Pastor’s Blog: Stardate 1161123.6
Christmas time is here.
My apologies for getting the song from a Charlie Brown Christmas stuck in your head, but it actually serves my point. Music is an integral part of the season that is upon us. I have very fond memories of Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” being played on the record player (Yes, I am that old) at both my parents’ and my grandparents’ house. It just doesn’t quite seem like Christmas without Bing’s dulcet tones.
However, there is a downside to all of the overabundance of Christmas music. Here it is, the day before Thanksgiving, and I have already heard Christmas Music in the stores, it can be heard on the radio, and many of us have broken out the Christmas CDs. The problem being, by the time we get to Christmas itself, we are too Jingle-Belled out to enjoy it, and the last thing we want to do is listen to more Christmas music the day after (let alone for eleven more days). We have the tendancy to be decked by Deck the Halls, to be frozen out by Frosty the Snowman, or want to throw away The Little Drummer Boy’s sticks (which is actually always my responce to the that particular song, but that is a story for another day).
We as litergical folks, however, have a way to combat the Blue Christmas feeling: Advent. Yes Advent, the period of time (four Sundays, in fact) before Christmas. During this time, we are supposed to be practicing waiting, watching, and praying for the coming of the Messiah once again. According to the litergical calander, the Christmas season doesn’t even begin until December 25th, and goes (through the Twelve Days of Christmas) to Epiphany.
So what do we do about it? should we hold off on Christmas Decorations (my wife will not be happy about that), or perhapse we should Grinch-like avoid any Christmas cheer? What I am going to try this year, is to hold off (at least a little) on the Christmas music (at least the music under my control), and listen to more Advent-minded music instead. I have created a Spotify Playlist just for this purpose, and you are welcom to give it a listen yourself. Will it leave me completely unspoiled for Christmas Music? probobly not; but it will be one way that I can practice patience, as I join with my brothers and sisters in praying, “Come, Lord Jesus.”
What will you do to practice Advent?