One of the women in the Bible Study I facilitate recently dropped a bomb on me. With a slight shrug of one shoulder she said, “I hate Christmas music.” Then like a psycho, she just sat there waiting for me to respond.
I’d like to say I was kind and understanding with a grace-filled response. Instead. Instead, I’m sure I was slack-jawed and bug-eyed when I nearly screeched, “Are you kidding me right now?!?!?!” I knew that there were non-Christmas-music-listening people; however, I did not know they existed within my circle of friends!
Maybe I’m the psycho one, but I have no problem listening to Christmas music year-round. In fact, I have a “go-to” Christmas station pre-programed on Pandora.
For me, there is something soul-stirring about Christmas music. Not gimmicky-secular Christmas music (although there is a place for that on my play-list too). I’m talking about the soul-stirring Christmas music that reminds of Christ’s birth, of angels singing, of wise men traveling, of God’s purpose in sending his Son, and of the ultimate gift we are given by our Heavenly Father. Those types of Christmas songs truly speak to my heart.
And I sing them anytime that the mood strikes me…even if it’s nowhere near December.
In addition to studying the Word and having a healthy prayer life, I would contend that worship of God through music is one of the most effective means to build our personal relationships with Christ. It’s an act of obedience and one that we will continue once we’re in heaven (for just one Biblical example, see Revelation Chapters 4 & 5 to see how we’ll be worshiping there).
In regards to Christmas music, it helps me remember who I am exalting and the reasons for wanting to participate in the act of worship. For me, it’s especially impactful at Christmas so that I stay centered on my Christian walk, when society could easily distract me towards the non-essential trappings of the holiday season.
That may not be true for everyone. Maybe the Contemporary Christian Music does it, or Grandma’s favorite hymn, or maybe just reading Psalms with classical music in the background is what helps you focus.
The amazing thing about soul-stirring music that exalts Jesus, is that it doesn’t have to be Christmas music. Therefore, my sweet friend who despises Christmas music can worship just as effectively with other songs and hymns.
We can both show excitement for singing at Christmas…without either of us being psycho!
“Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving. Sing praises to our God on the lyre.” Psalm 147:7 (NASB)