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Christmas Songs and Christian Radio - from December 19, 2002 Commentaries

I've grown to depend on Christian Radio, that is, Christian radio stations with music formats. The songs, both old standards and contemporary, keep me focused on the solution. No matter what the situation is, I depend on Christian music containing the Word of God to keep me centered on what really matters. I find myself humming catchy tunes and singing Scriptural lyrics I've never consciously learned. Meditating on the wisdom of the Word happens so naturally as I listen and begin to mouth the strengthening words.

But each year there is this . . Christmas Season, celebrating snow, jingling bells, a jolly man in a red suit and reindeer. I’m told it is the strongest commercial time of the year accounting for more than 60% of annual sales. Practically all commercial ventures participate in the Christmas season--some choosing the moniker Holiday Season to avoid offense. Schools and churches have Holiday Season pageants, nightclubs and restaurants have Holiday Season entertainment, Realtors and health clubs hold Holiday Season open houses, dentists offer special Holiday Season cleanings and free examinations. Any business that has not found a way to tie a promotional to this season of giving just has not made an effort.

The sad thing is that Christian Radio has followed the lead of commerce and now regales us each Christmas season with such old standards as Dreaming of a White Christmas, The Christmas Song, The Twelve Days of Christmas, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and other such light and cheerful songs of little substance. 

What I really dislike about Christmas songs on Christian Radio is that too often I find myself singing such nonsense as the lyrics to the Christmas Song,  "A turkey and some mistletoe, help to make the season bright." But the tune is catchy, and despite my disdain for such recognized gibberish, I find myself again and again singing the lyrics and humming the melody. The only way to avoid such beguiling confessions is to avoid Christian Radio during the entire Holiday Season. 

How I wish Christian Radio (and Christians as a Believing group) would simply ignore the Christmas season and continue to be who we are called to be and witness such to the world?                           

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