Christmas is not only a time to spend with your loved ones young and old, but also a time to remember your loved ones that may no longer be with you. That’s the sentiment behind this Christmas song that written for legendary singer Neil Diamond.
Diamond performs the song ‘Christmas Prayer’ beautifully, and you can tell through his voice that he’s feeling the words he’s singing. In one passage of the song he sings:
“You’re in my Christmas prayers and in my Christmas dreams. In every Christmas story told, in every song I sing. When I hear people laugh and I see children play reminds me of that photograph of us on Christmas day. I see you standing there smiling down on me as I untie the gifts that lie beneath our Christmas tree and every Christmas day.”
In the studio, he is surrounded by photos of loved ones and decorations for the holidays. His band expertly provides the back up to Diamond’s distinctive voice as he continues to sing:
“Grandma’s, Grandpa’s, Father’s, Mother’s, Friend’s I’ve loved dear Sister’s, Brother’s, Son’s and daughter’s, I once played with; Aunt’s and Uncle’s I once stayed with their story will be told. As long as love recalls those loved one’s smiling down on me. The greatest gift of all will be forever there. It’s Christmas up in Heaven, too, with love beyond compare.”
The song is from his 2016 album, ‘Acoustic Christmas’, which the video describes as paying “tribute to the loved ones that may no longer be with us this holiday season but are always in our thoughts.”
Watch and listen to the entire song in the video below.
Diamond’s album is available via Amazon for purchase.