By EMILIE JENSON
Christmas is a time to celebrate, but it is also meant to be a time to reflect on Christ's coming and creating new family traditions.
Jennie Williamson, a Nashville singer, hopes her concert today at St. Paul Lutheran Church will touch the audience in a special way, as well as offer a time of reflection and healing.
"What we want to do is reflect on the real meaning of Christmas, remember Christmas past and create new memories for families," said Williamson. "We hope we can create a few moments of peace through music."
The concert will highlight several well-known Christmas carols such as "Joy To The World," but also a few originals by Williamson and lesser-known carols like "Still, Still, Still. "
If you go:
What: Concert by Nashville artist Jennie Williamson
When: 5 p.m. today
Where: St. Paul Lutheran Church, 400 S. 13th St.
Cost: Freewill donations accepted
"'Still, Still, Still' is one of my favorites," said Williamson. "It's actually a song from the 1500s. It's a beautiful song that is not real well known. And 'Gesu Bambino' is also one of my favorites."
There will also be a children's time during the performance which will include songs most well known to children such as "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "Frosty the Snowman."
"I have two girls of my own so I love to incorporate some kids' time in there," said Williamson.
A major theme of the concert is reflection and healing, which Willamson said is a big part of the holiday season for many people. Her husband Brian Williamson's personal story is part of what inspired the healing through her music. His first wife died in a car accident in 1998.
"We want this to be a healing time," said Williamson. "Everybody has a story. We know the time from Thanksgiving leading into Christmas can be a challenging time; sometimes that is harder than Christmas itself. Music is good for healing, it has a special way of speaking to the heart."
Williamson hopes her concert can provide an environment for that healing.
"We like to create a peaceful and safe atmosphere," she said. "Whether you come and want to sit up front and sing along or sit quietly in the back and listen, we really hope we can create that atmosphere."
The concert is also a time for families to come together.
"We try to create a family experience for everyone," she said. "I've had someone leave a remark that coming to the concert every year has become their new family tradition."
The performance will be at 5 p.m. today at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 400 S. 13th St. Brian Williamson, president of AriSon Records of Nashville, Tenn., grew up in Fort Dodge and attended St. Paul. They have been returning to Fort Dodge for eight years for the concert.