For anyone missing a lost loved one this holiday season, ‘Different Kind Of Christmas' from Mark Schultz is a song for you.
"Putting candles in the windows
Lights upon the tree
But there’s no laughter in this house
Not like there used to be
There’s just a million little memories
That remind me you’re not here It’s just a different kind of Christmas this year"
Artist and performer Mark Schultz is no stranger to heartache. In fact, his own personal loss is what inspired him to write this special song.
Story Behind Mark Schultz’s Christmas Song
When his wife's father passed away, she felt a terrible ache in her heart.
"My wife loved to get those letters every Christmas from Santa Claus. Even when she was in college she would go home and write a note to Santa the night before. And even when we got married, the notes changed a little bit but she still got notes."
"In the evening fires glow
Dancing underneath the mistletoe
A letter left from Santa Claus
Won’t be the same this year in this house because
There’s one less place set at the table
One less gift under the tree"
The first Christmas after her dad's death, Schultz's wife realized that she would no longer receive letters from ‘Santa.' That's when she knew that Christmas was going to be very different.
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Over the years, the powerful words have provided comfort to those with an ache in their heart. It's always hard to look at that empty space at our table, but we can find peace knowing that our loved ones are truly in a better place in Heaven.
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