This is it! This is Christmas and the last day of the 25 Days of Christmas Songs!
Today I’m going to focus on a couple of songs that are about Christmas day as we know it. And before you get all judgement on me, make sure you read yesterday’s post. If that doesn’t suffice, let me know and I’m sure I can send you some sort of dissertation on the importance of keeping Christ in Christmas. 🙂
We all love Christmas. Well, most of us anyway. I know there are a few out there who don’t, and some of them actually have good reasons. Others just do it for the attention. If you have a good reason, I’m sorry for whatever happened to make you feel this way. Maybe someday you’ll feel differently.
For kids, probably the best part about Christmas is opening gifts. I don’t know about your kids, but my kids have been talking about it for days, if not weeks. For parents, I think the part of the fun of Christmas is anticipation, and driving your kids nuts with all the waiting and teasing. For others, the best part is family, and others it’s the food. We all have our reasons, and that’s what this song is about!
Our very last song in this series, is one that has been a favorite of mine for many, many years. Both because of the song and because of the voice. If you don’t love Bing Crosby’s voice, you might want to check and make sure you’re really a human. Do you have a heartbeat? Do you sleep at night? If you answered no to either of those questions, we need to talk.
White Christmas is the most popular Christmas song of all time. In every way possible, it is the quintessential song we love to hear and sing at Christmas. There is a great movie that goes with the song, and the song talks about something most people would love – Snow on Christmas. Crosby’s single recording of this song is the best selling single of all time. The song first aired on Crosby’s radio show in 1941, in may of 1942 he recorded the single in a whopping 18 min. Eat that Justin Bieber! (There’s a ton of history to this song, you should take a minute and read some of it!)
The song is full of memories of Christmas that we all love. It’s not just about snow, it’s about all the things that make Christmas what it is for us. The song does what a good song does, it takes you out of your present reality and transports you to a different time and place where you live for a few minutes.
One of the reasons I chose this song for today is not just because I want a white Christmas (the chances aren’t very good where we live). It’s because Christmas in our modern age is about memories as much as it is about anything. And every year, including this one, we have the chance to make new, fun-filled memories. Christmas is a gift. It’s not just a gift of this one day, it’s a gift you can give for years to come. All you have to do is enjoy it.
So, today, don’t let the stress kill you. Don’t get all flustered about the kids having a bad attitude or dinner not turning out the perfect way. Don’t get in a rush to get to grandma’s house and tick off all the people on the freeway doing the same thing. Just relax and enjoy the day.
And let this day be the start of a new tradition, enjoying every day. (Come back tomorrow for that post!)
(If you’d like to read the other days, you can do so by clicking here. Don’t forget I’m making a playlist in Spotify as we go through this series, you can subscribe to here.)