Come to Him This Holy Night

Three Irish Christmas Traditions

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Pub Date Sep 27 2022 | Archive Date Nov 30 2022

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This year, millions of viewers of the Tabernacle Choir’s annual Christmas concerts on PBS will be celebrating the joyous culture of Christmas in Ireland.

This unique giftbook introduces the story of three Irish holiday traditions, as shared by acclaimed film and television actor, Neal McDonough. Each tradition is an opportunity to make Christmas more meaningful for ourselves and others, wherever we live and whatever our heritage.

One of these traditions is placing a lighted candle in the window—a reminder that long ago the Holy Family sought shelter but found no room at the inn. Over the centuries, a candle in the window has also become a symbol of openheartedness, signaling to the poor and downtrodden that they can find refuge within.  

Another world-renowned Irish tradition is adorning the house with branches of holly. But a simple wreath of thorned green leaves and bright red berries is more than decoration. It recalls the inevitable sorrows of life and assures us that heartache can give way to hope, joy, and peace at Christmastime.

Finally, in Ireland, Christmas is the time to prepare homes and hearts for the new year. Besides cleaning the barn and whitewashing the cottage, the holidays are for remembering others, reconciling differences, and returning kindnesses. Even the customary Christmas morning dip in the icy sea is a chance to be washed clean and begin anew.  

The book also includes a piano/vocal score for “Come to Him This Holy Night,” performed in concert by The Tabernacle Choir with Mr. McDonough. These new lyrics were written to the tune of a beloved Irish folk song and connects each of the Irish traditions to the timeless account of the Nativity. It’s a unique gift of story and song that will bring Christmas joy to people everywhere.

This year, millions of viewers of the Tabernacle Choir’s annual Christmas concerts on PBS will be celebrating the joyous culture of Christmas in Ireland.

This unique giftbook introduces the story of...

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I collect Christmas books, and this is a beautiful collection of Irish Christmas traditions. I love the history and illustrations paired with the lyrics, and I can't wait to see the performance of this song!

This book would be a great addition to any Christmas book collection, especially families with Irish ancestry!

Thank you to NetGalley, Shadow Mountain Publishing, and David Warner for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest opinions.

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This book contains the narrative given by guest performer Neal McDonough for the Tabernacle Choir’s annual Christmas concert on PBS. (Recorded in 2021 for broadcast in December 2022.) It includes beautiful illustrations, three Irish holiday traditions and the lyrics to a new hymn set to a traditional tune.

As someone who has been able to attend in person the majority of the Christmas Concerts by the Tabernacle Choir I think this would be a lovely reminder of the performance. It would also be a welcome addition if you collect Christmas Books or watch the Choirs Christmas celebrations.

If you’re ordering online (without being able to physically see it) be mindful it is very short at only 32 pages. Thank you to NetGalley and Shadow Mountain Publishing for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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What a beautiful book! It mixes the Irish traditions so seamlessly with the Christmas season. I can't wait to use this in our home this Christmas season.

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A gift book of the narration of a concert given by the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square in December o 2021 and Includes three Irish traditions, that were beautifully illustrated and shared lyrics to the song, Come to Him This Holy Night.

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Beautiful traditions that I hope I can start in my own family. I am always looking for more Christ-centered ideas for my home and especially around Christmas. It is my favorite holiday, not because of the commercialized celebrations but instead for what Christmas really means: More Christ. It was interesting to learn about Neal's history and I am excited to watch the broadcast associated with this book on YouTube.

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This was a really nice book. I loved the illustrations and I loved learning about some of the tradition Irish Christmas traditions. I also liked reading the lyrics to the song. I think this book would be a great Christmas gift.

I received a complimentary book from publishers, publicists, and or authors.  A review was not required and all opinions and ideas expressed are my own.

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A short and interesting book about christmas Irish traditions that You can easily read and enjoy knowing a little bit more about the culture of this beautiful country. I liked a lot!

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This is a beautifully illustrated gift book containing three Irish Christmas traditions: A Prepared Home and Heart, A Candle in the Window, and A Wreath of Holly. The title is from a song performed by the Tabernacle Choir and sheet music to the song is included at the end. A two-page spread for each of the six verses of the song alternates with a two-page spread for each of the three traditions.

I think this is a great way to bring the spirit of Christ into your Christmas celebrations. It touched my heart. Thanks to Shadow Mountain Publishing and NetGalley for a temporary digital copy to use for my review.

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This 32-page short but beautiful Christmas book has gorgeous illustrations, Christmas Irish Traditions, and a piano/vocal score of the song "Come to Him This Holy Night," performed in concert by The Tabernacle Choir with Mr. McDonough. Acclaimed film and television actor, Neal McDonough, pre-recorded with the Tabernacle Choir this Christmas Concert for the 2022 Christmas season.

I loved learning about the three Christmas Irish Traditions that all centered around the Savior and his birth. Holiday traditions are such an important part of building a strong bond between family, and our community. They give us a sense of belonging and a way to express what is important to us. Come To Him This Holy Night does exactly that.

This book will make a wonderful Christmas gift to friends and loved ones.

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This is a beautiful Christmas book. I love learning about how Christmas is celebrated around the world. Usually those traditions are more secular and I loved that these three Irish traditions were about our Savior. They are beautiful traditions that I hope to implement in my home. The illustrations and song were also beautiful and helped bring these traditions to life.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through Netgalley and this is my honest review.

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Gorgeous illustrations to go with the beautiful words about the Savior's birth. A fast and easy read for families to learn about three Irish traditions. It includes the music for a new Christmas song at to an Irish folk tune. This is a treasure for Christmas time.

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I enjoyed this short hardcover book based on a Christmas performance of "Come to Him This Holy Night," from The Tabernacle Choir with actor Neal McDonough. If you haven't watched one of their Christmas performances, I highly recommend doing so. They always have great guest hosts ranging from Broadway stars to actors and actresses to the cast of Seasame Street (yes, even the puppets)!

I loved reading about the three Irish Christmas traditions. The pages were beautifully illustrated to match what was being said about these traditions. I loved the combination of the written words and pictures. I loved how the traditions were related to Christ and finding ways to make Him be the focal point of our Christmas celebration.

I received a copy from the publisher, Shadow Mountain Publishing, via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions in the review are my own.

Happy Reading!!!

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I loved learning about some of the beautiful Christmas traditions of Ireland. This booklet will help to bring the Christmas spirit into your home and heart. I loved it.

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This was a little different as an ebook, having different graphics on pages, so I had to turn a lot. But I really loved the Irish Christmas traditions talked about. It was beautifully done!

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This is a lovely book for the holidays. The illustrations evoke a gentler time, while the text speaks to readers today. The hymn is beautiful, and I think this will be welcomed in many homes this holiday season.

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A wonderful Christmas book that traditions from the country of Ireland have to celebrate the season and the Christ Child.

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What a lovely book about three Irish Christmas traditions: preparing hearts and home, lighting a candle in a window, and the holly wreath. The pictures are gorgeous and the writing is beautiful. All three traditions are Christ-centered and touched my heart.
This book goes along with a performance by the Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square that can be watched on YouTube.
At the end of the book, there is a short biography about the choir and about the guest performer in the previously mentioned performance, Neal McDonough.
A great book for any time of year, but especially at Christmas time.

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I loved reading about these three traditions. This is a Christmas book that brings added meaning to Christmas.

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