Gabriel's Horn, Pastor George Weaver, December, 2016

posted Dec 1, 2016, 8:45 AM by Lois Kerchner

A MOST WONDERFUL SEASON

 

This is the season when the air waves become flooded with “Christmas Music,” songs and tunes of all descriptions. One of those songs, originally popularized by crooner, Andy Williams, says, “It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” I can go along with those sentiments, but not so much for the reasons suggested in the lyrics of this popular secular song.

 

The song starts off: “It's the most wonderful time of the year with the kids jingle-belling and everyone telling you be of good cheer. It's the most wonderful time of the year.”

Next we hear: “It's the hap-happiest season of all, with those holiday greetings and gay happy meetings when friends come to call. It's the hap-happiest season of all.”

 

According to this song, it's the “hap-happiest and most wonderful time of the year” because: “There'll be much mistletoe-ing and hearts will be glowing when loved ones are near.” And furthermore: “There'll be parties for hosting, marshmallows for toasting and caroling out in the snow. There'll be scary ghost stories and tales of the glories of Christmases long, long ago.”

 

And that's what Christmas is about according to the message of this popular song of the season. I suppose there may be a smidgeon of substance here in these lyrics, but certainly there is more to this “Wonderful Season” than the words of this song suggests. If we agree that the celebration of Christmas is not just a wonderful season, but “The most wonderful season of all,” then what real reasons might there be for suggesting this to be so?

 

The problem with most of these secular songs of the holiday season is that they leave out altogether or merely hint at the religious significance of the message of Advent and Christmas. There's usually not much there about a “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

 

So how do we avoid forgetting the real meaning of the season and not waiting until Christmas Eve to begin to become immersed in this “Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” I have come to appreciate Christmas as a wonderful celebration, perhaps even the most wonderful season of all, but it is much more than red nosed reindeer, frosty snowmen, and jingle bell rock.

 

There is another song called “The Real Meaning of Christmas” written by Joseph Pace that gets much closer to the heart of the season and starts off like this: “Tell me what Christmas means to you, how many gifts will you go through; well it really doesn't matter if the gift is great or small, without Christ, there's no Christmas at all.”

 

Chorus:

The real meaning of Christmas ain't about mistletoe.

The real meaning of Christmas ain't about dashing through the snow.  

The real meaning of Christmas ain't found in a toy.

The real meaning of Christmas is Mary's baby boy, is Mary's baby boy.

 

Without Mary's baby boy it isn't really Christmas; have a blessed Advent & Christmas Season.                                                   

       Pastor George Weaver
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