The non-Christmas songs
STREETLIFE - Nigel Paul Villarete (The Freeman) - October 13, 2020 - 12:00am

On our bi-monthly Zoom get-together, my high school classmates commented about how early the Christmas has come this year, despite the pandemic.  As quarantine restrictions eased up, malls were scampering putting up trimmings for the holidays.  Maybe it is a way to encourage more spending to make up for the closure losses.  Maybe, it is also a way to brighten up after such a long lonesome isolation.  But Christmas is here.  And with it comes the blaring of Christmas songs, carols and music.  We have that ever since we were young, and there are hundreds more that are new and will be made.  Christmas is a business, and there is no better enticement than music.  Most of us memorized all the old Christmas carols and are familiar with the contemporary ones.  But have we ever associated the songs we sing with the heavenly event we celebrate?

I tried searching for the top Christmas songs on various categories on the internet and got a very disappointing surprise – majority of the most popular Christmas songs were not about, or did not even mention, the birth of Jesus Christ at all.  And this is for all genres except one – Christian hymns, where it is the opposite – the music and the words talk of Jesus and his birth, it’s meaning, and/or the circumstances that surrounds that event 2 thousand years ago.  The rest talk about other things, very remotely associated with the birth of Christ, if at all.  Most of them do not even speak of Jesus.

Then I realize the Christmas songs of today simply reflect the way we look at Christmas itself.  Oh sure, everybody knows and believes Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus, we have had hundreds of years of history doing that.  It is strange, though that the apostles and disciples of Jesus did not, and nor did the early church, from the time the faith spread all over the Greek and Roman empires.  It was only after the 3rd century when Christmas started to be celebrated, but for a variety of reasons other than Christ.

Today, it has become so secular it’s already became one of the biggest businesses of the year, and all the monetary lavishness associated with it, including bonuses and gifts, mostly to one another and not to God,  And the songs we sing we do not to Christ but about other things under the sun.  We even sing about a while Christmas, and snow and snowmen, when clearly Jesus was born, not on a winter, if you have read the Bible.  Then there are songs about bells, chestnuts, imaginary mythical reindeers, a non-existent fat man in red, sleighs, a lot of other things without any relation to the Savior.

For believers of Jesus, the birth of Jesus is one of the holiest events on earth.  We may not know which day it happened in our existing calendar system, but we can celebrate it in truth for what it means.  So, the next time you listen to, or sing, a Christmas melody, choose the one with meaning and sing it as a praise and a prayer to God.

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