Don’t tell anyone, but I’m already listening to Christmas music! Yes, I know. Can you believe it? What’s happened to me? Have aliens stolen the real me and replaced me with an elf? It’s been no secret that I’ve struggled with Christmas music for a long time. Of course, it didn’t help that Dave liked to break Christmas music out around Halloween. Bill was good with 2 weeks before Christmas. Me? I was OK with not playing it at all.
But before you think I’m totally bah humbug, I feel it important to let you know a few things. First, my dad and my step-dad both died at the holidays, in the same year. My dad’s death left me with a huge sense of regret, and my step-dad’s death left me with a 4 year old who totally missed her Paps, and a mom who could barely get out of bed in her grief. Of course, I was hurting too. For years, I associated Christmas, to include Christmas music, with “making arrangements”. Additionally, growing up with a single mom it wasn’t always the “Norman Rockwell” Christmas’ that you see in the movies. Or the kind that I was absolutely positive everyone else was experiencing but me. But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to realize that the picture perfect Christmas, complete with the reading of the Christmas story, Christmas lights, Christmas trees, and endless Christmas cookies really is a rarity. I’ve also come to realize that the way I know Christmas is the only way I want to know it. I’ve established traditions with my family that I wouldn’t trade for the world. And with everything my family has experienced the past several months, you better believe I’m gonna enjoy every single second of this season!! Over the last several years, God has had mercy on my memory (the painful parts), and time truly does heal. I promise.
- My Soul Magnifies the Lord – Chris Tomlin
- Joy to the World – Chris Tomlin
- Glory in the Highest – Chris Tomlin
- O Holy Night – Chris Tomlin
- Winter Snow – Audrey Assad w/ Chris Tomlin
- The Night Before Christmas – Brandon Heath
- Born in Bethlehem – Third Day
- You’re Here – Francesca Battistelli
- How Many Kings – Downhere
- In the First Light – Todd Agnew
- Give this Christmas Away – Matthew West & Amy Grant
Of course one of my all time favorites is “Mary, Did You Know?”. I’m still waiting for someone to come out with a killer version. It’s not on my playlist presently, but I love Kenny Rogers and Wynonna’s version best…for now. Hint, hint, hint.
I’ll even confess one more thing to you…. I actually bought Christmas cards for the station this past Friday in Ocala. Truly, I did. I have witnesses.
I say all this to say….I can’t wait for Christmas this year!!! I’ll be spending half of my Christmas season in Peru delivering shoes and presents to the precious, precious children in orphanges there. I’ll be a mess, for sure! And then I’ll arrive back in time to spend the rest of the season with my family. The season that celebrates the birth of our Savior. The Savior that was born….to die. So that we may have life. Wow.