I know it’s Christmas time when I see ad after ad for Black Friday this and Cyber Monday that. My email is overrunning with deals and steals that can be bought now and used later. Oh and let’s not forget the list upon lists of Holiday Movie guides.
Are these our modern Christmas Traditions?
We haven’t forgotten to put up a tree and hang lights.
Do we remember why we decorate that way?
Our homes are overrun with Christmas Presents.
As we open (and often return) them, do we remember why we give to each other?
Oh we feast
And we feast as we reconnect with family and friends over this cold dark month of December. But I wonder if in all that feasting we spare more than a moment’s thought to the Babe in a Manger.
And What about Caroling?
Yet, in our Comfortable Christianity, we are losing this Christmas Tradition through sheer neglect.
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If we don’t take notice, our children will grow up in a world without Christmas Carols Y’all.
Honestly, I didn’t realize how close we are to losing it until a Caroling Outing this weekend.
Our local church has an amazing AWANA club that fosters scripture memorization and application. The leaders of this club take their job to heart and are always finding ways to get the children serving!
I love that in them and the way they foster that in our Student leaders! Y’all, the local church is where it’s at!
Are you part of a local church? Maybe you’ve been hurt by the church… after all, it is filled with people – and we all fall short. We hurt others in more ways than we realize.
I’d love to share the Pathway I found to truly forgiving the Pain, Abuse, and Betrayal that stole so many years of my life. I was stuck, unwilling to forgive. I had to learn to release people, so I could walk in freedom!
Oh, back to the point!
Our AWANA club serves by Caroling to our neighboring Nursing Home each year. It is the most beautiful experience to be a part of. These precious senior citizens are forgotten most of the year and you can tell when we walk in the door.
Their eyes light up and many are in tears as the children hand them cards and begin to sing. These sweet older children of God are so important. How have we forgotten them? – A topic for another day…
As I chose Carols I only included the easiest and simplest because the kids didn’t know many of them last year.
I even threw in Rudolph and Jingle Bells to be sure everyone had fun. You can Download it here!
This year as 30 or so children began to sing I was shocked. They really didn’t know the songs. Now don’t get me wrong, they belted out Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, but could only vaguely mumble the chorus of Silent Night.
Even many of the younger adults were struggling to remember the melody.
My heart was breaking on so many levels.
Has this Christmas Tradition – Christmas Caroling – lost its value in our Modern Worship Culture?
I’ve asked that question for years to many a Music Man from various cultures and denominations. I am surprised by the variety of answers and passions around this topic.
Why do we hold to any Traditions? It seems so many of them change through the ages or lose their real purpose… but I believe there is a valid place for Christmas Traditions.
Set aside the argument that Christ was not actually born in December.
Lay down the useless squabbling about pagan traditions and calendars and Ancient Rulers (we’ll talk about that later in December).
Why do we celebrate Christmas?
I truly believe the question of caroling has to start here.
We live in a fast-paced -easily distracted- society. Wisdom says we have to set aside a time to remember and re-set our priorities.
Christ should be the main priority of any Christian
At Christmas, we remember that Jesus the Christ stepped down from all His splendor and majesty in the Heavenly Real. He gave up everything to put on human flesh and blood. Jesus Christ – King of Kings and Prince of Peace – was born to us as the Savior of the World.
And so we set aside a time to remember. To stand in awe of His Amazing Love. We have traditions to point our focus back to Him.
Yet, we have a very real enemy of our Faith.
That sneaky snake would replace our traditions with convenience. He seeks to further distract us and entertain us into a numb ritualistic Christianity.
We get lost in the desire to conform and forget why we were doing most of these Christmas Traditions.
We have to Fight Back to Reclaim our Christmas Traditions Friends!
Music is a form of worship that touches us on a deep level. It crosses centuries and generations and connects us heart to heart.
Don’t get me wrong, I love modern worship music. Even Modern Christmas songs are beautiful and worshipful.
BUT… they are hard to sing acapella or with groups. Now, if you want to reword the older carols into Modern Language – go for it. But the words remain true and the powerful message has yet to lose it’s value!
How Do we ensure that our children know these Timeless Carols?
Sing them at home to teach carols.
- We have to teach our kids to value their faith – at home first. Because Y’all, the world is bombarding them with messages that our faith is old fashioned, intolerant and irrelevant to their generation.
Deuteronomy 6: 4-9 Hear, O Isereal! The Lord God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in yoru hosue and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. and You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. You shall write them on the doorposts of your hosue and on your gates.
Turn off the TV for a while and play a CD with Christmas Carols as you clean or cook.
- We learn by example. They know the cartoon songs because we let them watch them while we work. At least I do. I have to stop that and have them alongside me to seize those teachable moments.
Titus 2:3-5 Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.
– with some friends -to your local Senior Home and give back a gift that will make their year.
2 Timothy 2:2 The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.
- Invite the neighbors. Serve snacks and hot chocolate and sing together. We did this for a few years with the choir at church and it was amazing. And the Neighbors LOVED IT!
Y’all, don’t let this Christmas Tradition die. It is too important!
I’d love for you to comment and tell me your favorite Christmas Carol!