To be jolly????? Is it really? I know, I know I probably sound like a scrooge right away, but really I’m not. I work in a small community bank and we cater to our customers over the month of December by serving cider and donuts all month, we decorate it up like you wouldn’t believe, unless you were to come and see it, and we play Christmas music all the day long. So you see, I do get weary of some of the music that we listen to. I don’t want a white Christmas, I don’t think it is the season to be jolly and I don’t believe in Santa Claus or Rudolph. I don’t like to say happy holiday or season greetings when I answer the phone (so I don’t) and I really detest the fact that most leave the Christ out of Xmas!
In the privacy of my own home I can turn on my own Christmas music, rejoice, be edified and worship the Lord in my heart. My very most favorite Christmas song is “What Child is this”. I never tire of hearing this song because it is the message of Christmas. What child is it that we rejoice in but the Christ child, the King of kings who brings salvation to His people. Joy, joy, for Christ is born!
I also really like “O Holy Night” although I have a friend who says she doesn’t like it because there was nothing holy about the night. In a sinless, perfection context she is right, of course. But that night was ‘set apart’ for the Christ to be born. Before the foundations of the world the exact night was decreed. It was prophesied in the Old Testament and it came to pass exactly as it was foretold. Long lay the world in sin and now He has appeared, the King of kings.
There are many Christmas hymns that I love to hear and love to sing. They remind me that He came and that He lowly came to be born of a virgin, the Word made flesh to dwell among His people and to deliver them from their sins. Oh we praise His Holy name! The name above all names, the name of Jesus, our Emmanuel has come.