Go Tell It On The Mountain

Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion:
for great is the Holy One of Israel
in the midst of thee.
- Isaiah 12:6 -

Go tell it on the mountain,
over the hills and every where;
Go tell it on the mountain
That Jesus Christ is born!

While shepherds kept their watching
O'er silent flocks by night,
Behold throughout the heavens
There shone a holy light.

'Twas in a humble manger
That Jesus Christ was born;
The God of all creation
Became a child that morn.

He came to die for sinners,
To take away our sin;
That we may know salvation,
And be complete in Him.

Go tell it on the mountain,
over the hills and every where;
Go tell it on the mountain
That Jesus Christ is born!
- Traditional Spiritual -

On the 1st of December my husband, son, and I headed up into the mountains
to find our Christmas tree.
We climbed into our truck and away we went.

The Lord blessed us with a beautiful clear day
and along the way He gave us some wonderful views of His creation..

This handsome guy did not seem to mind us in his territory.
He slowly walked in front of us and then meandered up the hill.

Shortly after seeing him we saw his lovely lady friends :)

We continued on in our journey
looking for the perfect Christmas tree.
And finally we found it. . .

This little beauty was calling our name.

{ thanks to the little one for taking the picture }

The Christmas tree was loaded into the truck
and hot cocoa was poured for all to enjoy
along with a cookie. . .or two.

Then it was time to head home for we had a tree to decorate.
As we started back down the snowy roads
I couldn't help but ponder the things of the Lord
and the beauty of this season.

I wonder as I wander out under the sky,
How Jesus the Savior did come for to die
For poor, ornery people like you and like I;
I wonder as I wander, out under the sky.
- Appalachian Carol; adapt. John Jacob Niles -

May we be reminded this Christmas to " go tell it on the mountain."
We get to celebrate the birth of our precious Savior 
and we have the joy and privilege of telling others about this great gift.

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:
and the government shall be upon his shoulder:
and his name shall be called
The mighty God,
The everlasting Father,
The Prince of Peace.
- Isaiah 9:6 -

Have a blessed Lord's Day, dear friends!

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Andrea Ostapovitch said...

Oh, how I love that song!!! It was my absolute favourite to play on the piano! It was one of the few songs I actually had an easy time injecting feeling into!

Mrs. W. said...

Good morning Stephanie,

What a wonderful adventure for you and your family! That is some glorious country you live in! The day seems like something out of a storybook or Christmas movie - a treasured memory for years to come.

I am impressed with what a good photo your son took of you two. You are a sweet couple :)

Thank you for the beautiful, encouraging words of our precious LORD and SAVIOUR.

Have a beautiful Sunday,

Anonymous said...

I love the lyrics you have shared and the photos from your Christmas tree search. Can't wait to see your tree decorated!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a happy time to be with your sweet family making memories! I mentioned you on my blog this morning. Sweet hugs, Diane

Chris Lally said...

What a lovely blog post - a feast for my soul! Thank you, Stephanie!

Sara - Villa Emilia (My Woodland Garden) said...

What a beautiful and encouraging post, dear Stephanie!
I love your wonderful mountain views (and so wish we had mountains too - they are good for the soul and spirit). The last photo touched my heart particularly. It reminds me of our trips to near mountains, when we were living in Italy. In the evening when the sun was going down, it was time to go back home...
This blog looks more beautiful than before every time I visit it. :)
Have a blessed new week!

Linda said...

Gorgeous photos, Stephanie! I love this song, too! :)

Vicky Hunt said...

A lovely post as always Stephanie. Every time I hear this song or think about it, I am reminded of my children performing in the Christmas program at church when they were young. My so played the angel Gabriel once. So sweet! You and your dear hubby are a precious & beautiful couple! Enjoy that perfect tree. I am going to show my son the deer pictures. He would love to hunt a big buck like that! Our deer are much smaller than Western deer. He is magnificent! Have a delightful week.

Hugs, Vicky

Debbie Harris said...

Oh Stephanie...this was a precious post. I enjoyed the photos of the mountains, especially the one with the sun shinning through the trees, beautiful.!
I have a feeling you may have been singing this beautiful hymn and the deer stuck around just to hear the sweetness of your voice. {Smiles}
Now I will be singing or humming this through out the day. I seem to do that after reading your Sunday posts. :-)
I can see why that tree was calling out to you, even out in the open it is perfect. He looks like he is just waiting to go home with you.
Our " little one" is taking after his mama with his photography. Excellent picture of the two of you.

Enjoy this beautiful day.

Love you~~Mom

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

What a beautiful post! How fun, and kinda romantic to go up the mountains to cut a tree! The scenery is so pretty and the snow just adds to it. We don't have any snow yet....really hoping for some soon!

Sylvia said...

Beautiful, Stephanie! Growing up we always went to the woods and cut a live tree, but getting older now we just use a small artificial one. Yours is very pretty, and how fun to have a warm snack out in the snow, too!

Billie Jo said...

Stephanie, you are such an inspiration as to how we should live our lives...
I love your love of home and faith and family...and simplicity.
I share it with you, and am comforted by your friendship.
Beautiful tree, my friend...

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

How romantic and magical to go to the mountains to cut your tree. I envision it as a fun romantic and endearing day. A memory that finds a place in your heart along with other Christmas memories each year. We, living in Philadelphia annually purchase our Fraizer Fur on December 15th (our anniversary) this year marks our 37th year. Romantic yes ... But ours is purchased from a Christmas tree lot so you can imagine how much I enjoyed your beautiful photo essay of your tree.

Thank you for your lovely comment left on my post and I am now a follower of your charming blog.

Anonymous said...

Oh Stephanie, this is one of my all time favorite hymns. As I live in the mountains, the words resonate deep. Thank you for sharing such lovely photos. God bless sweet friend :-)

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh Stephanie! FUN!!!!!!!!! You have snow; we on the other hand, do not. But it will come in due time! WHat a glorious place you are in and to see nature! WE saw reindeer yesterday! They were shipped over to the city from a ranch up north of us. It was FUN! Have a cozy day my friend. Lots of love to you!

Joyful said...

Beautiful post Stephanie. All the words, photos, music...simply wonderful. I love your tree too ♥

Mindy said...

Such fun memory making by cutting your own tree (and in such a lovely setting!). I love "Go tell it on the mountain" and am thrilled you put it in my head where it shall stay all day long : )

Robyn said...

Oh my goodness, Stephanie, such a beautiful post with gorgeous images. So nice that you were able to get up close and personal with the wildlife, too!
Your lovely choice of words and fabulous photos truly put a smile on my face and filled my heart. Thank you, friend. Love to you!

Laura Lane said...

You two look adorable together! What amazing photos. I'll bet you had a wonderful time.
Have a wonderful Christmas season!
Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

magnoliasntea said...

Ah, I've sung this one since I was very young, but I looked it up anyway and found that even though John Wesley Work, Jr. made it popular in 1907, it was originally a negro spiritual. Love the history of gospel songs, and this version is really good: http://www.vevo.com/watch/bill-gloria-gaither/go-tell-it-on-the-mountain-live/US3271200817
Hope you have a lovely week, Stephanie!

Lowcarb team member said...

The words ...
Your photo's ...
Are made for each other ...

May you have a wonderful new week ahead.

All the best Jan

Patty Sumner said...

What a beautiful country side to go for a Christmas Tree adventure..The pics are just wonderful. I love the song "Go tell it on the Mountain"....Your certainly have shouted the wonderful story of the Lord throughout your post. I so appreciate your faith! It seems these days very few want to shout about our Saviors birth..I hope your Sunday has been truly blessed.

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Dear Stephanie, what a beautiful post sharing the hunt for your Christmas tree. Love the beautiful photos of your journey and the gorgeous deer along the way. You found the perfect tree and it will be beautiful when you add your magic to it at home. I love the song, Go Tell it on the Mountain and I will be singing it now the rest of the evening. Yes,now, more then ever, we certainly need to tell it on the mountain. Thank you for sharing. You and your hubby are a darling couple!!

My hubby and I had lunch with Kitty on Friday and had a special time. I have a post scheduled of our meet up tomorrow.
Blessings for a wonderful new week sweet friend. xo

Ashley said...

This post is so lovely. I love the photos you've been taking of the snow. I do wish it would snow here...or at least get cold. smiles
Oh, and before I forget, I love your header. It's so gorgeous.

Thank you for sharing us these lovely songs and verses. :D

Much love in Christ,

Mari said...

That's one of my favorite Christmas songs! Beautiful photos and beautiful post!

Consider It All Joy said...

I love this post, Stephanie! Besides the fact that you were able to enjoy beautiful scenery, it reminds me of happier days when my hubby, kids and I would go drive through the mountains and choose our tree. Those were the best times! I hope you'll share photos of your decorated tree soon! Blessings, Cindy

Vee said...

So cool! A perfect tree in a beautiful landscape and a great photographer... The words of this carol against the Colorado mountains? Awesome!

Blue Jeans And Teacups said...


Anonymous said...

Just lovely, sweet friend! That has always been one of my most favorite Christmas carols- I just love both the fun tune and sweet words!! How fun it must be to just go into the woods to get the perfect Christmas tree. It looks like a real beauty!!

We have been in full-on Christmas mode around here this weekend- decorating both inside and out. :) Oh how I just love it!!

Thinking of you often, Stephanie! Looking forward to more Christmasy posts :) Wishing you a beautifully blessed upcoming week! Much love!

Cheryl said...

Such a wonderful, heartwarming post! I just love the picture of you and your husband and the beautiful tree you picked! It sounds like a picture-perfect day...hot cocoa, cookies, and all. Your little one must have had a ball! So very thankful for you, sweet friend. You are such a dear blessing in my life. Merry Christmas to all 3 of you!!! :)

Barbara Neubeck said...

... hello Stephanie... this is a wonderful post filled with beautiful photos and a favourite hymn..... Perfect ...xxxxx
I love the tree you chose and the deer were beautiful...
Hot chocolate and cookies in the snow sounds great...
Hugs... Barb xxxx

tealady said...

Lately I've been pretty much on bed rest and I just loved the photo's of the great outdoors. I remember taking the kids Christmas tree hunting a little chaotic but fun. Our family tradition was tree hunting,hot cocoa, popcorn and Christmas music.

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What a glorious song you've shared, my friend, and now I'm humming away! I loved seeing the photo of you and your hubby...so sweet of your son to take the picture. I also loved seeing the deer and all the beauty of your drive up the mountain. Having a cookie and hot chocolate packed in the truck was such a thoughtful treat for you three, and the best memories of a beautiful day.

Anne Payne said...

Such fun to trek through the snow into the mountains to get that perfect tree! Looks like y'all had a great time. And that Deer!!! Oh wow! I agree with your mom. He was probably sticking around to hear you sing. :) {{hugs}}

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing such beautiful photos and a favorite hymn.
Looks like a wonderful family outing. :-)

Little Birdie Blessings said...

What a beautiful place you live, and so close to God's creatures. Thank you for sharing. Your blog is a lovely place to visit. Love Abby

Daniela said...

What amazing shots you've had the fortune to take, the snow and such lovely, free Creatures ...
Thank you darling, sweetest Stephanie for this wonderful post of yours, it's always a big big JOY to come and visit you here !
Sending blessings to you and your dears and much love

Conniecrafter said...

Oh Stephanie, such a wonderful time together that must have been and it is great that the weather was just perfect. Your little guy is following after his Momma and taking great pictures :) Love it when we get to see animals out in nature, so fun!!
Love that song!

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, dear Stephanie, first of all, I love your Christmas banner. And what glorious views of God's creation! What a joy to roam the landscape in search of the beautiful tree you found! And the hot cocoa and cookie were perfect to warm up after being out in the snow.Yes, may this be a joyous time of shouting the joy of Jesus on the mountain tops - that Jesus Christ is indeed Lord and Savior! Hugs, dear friend!

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