From the recording Tell Me a Story

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Lyrics

I was born in North Dakota
Where the winter winds blow cold
Doing farm chores before daybreak
Could make a young girl soon grow old
So I left when I was able
Tradition couldn’t make me stay
But a Christmas tree with a golden angel
Brings all those memories back today.

CHORUS:
Christmas angel, Christmas angel
High upon the Christmas tree
Handed down from my grandmother
To my mother, then to me.

I was just a child that winter
When my grandma fell so ill
She passed away on Christmas morning
Snow piled up; the world stood still
Tears fell silently as snowflakes
But Mama held us close to say
“Grandma’s now our Christmas Angel
Watching over us today.”

Now life is often stranger
Than words can ever say
But thirty-one years later
My mother died on Christmas day.
As the silent snow was falling
I held my children close to say,
“Grandma’s now our Christmas Angel
Watching over us today.”

CHORUS:
Christmas angel, Christmas angel
High upon the Christmas tree
Handed down from my grandmother
To my mother, then to me.

Handed down from my grandmother:
Love that shines eternally.

THE YEAR 2020

Jackie Morris

Intended as a humorous recollection of a really horrible year, "The Year 2020" recalls my way of trying to make lemonade out of lemons. The lyrics are actually true...and after I wrote the song, I realized how compulsive this scary time made me! But I also know that I was not alone! So many of us were spurred on to repair what had been neglected when life was "normal."

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