As Christmas fast approaches, reverend Peter Unger is set to gain traction on this timely song “Christmas Cards”. Several websites have just featured the song and his YouTube views are starting to accelerate.
Here’s a little more about the influence of the song and background of Peter: When Peter Unger was growing up, Christmas was a magical time for his family and him.
He grew up in a small town in Vermont, and lived on the side of mountain three miles up a dirt road.
Peter’s home was a beautifully renovated farm house from the 1700s. On a clear winter’s day a forty mile vista of snow blanketed fields and mountains could be seen. At dusk the lights decorating his family’s home, and the fireplace smoke curling up from the chimney presented a warm contrast to the growing darkness.
Every year his family, on either snow shoes or cross country skis, would head into the woods surrounding their house to select a Christmas tree. His father, an emigrant from the Netherlands, brought Dutch Christmas into their home.
These included large Dutch chocolate letters sent to us by Dutch relatives, stories about Saint Nick and Dutch coffee with chicory, anise, and extra milk which the children were permitted to drink when teenagers. Christmas choir music and carols, played on the stereo, filled their home as the holiday neared. Love of faith, family, and friends overflowed our hearts at this very special time of year.
It was these cherished memories that came to mind when Peter wrote “Christmas Cards”.
The song features crisp vocals, and nice clear guitar and piano parts. The song’s lyrics paint a vivid picture of the festive time. You can really get the feel for what Pete is expressing in his lyrics.
A very uplifting song, you could imagine the song being played amongst the classic big hits that play on the radio each year.