One of my favorite parts of the Christmas season is listening to Christmas music. Every year I set my car radio to 94.1FM and listen to nothing but Christmas music to and from work and as I go about my daily errands.
It used to take place following Thanksgiving. Just like turning on Christmas lights. That was the official marker of the beginning of the Christmas season. But not anymore. Now it’s after Halloween!
A little early if you ask me! Are we just skipping our thankfulness these days? Moving from ghosts and superheroes straight into hippopotamuses and men in red suits and sidestepping the pilgrims all together? Let’s let our turkey dinners digest first, please! We still have plenty to be thankful about. I say hold your horses Mr. Retailer!
But, I do love Christmas music! It puts me in the best of moods. I love nothing more than sitting by a crackling fire swooning over Christmas carols sung by Bing or Nat or Michael Buble or Josh Groban. And don’t forget the instrumentals by Chris Botti or Trans-Siberian Orchestra just to name a few.
What’s your favorite Christmas carol?
I think I’d have to go with
“Mary did you know?”.
I prefer the classics and a lot more Jesus and a lot less Santa. But, it seems that “I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” always seems to be a favorite among holiday listeners.
Whatever your favorites may be, let’s never forget the true meaning of Christmas. Let’s put a few traditional Christmas carols in the mix. Songs about Jesus. His birth. Not just hippos and Santa Claus. After all that IS the true meaning of Christmas. Let’s all make a joyful noise to the Lord. Sing praises to God for bringing His Son into the world to be our Savior.
And while you’re at it, why not try and make it a point to attend a Christmas musical. Just pull out your local paper or the Internet, and you’ll find plenty this time of year at schools, churches, and community centers. It’s good for the soul. You’ll be glad you did.
I plan on hitting a few Christmas musical productions myself. You are more than welcome to join me if you want to. And you can count on we’ll be listening to Christmas music in the car on the way there.
Fa La La La La La La La La!
Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises!
Love and laughter,