I really enjoyed the November Thanksgiving series, “Pass the…” we finished today. I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
This time of year we don’t hardly seem to have finished one holiday before we have another looming in front of us. We celebrated Thanksgiving just under a week ago and, as the old Christmas song says, “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…”
Because I enjoyed the Thanksgiving series so much, I decided to continue with that kind of idea for Christmas. “Songs of Christmas” will be that effort. Each day we will take one of the great songs of Christmas, songs we enjoy singing and hearing this time of year.
Most of the songs will be spiritual in nature. For me, the birth of Christ is always in the forefront of the Christmas season. But, I also like to have some fun with my writing too so we will also have a few secular songs to talk about. Those will happen primarily on Saturdays as I usually try to do something different, sometimes even funny on Saturday while at the same time sticking with my original theme. I may mix in one or two others as we go as well. I will not use a secular song on Christmas Eve (happens to be a Saturday this year). Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are reserved for Jesus!
Because this music usually carries a spiritual message with it, I probably won’t include as much Scripture as normal but what I share may well have Scripture in it.
It is my hope in this series to share with you a story or two behind the hymns. If I am unable to share a story, perhaps it will be something you maybe don’t know about the music. These stories have fascinated me for years. I look forward to what I will learn new as we go along. I invite you to join me for the journey.
Have a blessed night and we will get started tomorrow morning (December 1st with “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.”
Joy and Peace,
This page will also serve as the index for this series. See below.
Part 1: O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Part 2: O Little Town of Bethlehem
Part 3: Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer
Part 4: There’s a Song in the Air
Part 5: I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
Part 6: I’ll Be Home for Christmas
Part 7: Go Tell it on the Mountain
Part 8: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Part 9: It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Part 10: Jingle Bells
Part 11: Joy to the World
Part 12: Mary Did You Know?
Part 13: What Child is This?
Part 14: O Come All Ye Faithful
Part 15: Away in a Manger
Part 16: White Christmas
Part 17: Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer
Part 18: Angels We Have Heard on High
Part 19: The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
Part 20: Do You Hear What I Hear?
Part 21: The First Noel
Part 22: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Part 23: Angels From the Realms of Glory
Part 24: O Holy Night
Part 25: Silent Night
Part 26: Carol of the Bells
Part 27: Sleigh Ride
Part 28: Winter Wonderland
Part 29: We Three Kings
Part 30: The Twelve Days of Christmas
Part 31: Auld Lang Syne
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