Save Your Christmas Music

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The other day, I was hanging out with a group of friends, painting sets for our schools drama club. Well, we were listening to a random shuffle of music on my friend’s ipod, when a Christmas song came on.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the Christmas season, the songs, the celebration of Christ, the presents, the family time, even the Starbuck’s drinks, but I am a firm believer that all those precious things should be saved for the Christmas season.  My definition of the Christmas season is Black Friday to December 29, anytime outside of that cannot be touched by the holiday.  Thus, when this Christmas song blasted from my friend’s ipod, all merry and cheer, I loudly requested that the song be changed.

At that point in this little drama, the group split into two factions, those who sing Christmas tunes all year long, and those who hold the Christmas season as the sacred bearer of carols.  I was part of the latter faction, and I have very good reasons as to why.

First, no other holiday gets as much hype as Christmas, its not really fair, especially for Thanksgiving, which was my favorite holiday for years, not just because of the food.  (Fun fact: the song “Sleigh Ride,” was originally written for Thanksgiving, but Christmas stole it.)  Christmas is great, we celebrate God coming to earth in flesh to save the world, but seriously?  Easter is better than Christmas, as it is the fulfillment of that Christmas joy and celebrates life anew.

Moreover, singing Christmas music in the off season is like eating pizza every night for a week straight, it gets old.  In my opinion, Christmas music and pizza are treats which should be saved for special times.  Overplaying such a treasure causes it to lose its value, it becomes more ordinary.

This is just my opinion, as much as I love Christmas, I do not want to overindulge in the joy of the season.  That makes the joy too ordinary, and I would rather keep it fresh every year.  Think me not a Scrooge, but instead a protector of Christmas spirit.

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A Time to Be Thankful

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What is the first word one might think of when he hears, “Thanksgiving?”  Turkey and sweetpotatoes?  Family gathering?  Men wearing funny black hats with buckles?  The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?  Whatever one might think, it probably has to do with his or her typical thanksgiving tradition.

Those who know the history of this day know that Thanksgiving was first a celebration of God’s provision.  The Pilgrims, who had come to America looking for freedom to practice Puritan Christianity, and met many hardships in the new land.  An Indian named Squanto showed them how to farm the land.  After a hard winter, the Pilgrims, or Puritans, wanted to celebrate the fact that their colony had survived.  Thus, they invited an Indian tribe to join them in feasting to celebrate God’s protection and provision.  Not until Lincoln was president did Thanksgiving become a national holiday.  From that time on, families have celebrated this day with food and tradition.  In the process of celebrating, have Americans forgotten what Thanksgiving is all about?

I hear people complaining about their lives all the time, whether directly or indirectly.  It gets tiring, especially since I live in the richest nation in the world, the United States of America.  It is especially annoying to hear Christians complaining, since they have the most to be thankful for!  I think God must be disappointed with us if we complain most of the time when he has given us so much.

This holiday, we should thank God for all he has given us.  If you don’t know where to start, look to the Constitution.  We have freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and many other rights, including freedom from tyranny.  This year, I made a list of things that I am thankful for, numbering each thing.  When I had finished, I saw over 120 things to be thankful for, and could still add more to the list.  This Thanksgiving, if you do not do it already, set aside time to thank God for all he has given you and your family, even if the list seems small.

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!”

-Psalm 100:4