I was just thinking about Christmas music and how much I love it--the way it makes me feel, the memories it stirs up, the warmth and comfort it brings. I'm always surprised when people say they don't like Christmas music. How is that possible?! I love nearly all of it.
Here are some of the specific lyrics I love the most, out of my favorite Christmas songs.
O, Holy Night
"...A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices! "
Such hope, such promise.
Mary, Did You Know?
"...Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new? This child that you've delivered, will soon deliver you."
Oh, and this line, too (actually the entire song brings tears to my eyes):
"...And when you kiss your little baby, you have kissed the face of God."
"...Son of God, love's pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus, Lord at Thy birth..."
There's nothing better than singing that, in candlelight, at Christmas Eve service.
"...Later on, we'll conspire,
As we dream by the fire
To face unafraid,
The plans that we've made,
Walking in a winter wonderland."
Okay, so this one isn't religious, but I love it. When I was little, I would think about the lyrics and envision a Christmas far different from the one I knew in Orange County, CA. Sitting by the fire with snow outside my window -- ahhh. I could dream of nothing better. It still stirs up that memory for me whenever I hear it today.
Away in a Manger
"...Be near me, Lord Jesus,
I ask Thee to stay,
Close by me forever,
and love me, I pray!"
Comfort. Undying love.
O Little Town of Bethlehem
"...How silently, how silently
The wondrous gift is given!
So God imparts to human hearts
The blessings of His heaven."
Yes, God is good.
Joy to the World
"...He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love..."
I just love belting that one out in church!
Of course, I also love the old standards: Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus is Comin' to Town, Let it Snow!, The Christmas Song ("Chestnuts roasting on an open fire...") -- but there's just something so comforting singing about God's love & Jesus' birth. Especially this time of year.
What is your favorite Christmas song and why?