Okay, it’s time for me to come out of the closet.
I love Christmas.
For years, I’ve enjoyed being a curmudgeon, wearing my Grinch tie, cheering for Ebenezer Scrooge when he says, “If I could work my will, every idiot who goes about with ‘Merry Christmas’ on his lips, would be boiled in his own pudding. And buried with a stake of holly in his heart!”
But the truth is, I love Christmas. Not the commericialism, or the insane busy-ness of it, of course. Those things, I did and do despise. But I love the decorations, the family traditions, the get-togethers with friends. Every year, we read the Christmas story from Matthew and Luke. Every year, we watch “White Christmas” and “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “A Christmas Carol” (the 1984 George C. Scott made-for-TV version is my favorite). Every year, we marvel at the miracle of the King in the manger, and share candlelit communion, and give thanks that the Word became flesh.
And the music. The songs of Christmas may be my favorite part of the whole thing.
I have recently upgraded this blog, and I now have the ability to put music on here (and video, for that matter). So, in celebration of the season, at the bottom right of this page, you will find ten of my favorite Christmas songs, in no particular order. Some of them are sacred, some are not; some are traditional, others are new.
In my next column, I will tell the story behind my favorite Christmas carol, but meanwhile, from me to you, here’s some Christmas cheer.