A Christmas CD to Soothe Your Soul

I don’t know about you, but my soul needs a little soothing this week before Christmas. With some shopping left to do and kids getting out of school, my heart longs to be ushered into a place of God’s peace.

And today, I want to share with you one of my secrets to getting there. It’s through the beautiful music on one of my favorite Christmas CDs – Solo Piano Christmas – with all of the songs arranged and performed by my friend and accomplished pianist Chad Lawson. {Remember his Song of Prayer he shared with us?}

A Solo Piano Christmas to be a beautiful work of art and heart. Listening to it today, I feel the presence of Christ with each note. Truly, this music resonates in my soul and ushers me in a soothing Peace that is Heaven sent. Here are the twelve songs on A Solo Piano Christmas:

  1. What Child is This?
  2. The First Noel
  3. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
  4. The Holly and the Ivy
  5. I’ll Be Home for Christmas
  6. Sing We Now of Christmas
  7. While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
  8. Joy to the World
  9. O Come, O Come Emmanuel
  10. God Rest You merry Gentlemen
  11. Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desire
  12. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

If you enjoy Christmas music, I hope you’ll check out Chad’s CD! It is music for the soul, and I think I know why now. I just read these words Chad wrote in the dedication on the inside of the CD: As with every note I am given, all glory, honor and praise is returned to the giver of life, creativity and grace; Jesus Christ. Each note and space between is for His glory and nothing more.

And since I love hearing people’s stories, I wanted to share just a little bit of Chad’s with you! Chad Lawson was five years old when he realized his dream for life was music. After music school, he formed the Chad Lawson Trio, releasing highly acclaimed jazz albums. Their music was featured on Starbucks retail radio and the television series Dawson’s Creek. For seven weeks, their album,Unforeseen, was on the top of ten jazz charts. In 2007, Chad toured with Julio Iglesius, but realized that his dream was not playing with someone else, but to return to his own calling–the piano. In 2009, Chad recorded his first solo album, Set on a Hill. He has since recorded two more solo piano albums, The Piano and A Solo Piano Christmas.

Okay, so here’s how you can listen to Chad’s music — you can visit his page on YouTube or iTunes! You can pick and choose your favorite songs for only 99 cents each, or buy the whole solo piano Christmas album (total of 12 songs) for only $9.99!  And you can also see and read all about Chad Lawson and his music at his website.

With many thanks to Chad, I have two autographed copies of A Solo Piano Christmas CDs to giveaway to two of you! This giveaway will end on December 21, 2012 at midnight. Thank you once again, Chad!

Just click “Share Your Thoughts” below and let us know your favorite Christmas song. {If you’re reading this via email, please click the title of today’s post at the top, and it will take you to my blog where you can enter at the bottom of the post. :)}

About Renee

Renee Swope is a Word-lover, story-teller, heart-encourager and grace-needer. She's also a wife, mom, friend, daughter and author of A Confident Heart, a Retailers Choice Award winning book that became a best-seller and has been published in six languages, with over 150,000 copies sold. Renee is speaks around the country at women's events and and serves on the writing team for DaySpring’s inCourage blog. For twenty years, Renee served in leadership at Proverbs 31 Ministries and as former co-host of the ministry's radio program, “Everyday Life with Lysa & Renee.


  1. Ever since the first time I heard my mom and grandmother and the rest of my childhood church’s choir sing “Do you hear what I hear” in 2 part harmony at Christmas, it’s been my favorite! God bless everyone this Christmas season.

  2. O Holy Night is my ultimate favorite!!

  3. Amy Raftery says:

    Thanks for introducing me to this wonderful artist! My favorite Christmas song is “What Child is This?” It was the first Christmas song I learned to play on the piano when I was young and still holds a very special place in my heart.

  4. Marc Daniel says:

    I have lots, but Joy to the World is my no.1 . It’s really a great joy and hope to this weary world to know the saviour, who is Jesus. Glory to God in the Highest. I’d love to win this to add it in my CD collection. Many thanks and blessings! Happy Holidays! :))

  5. Definitely O Holy Night!

  6. My favorite Christmas song would have to be Do You Hear What I Hear?. I love the story told through the song about the night of our Savior’s birthday, so many years ago. No matter how many times I hear the song, it never seems to get old. Most of the time, I get teary-eyed when I listen to it, if I will take the time to really think about the message within the song!

  7. O Holy Night is my favorite!

    • Thank you for your post. I would love to win the CD. I’ve been having difficulty experiencing joy recently so I began listening to Christmas CD’s in November. With Christmas fast approaching the “joy” is continually being zapped again. So additional Christmas music, especially hymns would be especially helpful. God Bless and Merry Christmas!!

  8. “What Child is This?” is my favorite. I find myself humming the tune all thru the year.

  9. Esther Matteson says:

    “Mary, Did You Know?” profound thoughts and concepts there

  10. There are so many that I LOVE, but I’ll pick just one for today…… Be Born in Me by Francesca Batistelli (it’s newer, but I LOVE IT!!).
    THank you!

  11. Jill Kuiper says:

    Silent Night. Every time I hear this song or sing it, I cry. Remembering my grandma who passed away 33 years ago this coming Wednesday. My mom played the organ at church and for years I accompanied her with the bells. Special memories for a blessed song!

  12. The Little Drummer Boy. He had nothing tangible to give but he gave what he had-and it was enough.

  13. I am like some others, that I have alot as I enjoy the beautiful Christmas songs. To pick one, I will say it would be O Holy Night. That was a Holy Night when our Savior was born.

  14. Donna Harvey says:

    My favorite? Difficult to pick, but I would have to say “The brithday of a King”

  15. O Holy Night and The Christmas Song (Chestnuts roasting..). 🙂

  16. Too many favourites to pick!. Thanks for introducing me to Chad’s music – it’s absolutely beautiful.

  17. Favorite song: Mary, Did You Know? P.S. my birthday is on the day of the give a way, 12/21/12.

  18. Janel Roti says:

    “In The First Light” is one of my favorite during this season of celebrating our Savior’s birth and His gift to us of everlasting life.

  19. It is impossible for me to pick a favorite, but one of my favorites is “Carol of the Bells.”

  20. Katie Allen says:

    One of my favorites is “Breath of Heaven” by Amy Grant. If I need a pick-me-up, I love “Sleigh Ride” by Debbie Gibson. So fun!

  21. I have always loved piano music, it is truly soothing to the soul. Reminds me of a rippling brook when it is played right. May everyone have a blessed Christmas, and remember who’s birthday we are celebrating! Jesus is His Name! ♥

  22. Oh Yes my soul needs soothing this week! Thank you for sharing Chad’s CD with us. I downloaded Song of Prayer when you shared it with us before and have loved listening to it many times. It is my go to song when I am writing and need time to quietly think. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas.

    In His Calm,

  23. One of my favorite things about the holidays is getting out my Christmas CD’s. I love filling the air with the soul stirring hymns and songs that remind us of the glorious miracle of Jesus’ birth. May you and your loved ones have a blessed Christmas!

  24. My all-time favorite Christmas song is “Mary Did You Know?” However, every one of the songs on Chad’s CD is beautiful, and I would be honored to have a copy of it. Thank you, Renee, for your continued inspiration and sharing resources with us. Merry Christmas!

  25. Barbara Prince says:

    I love Christmas music. I think that is one of my favorite parts of the holiday, well, that and baking cookies.
    I think, if I had to pick one song, it would be Star of The East, but it has to be my sister and niece singing it to me. If I could record it, I would.

  26. Mary did you know. Is my favorite song

  27. Loretta Pearson says:

    We love listening to Christmas music to set the tone in our home

  28. My favorite Christmas song has to be “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” because I love my family dearly and I don’t get to see a lot of them except for the holidays and that song just touches my heart. You can go home for Christmas even if it’s just “in your dreams”

  29. Just one? Right now…in this season…Silent Night…oh how my heart yearns for the “all is calm”.

    Having a degree in piano, and my son just graduating with his A.R.C.T. solo performers in piano, this sounds like a CD our entire family would enjoy.

    Love you tons Renee…pray for you often…you are a blessing.

  30. O Holy Night

  31. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

  32. Silent night. Love to listen to this in a quiet room with just the tree lights on.

  33. Jessica Budd says:

    Do You Hear What I Hear

  34. I’m not sure I can pick a favorite, Love Breath of Heaven, Oh Holy Night, Silent Night, I could go on!

  35. My favorite is “O, Holy Night,” but yesterday, I heard my church’s youth choir sing a lovely version of “The Holly and the Ivy.” It’s a lovely song, and I’m glad to see that it’s on Lawson’s CD.

  36. Breath of Heaven is my favorite.

  37. “Do You Hear What I Hear” has been my favorite Christmas song for many years. I love how it tells about the true meaning of Christmas – the birth of Christ. I never get tired of listening to it.

  38. Debbie Napier says:

    Renee, like you this morning my heart longs to be ushered into a place of God’s peace. A place where He can hold me close, wipe away my tears and remind me once again that He has a plan for my life that I don’t see yet but I can trust Him. What better way than to curl up with His Word, wait for His promises and finish that time with soothing Christmas music to remind us that we have already been given the greatest gift. Hugs in Him…

  39. I so appreciated your email today. I love “What child is this” as it brings such a holy atmosphere when it is sung. I love to play Christmas carols when I am writing Christmas cards as I find it inspiring and love to add a scripture or two inside the cards I am writing. Bless you abundantly for your ministry, so up building and powerful words of truth. May you and your family be truly enriched as you ponder again the miraculous birth of our Savior – “He who flung the stars in space became a little baby for a space of time.”

  40. I love O Holy Night. What a night that must have been!

  41. “O Holy Night” is my favorite Christmas song. I learned how to play it on the piano when I was a child. Just listening to Chad’s piano music makes me want to start playing the piano again. Merry Christmas!

  42. Music brings to mind so many memories, not just with Christmas. I love the soothing sound of the music.

  43. I love Christmas music!! My favorite song is “O Holy Night”!

  44. Thanks for sharing. i love all the Christmas Music and I will Check out Chad music on Itunes.

  45. Hard to pick just one Christmas song. Many beautiful memories in so many of them…hearing them growing up and going to NYC with my Dad on Christmas eve. Thanks for the chance to win this CD! Blessed Christmas to you and your family!

  46. Silent Night

  47. The week before Christmas is when I like to slow down and think on the Lord and His goodness. I feel like I get caught up in all the “things” of Christmas and forget the beautiful Gift of Christmas, Jesus Christ. I love the song , Joy to the World. Jesus came for all who will put their trust and faith in Him. This year my daughter (expecting their first child) and her husband are having their first Christmas together on the mission field in FIJI which is now experiencing a Cyclone (hurricane). What a joy to rest In Jesus and spread the Joy of Jesus Christ to the world!

  48. O Holy Night is my favoite Christmas song 🙂

  49. Silent Night is my favorite. I used to listen to my Mom sing that song or hymn it sometimes. It reminds me that we have so much to be gratefule for. Now when I hear it it brings me sweet memories of her and all I have to be thanksful for through Christ.

  50. I’d have to say “Mary Did You Know”. It always makes me think about Mary and how it must have been to look down at the face of her baby and realize she held the promised Messiah in her arms, God with us.

  51. Rita Walters says:

    Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desires is my favorite song. It is not the most known but what it says is the essence of Christmas. Baby Jesus – His Love for me – fills the deep and true desires of my heart. The Love reflected in the gift of Baby Jesus to the world even soothes a brokenheart …. and reminds us that God the Father cares for us so much. In that manger we see the “cravings” of our heart filled truly and completely ….. filled with His Love.

  52. I love Mary Did You Know?, and O Holy Night is one of my very favoriites. But, We are the Reason (written by David Meece and recorded my many) really speaks the truth of Christmas. In it ,David talks about how as children we look forward to the presents. Then as we get older, and learn more about Jesus, we realize that He is the greatest Christmas gift we can get and that we are the reason that God gave us that gift. David’s song One Small Child is roght up there too.

  53. Oh Holy Night is without a doubt my favorite.

  54. Silent Night has always been one of my favorites and then a few years ago we found out that it was a member of my family who wrote the music or it. I now have an even deeper connection to the song.

  55. I enjoy most every Christmas song and especially enjoy hearing different artists give their renditions of traditional favorites. The “Rose of Bethlehem” has a special place in my heart…when I think of someone rejecting such a wonderful Christmas gift…”Like a Rose trampled on the ground,” I know Jesus must be so hurt.

    I dedicate the “Grinch” theme song to my husband who insists I wait until the day after Thanksgiving to listen to Christmas Music and I wear-out my CD’S & Radio until New Year’s Day or he gets in the “Holiday Spirit” whichever comes first!! 🙂 Teehee…”Tis the Season…”

  56. My favorites are “White Christmas” and “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”. Thanks for the generous give-away!

  57. My favorite always will be Do you Hear what I hear?, since childhood to me this one and The Little Drummer Boy movie will be my greatest love. Truly ushers in Christmas for me.
    Thanks. Renee for all you do.

  58. I love “Away in the manager”. It just reminds me of God’s sacrifical gift to each of us. Also, how much He loves children.

  59. Karen in PA says:

    My favorite Christmas song is “Away in a Manger” Growing up we always listed to an album named “Christmas in England” My mom is from Yorkshire England and the album had the Church Bells and many classics. This year I was able to get the CD that had been made from the Album. I can’t wait to share it with her.

  60. O Come,, O Come Emmanuel is my favorite. Its soft chords soothe my soul and usher me into His presence. His Presence is what I need right now, and it is my prayer for the families of the Sandy Hook victims, that the Precious God Who came to earth and suffered and died for us would be with them in the dying in their friends and families, that He would soothe their souls, and the souls of all of us who are assaulted by the evil in this world, that His Precious Presence would rescue and save all and lead us into goodness, and light and love. I have been listening to this in other recordings and it sooths my soul to imagine Jesus near and in the room with me as I hear the tender strains of this lovely song. O COME, O COME EMMANUEL.

  61. Every December my dad would sing Silent Night as he tucked me into bed. He’s been gone 23 years now and I cry every time I hear that song at Christmas. For me it’s my favorite song of the season.

  62. I like “O Holy Night” and “All is Well”

  63. I love ” Mary Did You Know” as a mother I have raised my children to the best of my ability according to Proverbs 22;6 and Ephesians 6;4 and when you do this you do not even know the potential that each child has to become all that God wants him to be. Will they become a Billy Graham winning countless souls for the Lord or will they become a martyr standing up for what they believe in ? Mary had the Saviour of the world in her arms. She was human and so young, but so willing to surrender her all to the purposes of God’s plan. What all must have been going through her mind when the wise men laid gifts at His feet ? How much did she fully comprehend ? What ran through her mind as her baby boy was hanging on that cross for our sins? How her heart must have been so broken and wondering why? When did the revelation fully come to her of who her son really was? Was it when she stepped into eternity ? I love this song. It makes me cry every time that I hear it. Thank-you Father, for sending Jesus into our world !!! Merry CHRISTmas all

  64. nancys1128 says:

    Choosing a fave Christmas song is so hard! I love so many, but if I had to pick a top (few) the list would include Do You Hear What I Hear, O Holy Night and Mary’s Song. Oh, and Christmas Is by Francesca B.

  65. My favorite Christmas song is Mary, did you know?. Second would be Amy Grant’s version of My Grown Up Christmas Wish. But, I enjoy most traditional Christmas music. How can you not when you only hear it a short time each year!

  66. brenda osborn says:

    O come all ye faithful

  67. Marsha Patterson says:

    Silent Night tops my list of favorites.

  68. Kathy Miller says:

    The first song that came to mind was “Venite adoremus Dominum…”. It reminds me so much of my mother — how she would play it on the piano, and sing it so cheerfully! She has now been gone 4 years and I miss her and how she loved to celebrate Christmas in such special and meaningful ways!

  69. what child is this? says it all:)
    God rest ye merry gentleman is a vert close second.
    thank you for sharing. hugs

  70. Chrystal Wood says:

    My favorite song is What Child Is This?! BUT, I really like O Come, O Come Emmanuel!!!!!

  71. It’s hard to pick one, but at this time it’s “Mary Did You Know?”.

  72. Elaine Segstro says:

    I LOVE “Emmanuel” by Chris Tomlin, and “Silent Night”!

  73. O Holy Night and The Nutcracker Suite

  74. I LOVE Mary dud you know.

  75. O Come, O Come Emmanuel

  76. Leslie Roberts says:

    I love the song “Mary Did You Know,” especially the rendition sung by Kathleen Battle with Christopher Parkening on the guitar. Pure Heaven!

  77. Hark the Herald Angels Sing or Joy to the World are two of my all time favorites. How can you help not like such uplifting songs proclaiming Jesus’ birth. What an amazing sight that would’ve been to see.

  78. Oh Come All Ye Faithful is my favorite Christmas song.



  80. Silent Night
    As young as 5 years old, I can remember our family tradition on Christmas Eve every year, into my adulthood.
    As little ones still living at home , my father would collect all 5 of us kids, and gather my mother to his side, having us all join hands together forming a circle around our “real” Christmas tree. He would have us sing Silent Night .

    We would first sing it in English and then in German, as my mother is German & we are bilingual.

    Dad went home to our Heavenly Father unexpectedly April 1994. We miss him tremendously, especially T times like this around special days and the holidays.

    I get a warm sentimental smile , as my mind reaches back to the mid 50’s, 60’s and up into the mid 90’s.

    I can still vividly all 7 of us as plain as day around the tree, and us kids singing to the top of our lungs 😀 ( until we got older and more mature) then we settled down to a more graceful sound to reverence our Lord.

    I’m grateful for the memories , stories and pictures I can share with the grandchildren.

    I’m 58 years young now and have 2 wonderful adult children, a son-in-law and 3 beautiful granddaughters .
    I started this tradition with my children but sadly we somehow didn’t keep it up.

    The kids are coming town with grandchildren in tow Wednesday. I think I’ll discuss restarting it, or making a new tradition. Oh what joy!

    After we sang Silent Night we then sang O Christmas Tree. Yep, you guessed it!! In both English and German, after which us kids got open one present!!!

    Merry Christmas everyone & have a Joyous and blessed New Year

  81. ’emmanuel’ by amy grant and michael w smith

  82. Joanna Warren says:

    Choosing a favorite is challenging. I love that God gave us music to help set a tone in our days. “Mary, Did You Know?” is a favorite, bringing tears of awe and wonder and worship. “Sleigh Ride” is a favorite, sending us laughing and dancing across the room. “All I Want For Christmas is You” never fails to leave me laughing with my husband as I try to karaoke. “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” brings a flood of sentimental feelings. Of course, there are a few I wish had never been recorded, too! Merry Christmas to all!

  83. Leslie Shoemaker says:

    There are so many great songs to choose from … if I had to choose one it would be … Hark! The Herald Angels Sing. The words are so … Jesus. I could use a little soul soothing Christmas right now as I’m sure many others can, too. Merry Christmas to you Renee … and thank you!!!

  84. Silent Night!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  85. I love all Christmas music. It brings peace and comfort to me on Christmas Eve to sing them as we prepare for Jesus birth. One of my favorite is “What Child is This?” What Mary agreed to do, as an unwed teenager, to give birth to our Savior! WOW A very Blessed Christmas to you and your family, Renee.

  86. The First Noel and Mary Did You Know?

  87. Carla Alberda says:

    “O Holy Night” is my favorite. However, maybe the free CD should go to someone mourning the loss of their child due to the school shooting…..

  88. My favorite song to hear at Cristmas, not necessarily a Christmas song is, Mary did you know. And also Christmas Shoes.

  89. Vanessa Wynn says:

    O’ Little Town of Bethlehem – for the moment. My “favorites” seem to change frequently when it comes to music. It is the song that is speaking to me in the moment.

  90. Connie Capps says:

    My family and I have always LOVED “O HOLY NIGHT”!

  91. “O Come All Ye Faithful” has always been one of my favorites, but I tend to sing along with any and all of the traditional Christmas carols!

  92. Debbie Lepock says:

    Merry Christmas Renee! I hope you and yours have a very blessed Christmas. Thank you for sharing. I love Silent Night, brings me comfort and peace.

  93. Oh holy night is my favorite.

  94. Thanks for sharing his music, one of my favorites is Oh Holy Night.

  95. Michelle PYLES says:

    Mary, Did You Know

  96. “Oh, Holy Night” is one of my many favorites, along with the Hallelujah Chorus from Handle’s Messiah.

  97. “Mary Did You Know” and “What Child is This” are my favorites. So easy to relate to when you have had a child of your own. Imagine holding the tiny Savior! I recently heard another song or maybe another “take” of a song that I absolutely loved. All I can remember is ….when you took your first breath……when you opened your eyes….. Similar to Mary Did You Know, but seemed like it should be titled “Jesus Did You Know”. It brought tears to my eyes!

  98. One of my favorites is “It’s About The Cross” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fr0Khzknt6w&list=UU2ep0l3rqF2FMnxZMzB6rlg&index=7, it’s by a group called “Go Fish” They do a lot of great kids songs, and they also have great Christmas music.

  99. I love Christmas music! It’s hard for me to pick just one song, but I will for today 🙂 Mary Did You Know is one of my tops. As a child I. Didn’t quite understand this song, but as a mother it resonates in my soul. “Mary did you know that your baby boy would one day walk on water?” It really brings home to me the humanity of our Lord and Savior. He was born as a human baby, frail and weak, but yet He still kept his divinity. To be the mother of the savior of the world must have made Mary feel so blessed and yet also nervous. I think about the responsibility that falls on a mother’s shoulders and how she bore an extra heavy load, to care for God Himaelf, to watch Him grow, and to eventually release Him to die for the world. I do wonder if she knew that her baby would die like He did. “Mary did you know that the sleeping child you’re holding is the great I Am?”

  100. Oh yes, my favorite song is, “It came upon a midnight clear”

  101. Josie Lytle says:

    I love all the traditional Christmas songs; Silent Night, We Three Kings, Joy To The World……. but What Child is This? and Mary Did You Know really touch my heart! Merry Christmas to all.

  102. I enjoy Christmas music- touches heart and soul in a special way for a special time of year!

  103. sue kostynick says:

    It looks like a beautiful cd. I am sitting here writing to you as this is my last day of work. I am retiring from teaching kindergarten. The Lord put me in the most God-centered public school. We meet, we pray whenever there is a need. Our wonderful principal even sends out notices about prayer meetings after school. She never lead out a praye before and did so this week for those involved in the shootings in Ct.
    I have been blessed in so many ways to serve the Lord at this school. We just had a Christmas program
    and the children sang Go In Peace! If you are not familiar with it, it was a beautiful song. I will be able to do alot more praying and listening these next few months. My all time favorite is OH HOLY NIGHT!!

  104. Silent Night is my favorite. Merry Christmas to all and best wishes for a Happy New Year!!


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