Christmas Concert at the Portland Grotto

The Ananda Joy Choir will perform a Christmas concert during the Festival of Lights at the Grotto in NE Portland. The Festival is a highlight of the holy season of Christmas for many in Portland and throughout the Northwest. Admission to the festival includes all the performances during your visit. We encourage you to come early and enjoy the sights and offerings of the Grotto and end your evening with the Ananda Choir.  Our performance will be at 7:30 pm.   More information about the Grotto and the Festival of Lights

From the Grotto’s website: Presenting the sights, sounds and sensations of the season, The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights is the largest Christmas choral festival in the world. The festival features nearly 160 indoor holiday concerts performed by many of the region’s finest school, church and civic choirs. Offering a family-oriented blend of traditional celebration and serene reflection, the festival theme “Angels on High” reflects the special season of hope that Christmas offers to many thousands of families from around the Pacific Northwest.

Five indoor concerts are scheduled each evening in The Grotto’s 600-seat chapel, known for its cathedral quality acoustics. Continuous family entertainment in The Grotto’s plaza area includes outdoor caroling, puppet shows and a live animal petting zoo.

Holiday foods and beverages are also available, as is seasonal shopping in The Grotto’s Christian Gift and Book Store. A magnificent display of nativity sets from around the world is on display for viewing and individual sets are available for purchase in the Grotto’s Visitor Complex.

What Child Is This?

This Is Christ the King!

What Child is this who, laid to rest
On Mary’s lap is sleeping?
Whom Angels greet with anthems sweet,
While shepherds watch are keeping?

This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and Angels sing;
Haste, haste, to bring Him laud,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.
(Words: William Chatterton Dix, 1865. Music: “Greensleeves” 16th Century English melody Arranged by Sir John Stainer)

Christmas music comes in all flavors. There is joyful. Majestic. Peaceful. Blissful. Elevating. There is something for everyone.

It is a time when praising God, Jesus, the birth of the Christ, is all part of the norm. I wonder what this world would be like if we did this as part of our daily life.

Imagine a world were everyday was Christmas. Where we opened our hearts to the miracle of Jesus’s birth. We acknowledged each other with thoughtfulness and kindness. We offered our services, like Magi bringing the gifts to the Christ child.

Everyday could be surrounded with peace. Bliss. Joy.

This time of year all your buttons are guaranteed to be pushed. Amazing right! Waiting in traffic. Long lines. Last one in stock. Wrong color. Too big. Too small. Wrong style. Weird hours.

We are given choices during times like these to react or not to (control the reactive process–Nayaswami Maria Warner).

To see the beauty all around us in smiling faces, twinkle lights and beautiful, thoughtful decorations. Feel the peace by sitting in meditative stillness, while gazing at the creche. Have a laugh by wearing that Santa or Elf hat and hand out cookies at work, or hand cut stars.

I wanted to share the link the our Ananda Portland YouTube channel of the Ananda Choir Christmas Concert. Enjoy!