Thursday, December 6, 2012
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2012
I look forward to December every single year. I just can't help it. There is just something about that time of year that makes me so excited, almost as though I am a young child again. Maybe it's spending more time with my family and friends, or the cold weather, or seeing all of the Christmas lights and decorations all over town. But my most favorite thing about the season is the music.
Of course, I don't mean just ANY kind of holiday music. I have always preferred traditional Christmas carols and spiritual music to the more secular kind. (Honestly, if I never hear "Santa Baby" or "Feliz Navidad" again, I will be a happy person!) There is something about real Christmas carols that helps build up the excitement and anticipation of the Christmas season. I love lots of things about the music, including the melody and the harmony in the songs, but most of all I love the stories they tell.
From a very early age, Christmas carols are some of the first songs that we learn. Some of the first stories that we learn from the Bible are stories about the birth of Jesus, because we learn them through these carols. We learn many Bible stories through singing hymns as well. Singing is also how I personally learned the Lord's Prayer, the Apostles' Creed, and Psalm 23.
One of my favorite traditions at First Baptist is our annual caroling event when we go caroling to our homebound members. I love this event not only because I get to see church members that I don't see often enough, but also because of the joy it brings by singing these songs together. You can feel the excitement building in the room while we sing! It is truly one of the most joyful times for me throughout the church year. Everyone is excited, from young to old.
For me, the joy I feel when singing or listening to the music regarding the birth of Jesus is extended throughout the year, with a culmination of excitement in December when I share in these special events with our church family.
- Caroline Pritchard