Thankful November

Thankful November – Christmas Songs

Collage of 2021 photos

In 2008 Pap and Paul released their first printing of “Songs of Christmas.” Here’s what I said about it way back then:

“Just in time for Christmas Paul and Pap’s first Christmas CD is available NOW! All music and vocals are performed by Paul and Pap with the exception of “The Little Drummer Boy” an instrumental performed by Henry Wilson, Pap’s baby brother. Henry has been playing guitar, mostly Chet Atkins style-since he was a kid.

Two of my favorite Christmas songs are on the cd, “Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem” and “Good Christian Men, Rejoice.” While “The First Noel” is a song I sing every Christmas, it’s never been one of my favorites, until this year. Paul’s vocals are truly outstanding. Between his voice, the music, and Pap’s tenor it gives me chills every time I hear it and brings tears to my eyes.”

There’s actually two “Songs of Christmas” cds. The first one had eight songs on it. Paul never felt like that was enough.

After the success of the first cd, he decided he wanted to produce another Christmas cd, but instead of starting completely over he added more songs to the original cd for a total of 15 songs. The second cd which was released in 2013 has been a huge success.

A while back I was cleaning out and found a copy of the first “Songs of Christmas” cd which only has eight songs. I’m giving that cd away today for one of my last Thankful November giveaway. Leave a comment on this post to be entered. *Giveaway ends December 8, 2021.

To pick up a copy of the current “Songs of Christmas” go here.

Last night’s video: Mountain Path 16.


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    Barbara Parker
    December 4, 2021 at 9:23 pm

    The classic, traditional Christmas songs of long ago are filled with the Spirit, Wonder, and Awe of Christmas and what it’s all about. I know the CD’s will be wonderful. Merry Christmas!

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    L. Logan
    December 4, 2021 at 5:23 pm


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    December 4, 2021 at 5:19 pm

    Please enter me in the drawing for this special Christmas music CD. Thank you!

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    December 4, 2021 at 4:46 pm

    I’m just one of many that misses your Dad’s tenor voice.

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    December 4, 2021 at 2:52 pm

    Tipper, while listening to you read Mountain Path last night, I heard reference to an automatic shotgun which got me wondering what time period the book is placed in. Maybe I missed it or forgot it from earlier chapters. Can you tell us what period it covers?

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    Hank Skewis
    December 4, 2021 at 1:55 pm

    I was looking for my new Christmas CD for 2021, and voila! here it is! Can’t wait to hear it…

    All blessings for the Holidaze to you, TIpper, and your family. Hank

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    December 4, 2021 at 1:27 pm

    Would love that Christmas music. I m partial to the old Christmas songs played by your family.

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    December 4, 2021 at 12:53 pm

    Hearing some of their music on YouTube I know the Christmas CD will be beautiful music.

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    December 4, 2021 at 10:59 am

    Love this music!! Thank you!

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    Sharon Cole
    December 4, 2021 at 10:13 am

    We just recently purchased this CD. Beautiful songs and family harmony. Take care and God bless!

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    December 4, 2021 at 9:33 am

    Paul and Pap’s CD sounds like it would be right down my alley. My husband and I play old time music and learn so much from others playing. What a beautiful way to end your November giveaways with the sounds of the season before us. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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    Sandra henderson
    December 4, 2021 at 9:29 am

    What a special gift to share! I know the songs on the album are wonderful! I’ve enjoyed your very thankful November.

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    Lori Hughes
    December 4, 2021 at 9:19 am

    I love Christmas music, its 9n my loat right behind gospel music. You are so lucky to have such a talented family

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    December 4, 2021 at 9:14 am

    Now I have to look at my CD to check whether I have the long or short version! If it’s the short one, I would sure like the long one and would give the short one to someone who needs to hear pure, simply performed Christmas music.

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    Ron Stephens
    December 4, 2021 at 8:58 am

    I have the “Songs of Christmas” CD so no need to put my name in the hat. Whoever gets it will be blessed by it.

    I have learned that there is more gospel in Christmas carols than in almost any equal number of other hymns. When listened to in the right spirit, they remind us of our need for redemption and of our Redeemer who brought it by the gift if himself. In doing that they cut through the glitz and the glitter and the greed to the heart of this matter of living. I reckon there is eternal purpose behind our hearing again every year. As the Lord said, “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.”

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    Steve in Tn
    December 4, 2021 at 8:51 am

    Merry Christmas to you. I have two of your family CDs and would love to have another so I could share your authentic, soothing and well done music.

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    Colleen Holmes
    December 4, 2021 at 8:42 am

    I’ve been playing Christmas songs everyday. Still need to descorate the house when grandkids come over. Merry, merry Christmas.

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    Cindy Alexander
    December 4, 2021 at 8:38 am

    Your family and your posts are one of my favorite reads out of all the other things that bombard my Mail. Thank you for sharing your lives with all of us. Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas. PS. I would love to hear the CD.

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    Angelyn McLain
    December 4, 2021 at 8:29 am

    Christmas music has changed for me a little. I have found that the old favorites tend to make me teary eyed. To many losses and changes. However, when I focus on Jesus and listen to those songs I am comforted. I love the music that you and your family play and I especially love the Christmas one. Merry Christmas!

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    Judy Lee Green
    December 4, 2021 at 7:41 am

    How special to have this Christmas music sung by your very talented family!

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    Pastor Lon
    December 4, 2021 at 7:41 am

    Oh yes I love so many Christmas songs, and one of my favorites is “Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem” as well. One can only imagine how special the Christmas season was and still is with your family being so gifted and talented with playing and singing together! GOD Bless Y’all.

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    Philip D Mundy
    December 4, 2021 at 7:23 am

    Please enter my name in the drawing for the CD, I like to listen to Christmas music all months of the year, especially the songs that have the true meaning of Christmas.

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    Matt Laminack
    December 4, 2021 at 7:16 am

    I got the “Songs of Christmas” cd in the mail that I ordered yesterday. It’ is so good! Y’all have a blessed day!

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    December 4, 2021 at 7:15 am

    Your reading of ‘Mountain Pass 16’ was So Touching! Gave me a little more understanding, as you said, of the culture of some others – ancestors who lived in NC, TN, & KY. Genealogy is a favorite hobby but your reading puts ‘meat on the bones’ of the dates & places I find in records.

    Thank you for sharing both the words & music of your family.

    MERRY CHRISTMAS to you & yours!

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    Kimberly Moore
    December 4, 2021 at 7:13 am

    I bet that’s fantastic music! Put me in the draw!

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    Greg Church
    December 4, 2021 at 7:11 am

    I am one of “those”, the bah humbug crowd. Christmas has always been one of my least favorite times of the year. I don’t like Black Friday ads coming a week before Thanksgiving, the stores putting out their Christmas displays the first of November , the flashing glitz of millions of colored lights making the Las Vegas strip look dim by comparison, the compulsion of buying gifts constantly reinforced in print ,radio waves, TV, Internet, telephone , etc, and don’t even get me started on the Hallmark Channel!
    On the other hand, I love Christmas ! I love the wonder of the cold star filled night sky. I love the time with family and food and laughter. I love the eyes of a child getting what was hoped for but not truly expecting. I love the simple decorations of a warm and snug home with those closest to you gathered around. I love remembering and celebrating the time long ago when my Savior exchanged the glory of Heaven for the straw filled manger and 30 odd years of worldly human existence so I could one day be with him.
    Often, it is the music of Christmas that separates my mind and heart from the loathing of what Christmas has become and gently reminds me of what Christmas is, or at least ,should be. Heartfelt songs , thoughtful in lyric and note that open my heart once more to Christmas as a celebration. I am sure this CD would be one of those that could transform Mr Hyde back into the calm and peaceful Dr Jeckle. I hope that whoever may get this prize will be soothed from the frantic “oh it’s almost Christmas and I have so much left to do” into the “Oh, it’s almost Christmas and I’ve so much to be thankful for” state of mind.

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      December 4, 2021 at 9:14 am

      Amen Greg. Glad to hear someone else say what Christmas is and should be. My vote goes for you to win the cd.

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      Donna Brewton
      December 4, 2021 at 9:57 am

      You have just expressed my feelings exactly. Sometimes it’s difficult to stay on the high road with so much clamoring around me. I’m making time for Advent readings and gifting only the needy.

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    Marilee J Godsil
    December 4, 2021 at 7:11 am

    Some years, I’ve dreaded the playing of Christmas songs. Not dreaded the holiday and its significance, just the repetition of songs. However, I cannot sing them without falling into tears. Some years, I welcome that.

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    Linda rice
    December 4, 2021 at 6:51 am

    I’m am so blessed every time I hear one of your family songs. I think I could listen to Paul picking his guitar all day. We wish that we were next door to you. Maybe we could sing and pick with y’all. Keep singing and picking. Y’all are a true blessing to us

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    Martha D Justice
    December 4, 2021 at 6:31 am

    I’m so thankful that you share your memories with us. You come from an amazingly talented family. I look forward each day to read your blog. God bless you and yours. Merry Christmas.

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