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Christmas Eve & a story when Carol of the Bells made me cry

Twinkling trees and cozy.

With soft Christmas music playing on repeat...then that one song comes on and always takes me back to the time I heard it played live and my heart soared and tears welled in my eyes.
It was a dark night full of twinkle lights & santa hats in an old bar in a not so great part of town.
It was almost Christmas and it was all of a sudden so quiet before that first note started to play...

A guitar strummed the first note. 
And then a familiar chord started up. 
Played by the best band in the world.

It is Christmas Eve. 
And today, I am sharing a favorite post from the past that sums up some of what I feel every year. The memories, the smiles, the tears. all those moments wrapped up from several years ago. 
It was during a time when I was struggling a little bit honestly. 
Because of the life season we were in. It was a time when everything felt a little bittersweet. 
And that night, it was like time was zooming by and at the same time- standing still. 

You can read the simple story about how

Thank you so much for being here and reading my musings and being a part of French Country Cottage.  Wishing each of you and yours a very merry Christmas.


  1. Merry Christmas to you and your family! Your pictures and words are so inspirational. I recently purchased your book and love how you captured so many wonderful scenes. All the best to you in the New Year! Milena

  2. I love your blog! Wish I could have read your story; but, the link is not working...perhaps another time. Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!


    1. So sorry it wasn't working Patricia- it was down earlier but is working now. Thank you so much for stopping by!!

  3. Merry Christmas Courtney and family!

  4. Sweet story and memories. I Love your blog, Courtney and so glad I got to meet you. Hope to see you again when you are in North Carolina. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND FAMILY

  5. Beautiful story, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Courtney to you and your family

  6. Merry Christmas,to you and your family.
    Love your blog and book,they are so inspirational.
    Have an amazing 2019.

  7. Merry Christmas, Courtney. Loved your story of your little rock metal guys and Carol of the Bells is beautiful.
    xo Pat