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A Busy Year - a Q&A with Francesca Battistelli

A new baby (Audrey Jane), a gold album (My Paper Heart), a Dove Award (Artist of the Year) and a Christmas album: it's been a busy year for Francesca Battistelli!

She recently took a few minutes to chat with us about the memories and moments that make Christmas the most wonderful time of the year.

Family Christian: Tell us about one of your favorite Christmas memories.

Francesca Battistelli: My mom set up a nativity scene every year at Christmas. She would hide the baby Jesus in an old Grandfather clock, and it was always my job to place him in the crèche on Christmas Eve. Such a fun and memorable tradition!

FC: Are there any other Christmas traditions you love?

FRANCESCA: Being with family, talking about Jesus, eating delicious food and sleeping under the Christmas tree!   FC: Music is such an important part of the season. So what Christmas songs or carols hold special meaning for you?

FRANCESCA: I've always loved "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" and my favorite non-traditional Christmas song is "Breath of Heaven."

FC: You have two little ones now. How have your children changed how you experience Christmas?

FRANCESCA: I think this year will be the best yet, since our son is 2 now and really understands what a gift is. It's incredible to see this time of year through a child's eyes. FC: So what are you looking forward to celebrating this year with Eli and Audrey? FRANCESCA: We're going on tour with NewSong, and so there will be much Christmas cheer to be had with their "Poppa" (Billy from NewSong)!

FC: 2013 isn't too far away. What does the new year hold for you?

FRANCESCA: Watching my little ones grow, touring in the spring and starting to work on my third album!

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