I enjoy listening to Christmas music.
I find that people are generally in two camps regarding this genre. There are those who love it and there are those who hate it. A few are undecided and can either take it or leave it. Fortunately those who have a distaste for it seem to be pretty patient with carol singing, wassail drinking, figgy pudding eaters like me.
I confess that I usually start dialing up Christmas music on my IPod a week or so before Thanksgiving. Call me a sentimental sap or a grown-up kid but I still get a kick out of everything from Rudolph to Rocking Around the Christmas Tree, to The First Noel. I like em done jazzy, country, classic, instrumental and blues. (I’m in Memphis as I write this so I have to add blues to the mix.)
Music is one of the major portals through which moods are shaped and thoughts get focused.
Have you ever noticed that a great deal of the early part of Luke’s gospel consists of song lyrics? Thanks to Zechariah and Mary, we have some marvelous theology that gets delivered through song. And yes, I consider these to be Christmas songs of a sort.
Most “secular” Christmas songs are about Santa Claus, snow men, reindeer and sleigh rides and such. On a recent road trip I listened for a couple of hours to a variety of artists singing just such songs. I made note of frequent themes like: giving, family, laughter, joy, good will to men, home, love, peace, neighborliness, appreciation for creation’s beauty…..snow, stars, mountains, country lanes and city sidewalks. Mostly the stuff of Christmas music reflects on goodly and Godly themes. If grandma hasn’t got run over by a reindeer, you can listen to most Christmas music right alongside her and neither of you will blush.
Songs with a spiritual theme speak of good will to men, deep respect for God incarnate, angelic proclamations, the inclusive project of redemption that includes wise men, shepherds and even little drummer boys. Granted, sometimes these songs exercise poetic license and embellish or simply are fictional in origin. But even those songs pretty much represent the heart of God. I’ve got a Bible and you do too, so we can all sort out the faith from the fairy tale and be no worse for the brain work.
In a few days I will put aside the Christmas music for another year. I thank God for this seasonal music which delights, enlivens and alerts me to the simple joys of life.
I like Christmas music.
Joy to the world !
Giddy-up giddy-up giddy-up let’s go!