God bless you all this Christmas and in the new year. As a Christmas gift, here is beautiful recording of one of my favorite Christmas hymns. The words for all five verses are given below.
(the choir sings verses 1 and 5 beginning at 1:45:00)
O JESUS CHRIST, YOUR MANGER IS
O Jesus Christ, your manger is my paradise where my soul is reclining. For there, O Lord, we find the Word made flesh for us -- your grace is brightly shining.
He whom the sea and wind obey comes down to serve the sinner in great meekness. Now God's own Son with us is one and joins us and our children in our weakness.
Dear Christian friend, on him depend; be of good cheer and let no sorrow move you. For God's own child in mercy mild joins you to him -- how greatly God must love you!
Ponder again what glory then the Lord will give you for your earthly sadness. The angel host can never boast of greater glory, greater bliss or gladness.
The world may hold her wealth and gold; but you, my heart, keep Christ as your true treasure. To him hold fast until at last a crown is yours and honor in full measure.
Paul Gerhardt, 1607-76