Celebrate Christmas With Every Note You Hear
There’s a song in the air. Christmas is a special time of music. The old familiar carols play. Some of us can’t wait for Thanksgiving to be over so we can play Christmas music. Others don’t wait and begin playing as soon as possible, literally. Whatever your background is to Christmas music there’s one thing that’s true. The little baby lying in a manger is the King of the universe. The King of the universe needs to be celebrated and celebrated well. Do you have a favorite? For many it is one of the great anthems of Christmastime that wasn’t written as a Christmas Carol. It was based on Psalm 98. None other than Isaac Watts penned the prose anticipating the future reign of Christ. Richard Donovan tells us about the music of the song. “This hymn was sung to various tunes for many years. Then in 1839, Lowell Mason, a banker who happened to be quite interested in church music, published the tune that we now associate with “Joy to the World.” Mason borrowed liberally from classical music and acknowledged his debt to Handel’s “Messiah” for parts of this hymn tune”.
Is Joy to the World one of your favorites?
Joy to the world, the Lord is come;
Let earth receive her King!
Let every heart prepare him room And heaven and nature sing!
And heaven and nature sing!
And heaven . . . and heaven . . . and nature sing.
Joy to the earth, the Savior reigns!
Let men their songs employ
While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains,
Repeat the sounding joy! Repeat the sounding joy!
Repeat . . . repeat . . . the sounding joy!
Something about Christmas music also takes us back to earlier years. The fond memories attached to a Christmas Carol at a precise moment in your personal history forever blazons that carol on your heart mind and soul. Or sometimes it’s just the music itself. For me when I hear, Silent Night, it reminds me of my mom playing on an accordion. Her trusty accordion would only come out pretty much at Christmas time. My grandfather needed help getting the family to sing. The accordion was drafted for this job every year.
I could go on and on about almost every classic Christmas song, however, the best part is that they all bring me to worship. Each song brings a facet of brilliance to the newborn King, each alleluia a scintillating offering of praise to the breakthrough of Peace on earth. Enjoy this season! Layer in another year of memories of joy to savor just as the angels have for centuries.