reign for ever and ever And he shall reign for ever and ever And he shall reign for ever and ever King of Kings, forever and ever Hallelujah, Hallelujah Lord of Lords, forever and ever Hallelujah, Hallelujah
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Sleigh bells ring Are you listening In the lane Snow is glistening A beautiful sight, oh We're happy tonight Walking in a winter wonderland Gone away, is the blue bird Here to stay, is the new bird He sings a love song, As we go along Walking in a winter wonderland In the meadow we can build a snowman And pretend that he is Parson Brown He'll say are you married (me), We'll say no man But you can do the job when you're in town Later on, We'll conspire As we dream by the fire To face unafraid, The plans that we've made Walking in a winter wonderland
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Have yourself a merry little Christmas Let your heart be light From now on our troubles Will be out of sight Have yourself a merry little Christmas Make the Yuletide gay From now on our troubles Will be miles away Here we are as in olden days Happy golden days of yore Faithful friends who are dear to us Gather near to us, once more Through the years we all will be together If the fates allow/Lord allows Hang a shining star upon the highest bough, And have yourself a merry little Christmas now

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released November 4, 2016

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Mark Smeby Minneapolis, Minnesota

I create products, resources, and live events all focused around the topic of hope. There's nothing more that I enjoy than helping people wake up to hope, whether it's through my music, speaking, or writing.

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