Usually right after Thanksgiving, Christian radio stations (and secular ones) start playing Christmas music for most of the day. I don’t listen to the radio when I drive into town (why else would one get an iPod Classic?), but when I ride with someone else in my family, we hear a Christian station and a lot of Christmas music.
I’m a pretty big fan of Christmas songs. I love “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”, “Little Drummer Boy”, “Silent Night”, “Oh Holy Night”, “Do You Hear What I Hear?” etc. I don’t mind others and enjoy the tunes of many of them.
However, recently, I noticed something in a lot of Christmas songs: they aren’t about Christ, they are about Christmas. The above songs I listed focus on Christ, but not some of the others.
For instance, “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” (sometimes called, “The Christmas Song”) has absolutely nothing to do with Christ. It was written by a man in the middle of summer so he could forget how hot it was outside. Yet, this song is played on every Christian station I have heard.
“Jingle Bells” doesn’t even mention Christmas and is all about winter, having fun with friends and going out with girls (at least, the original song is). Yet, where do we hear it played?
“Winter Wonderland”, which is constantly played on Christian stations, once again does not mention Christmas, Christ or anything having to do with Him. As the name suggests, it is all about winter and having fun, but doesn’t mention anything about Christ. But it is still played on Christian stations.
Do I even have to argue towards the exclusion of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, “Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!”, “Frosty the Snowman”, etc.?
Christmas is not a time for complacency. It is a time when we, as Christians, need to be bold for Christ! If we want to have the “Christmas spirit” then let us listen to and sing true Christ(mas) songs!