SEE ALSO: Let’s Rethink Our Holly-Jolly Christmas Songs The Music of Christmas is unlike any other: from songs that clearly depict the birth of the Messiah (like Away in a Manger) to songs that really have nothing to do with Christmas (like Jingle Bells, Batman smells). It fills the airwaves, fills our hearts and fills our collective remembrances, often calling to mind the strong emotions of the season. “Jingle Bells, Batman smells” is fun to sing, but not really a Christmas song. If you love music, then Christmas really is the best time of the year. It is the one time of year when everyone involved enjoys tradition and singing old songs in a new way. We long to watch movies from 60 years ago, and we want to sing songs that have been around a long time, like Joy to the World, O Come All Ye Faithful, and Silent Night. We can package it in the modern, or strip it down to the basics, but the Music of Christmas remains universal. Why do artists keep recording Christmas albums? Because we keep wanting to hear them! At the heart of Christmas music are the Christmas carols. Songs like these have been sung for generations. It is still fun to sing about those who “go a wassailing among the leaves so green” and those demanding that we bring them some figgy pudding before they leave our property. But even more rewarding is to sing songs declaring the birth of the newborn King. So I encourage you to embrace the songs of this season when the story of Jesus is so out in the open and sing Joy to the World at the top of your lungs! Seriously. Because the birth of Jesus indeed gives us reason for great joy, and a reason to “Go tell it on the mountain that Jesus Christ is born!” SEE ALSO: Why “Once in Royal David’s City” is My Favorite Christmas Carol   Photo courtesy: Thinkstockphotos.com Publication date: December 15, 2016 SEE ALSO: The Birth of a Classic: Handel’s ‘Messiah’ This Post has been auto-gathered from Cross Walk Click HERE to follow Crosswork on Facebook]]>

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