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Monday, October 7, 2013

What time is the right time for Christmas music?

To borrow a phrase from the Duck Dynasty guys, I am “Happy, happy, happy!” to listen to Christmas music year round. Yes, I am one of THOSE people. 

So I was pleased to see: “Syracuse Stations Flip to “Holly-FM” with 24/7 Christmas” 

“SYRACUSE — For the past several years, Central New Yorkers have come to expect all-Christmas music to hit the radio on November 1. This year, a new record — as of late Saturday night, October 5 — there are two FM frequencies where you can hear holiday hits around the clock. ”Holly-FM” is up and running at 95.3 in Syracuse, and 103.9 in Oswego.” 

For the life of me I can’t understand why some people complain about hearing a song about the birth of our Savior outside the month of December. My own children moan and groan if I happen to listen to “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” or “O’Holy Night” in July. (I can often be found watching a Christmas movie year round too.)  

Lyrics I think should be sung DAILY!
Hark! the herald angels sing, 
"Glory to the new-born King! 
Peace on earth, and mercy mild, 
God and sinners reconciled." 
Joyful, all ye nations, rise, 
Join the triumph of the skies; 
With th' angelic host proclaim, 
"Christ is born in Bethlehem." 
Hark! the herald angels sing, 
"Glory to the new-born King! 

Christ, by highest heaven adored: 
Christ, the everlasting Lord; 
Late in time behold him come, 
Offspring of the favoured one. 
Veiled in flesh, the Godhead see; 
Hail, th'incarnate Deity: 
Pleased, as man, with men to dwell, 
Jesus, our Emmanuel! 
Hark! the herald angels sing, 
"Glory to the new-born King! 

Hail! the heaven-born 
Prince of peace! 
Hail! the Son of Righteousness! 
Light and life to all he brings, 
Risen with healing in his wings 
Mild he lays his glory by, 
Born that man no more may die: 
Born to raise the son of earth, 
Born to give them second birth. 
Hark! the herald angels sing,
"Glory to the new-born King !"

Oh I get not wanting to hear “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” or “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer”, but a beautiful hymn singing about Jesus’ birth? Why not enjoy that year round? With all the crapola on the radio these days, I would think more Christians would embrace hymns about the birth of our Lord at any time.  No?

My eldest child tells me, we don't sing about Christ's birth in summer, any more than we sing Happy Birthday to someone six months before their birthday- because its not the time of His birthday.

To me, any song sung about our Lord can be sung at any time. 

What about you?  Do you get tired of Christmas music because it's played too soon?  

When exactly is the "right time" to begin listening to Christmas music?

 In Christ, 

 Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner 


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