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My homeschooler and I have been listening to Mercy Me It's Christmas! in the car and I am ready to put up the Christmas tree and decorations!
When I was a child, I loved the moments in December after dark when my mother would plug in the lights on the Christmas tree and play Christmas albums on the turntable. There was something magical about those moments and my mind still wanders back there when I hear Christmas tunes on the radio.
I love Christmas music. When my husband and I lived in Michigan, I tuned my radio to the station that switched to Christmas music every November 1st. Oh yes! I am not one of those who has the rule that Christmas music must wait until after Thanksgiving.
I have a thing about Christmas music CDs. I prefer CDs that offer me a variety of tempos, a fast song here and there, a slow one here and there, a hymn, a traditional song, a new song, a secular song - I enjoy a good mix. And Mercy Me It's Christmas! delivers all of that. Sometimes I sing along quietly, sometimes I belt it out - I have really had fun with this one. (I am quite a good singer in my car. *wink*)
I really enjoy, "Go Tell It On The Mountain". It's always fun and Mercy Me's version is no exception. However, there is one star for me above all the other songs and carols on this album: Y'all, the arrangement of "O Come, O Come" is my favorite, ever. Not your traditional "O Come, O Come", it makes me have to think of the next line when set to a different tune. It is set to a folk tune that is used with the hymn, "The Gift of Love" that our youth choir sang when I was a teenager.
Pizza Ranch restaurants have a special version of the CD for sale with bonus songson board. Buy $25 in gift cards and you'll get this CD free.
2. Christmastime Again
3. Sleigh Ride
4. I'll Be Home For Christmas
5. Hold On Christmas
6. A Holly Jolly Christmas
7. Go Tell It On The Mountain
8. Do You Hear What I Hear
9. Our Lullaby
11. O Come, O Come
12. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (Exclusive Bonus Track for Pizza Ranch)
13. O Holy Night (Exclusive Bonus Track for Pizza Ranch)
14. Silent Night (Exclusive Bonus Track for Pizza Ranch)
15. Joseph's Lullaby (Exclusive Bonus Track for Pizza Ranch)
Mercy Me It’s Christmas CD
will be available in Pizza Ranch locations beginning November 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015. It
has 4 exclusive songs that can only be found on the CD version being
sold by Pizza Ranch. Each CD will be sold for $5 plus tax. Pizza Ranch
away the CD with a $25 gift card purchase as well as sell the full
album at each of its 200 locations throughout the Midwest and Great
Plains states. "We are so excited to debut our new Christmas album, MercyMe, It’s Christmas, with
Pizza Ranch” said Bart Millard with MercyMe. “Pizza Ranch is a
fantastic restaurant with a great mission to glorify God. It's the
perfect gift to give this Christmas season and the perfect CD to get you
in the Christmas spirit.”
I have a copy of Mercy Me It's Christmas to give away on my blog! Just comment to enter.
"Pizza Ranch is a chain of buffet restaurants serving pizza, chicken,
salad bar and Cactus Bread in IA, SD, ND, MN, NE, IL, WI, MI, KS, MT,
MO, WY, CO." Pizza Ranch is God honoring in its business. The food on the Pizza Ranch twitter page makes me hungry. Click through and check it out! I have never seen a Pizza Ranch, (there aren't any in my state) so I'll share info about them from the press release:
About Pizza Ranch:
Cultivating its mission "To
give every guest a legendary experience" since its inception in 1981,
Pizza Ranch connects with its communities in a way that provides bridges
for friends, family and colleagues to come together. Today, Pizza Ranch
is based in Orange City, Iowa and owns, operates and franchises over
190 locations in 13 states. Consistent growth has been a Pizza Ranch
staple, as the brand has become a beacon of community involvement and
exceptional food. The Pizza Ranch buffet features legendary pizzas,
salads and desserts, and is delivered with an unmatched service quality.
"We are extremely blessed to have a very close connection with our
guests," said Adrie Groeneweg, co-founder and president of Pizza Ranch. "This project extends the brand's essence to a new dimension beyond our
four walls and into their lives. It's a new kind of way for us to relate
to our loyal fans."
I hope you'll enter my giveaway. I think you'll enjoy the CD as much as we are! I'll draw a winner Friday, Dec 5, 2015.
(in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the
Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many
thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the
giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT
influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the
product in exchange for this review and post.
Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our
sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility