My family loves Christmas songs.  We love them all.  We are just as likely to be singing ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ as ‘O Holy Night’.  I was meditating on the meaning of Christmas last week in preparation for preaching from Isaiah 52:13-53:12.  A thought struck me; the meaning of Christmas is often dictated to us by the songs we sing.  In this first post about the meaning of Christmas, I want to share with you the meaning of Christmas as determined by the popular, traditional songs.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year; it’s about snow falling so it is a white Christmas.  It’s about family; if the ones you love are not there, then it may be a blue Christmas, even though it is a white Christmas.  It’s about Silver Bells ringing or maybe it’s about Silver and Gold.  It’s about children snuggling in their beds dreaming of sugar plums, or hula hoops, or their two front-teeth.  It’s about the fire crackling, chestnuts roasting, and marshmallows toasting.  It’s about Rudolph and his red-nose pulling Santa to deliver presents to the nice kids.  And if those kids happen to wake up, they may be scarred for life because they may see mommy kissing Santa Claus!

Our Christmas songs on popular radio give us a great sense of the cultural traditions of Christmas, but they make a mess of the meaning of Christmas.

**Disclaimer:  I am not advocating the retreat and boycott of traditional Christmas songs.  Please continue to listen to these light and fun songs.  Know our culture so we can speak to our culture.