The Christmas Star – Songbook & CD

Songs for the Christmas season from Advent to Three Kings Day to sing with children

Mary Thienes-Schunemann

Illustrated by Lura Schwarz-Smith

Introduction by Pete Seeger


In olden times, when a person wished to express something sacred and holy, they were not allowed to speak about it, they could only sing. It was recognized that singing contained a higher power than speech and was a holy activity. There are still echoes of this ancient practice in some cultures of the world today. The memory is still present that how we use our voices to sing and speak can contribute to healing and peace, in our hearts and in the world.

– Mary Thienes-Schunemann

Tears filled my eyes several times as I listened to the CD that accompanies this extraordinary song book. It was not just that the music and singing were so very beautiful, nor was it that the songs were so well chosen, nor even that they brought back some of the best memories of my life. It was that Mary’s music is all these things and something much more as well – The Christmas Star is quite simply a sun-drenched outpouring of hope and love. What could have been just one more nice collection of Christmas carols has, through her healing artistry and deep sensitivity, come into the world a gleaming, golden gift of life offered to our children and their children beyond.

I can’t think of a better gift for your children, your family, yourself – a true celebration of the Light of Love kindled in the darkest season.

Listen to a music clip 1 2 3

Also available separately: Songbook Only or Audio CD Only

47 pages, 8 1/2″ x 11″, Spiral Bound. Includes audio CD.

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