Then let us all with one accord…

Stepping away from the news and business this evening, I poked around on YouTube for a nice Christmas video to share with you.

For some reason I started wondering if Sitka, Alaska, where I’d spent 2-3 of my childhood years still celebrates Christmas.

I remember how Christmases there would light up the dark Alaskan winter. One year it seemed like half the town turned out in the late afternoon to skate on frozen Swan Lake late and roast marshmallows around a bonfire.

Sitka lies a little closer to the North Pole than central Texas does. I hope the Davis family will not mind if I share their public video of a beautiful carol sung by them for their congregation at Sitka’s Grace Harbor Church.

And I hope Nate and Genelle don’t mind my sharing their sighting of a breaching humpback whale in Silver Bay last Christmas Eve.

Somehow these beautiful recordings say exactly what I wanted to express to you this evening after a terrible week. I wish for all of you and your loved ones a wonderful, restorative holiday and a joy-filled New Year.

About The Author

Mark Mitchell

Award-winning children's book author-illustrator Mark G. Mitchell teaches classes in watercolor and children's book illustration at The Contemporary Art School in Austin, Texas.


  1. Felicia

    thanks for sharing. This is one of my favorite carols .

  2. Rebecca Nolen

    Love this! Thank you for sharing – I can’t imagine you having a bad week. You are the most upbeat, and encouraging person I know. Hope you have a blessed Christmas. Big hugs from Houston!

    • Mark Mitchell

      Oh, Rebecca I meant it was just a terrible week for the country, with the Newtown shootings — I’ll still take the hugs, though. Thank you, and Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  3. Jeff Rivera

    Merry Christmas, Mark , and happy new year.
    I understand how you feel and the school shootings and funerals was a very hard time on all of us. Hope we don’t hear such terrible news ever again.

    Thanks for sharing the videos. and wish you a wonderful year full of happy events.


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    How To Be A Children’s Book Illustrator”. Regardless I adored it!Thanks a lot,Florine


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