Below is an audio clip of "The Christmas Song," made by my wife on her iPhone using her iPhone's built-in Recorder App (which is normally used for making voice memos), but how it came to be is what makes it special (and it's why I asked my wife if I could run this on my blog. That's her above earlier this year taken during the Photoshop World Concert Pre-Conference Workshop — photo by William Beem),).

Here's the story behind it, which I copied and pasted  from an email my wife sent to one of her friends. Here it is in her own words:

Our daughter was 3-1/2 year old at the time and she used to constantly play with the voice recorder App on my iPhone. I was in my bathroom blow drying my hair (singing/humming that song) when she came in playing around with that recorder App on the phone. She likes it when I sing "The Christmas Song" so she asked me to sing it into the phone. So I did. The phone did a pretty decent job with the recording so I thought I would send it to Scott's brother Jeff (because he's always after me to sing him Christmas songs) and then as I was about to send it I thought: "Well, mom might like to have it, and so and so might like it" and then it became my Christmas card!

It took quite a bit of convincing to get my wife to let me run this on the blog a few years back, and again today (especially since she was just goofing with my daughter when she did it, plus it was recorded in just one take, into an iPhone no less, and not done in a professional recording studio), but I think the spirit of Christmas got the best of her, and she finally said yes.

I hope you enjoy listening to it, and that it brings a little Christmas Eve spirit your way. (click this link to hear the song).

Merry Christmas everybody! :-)

About The Author

Scott is a Photographer, bestselling Author, Host of "The Grid" weekly photography show; Editor of Photoshop User magazine; Lightroom Guy; CEO; struggling guitarist. Loves Classic Rock and his arch-enemy is Cilantro. Devoted husband, dad to two super awesome kids, and pro-level babysitter to two crazy doggos.


  1. Scott, I hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful holiday season and the very best of New Years. Please take good care.

  2. Y’all are such a talented, blessed family. Have a Merry, Happy-Happy Christmas! :)

  3. This Christmas post always brings a smile and a tear every year you post it. I hope you continue to do so as long as you run the blog, Scott! May you, Kalebra, your kids, and the rest of your family have a very Merry Christmas and thanks for all you do for us.


  4. Scott, Merry Christmas to you, your family and friends.
    Thank Kalebra for providing a moment of pure Christmas bliss.

  5. Scott, I listened to it the first time and again today! Beautifully done! Merry Christmas to you and your family and a Fantastic New Year! Thanks for all you do to help us!

    Luke 2:10-11

    Do not be afraid, I bring you good news of great joy that well be for all the people. Today in the Town of David a Savior is born to you; he is Christ the Lord.

    Merry Christmas Scott!


  6. Thanks for a great Christmas Eve listening experience Scott. Merry Christmas to you, Kalebra and your family!

  7. Looks like an angel, sings like an angel!

  8. A Happy and Merry to you and yours. Never forget how lucky you are, Scott.

  9. That was beautiful! Thanks to you and Kalebra for sharing it. Blessings to your whole family today and throughout 2014.

    p.s. I recently bought and just finished reading your book “It’s a Jesus Thing”. So well done. I’m looking forward to “gifting” it to a friend real soon.

  10. Merry Christmas Kalebra and Scott !!! The real Christmas Spirit and Kalebra you have a wonderful voice. Thank you.

  11. That was awesome Scott (and Kalebra). The mark of a great voice is being able to sing A cappella and sound great. I know this because I routinely sing A crapella. :o)

    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  12. Kalebra, just beautifully done. It’s the little things we do with our children that we remember for ever. Merry Christmas to you, Scott and the entire Family

  13. WOW many thank Scott, Kalebra and rest of your family.
    may you have a great safe and happy Christmas.

  14. Merry Christmas to you and your family Scott & all the readers of your blog :)

  15. Damn you go girl!! Sounds really good.

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