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WHY DO WE SING "CHRISTMAS" SONGS ONLY IN DECEMBER?

December 23, 2018

L. John Bost
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Introduction

At this time of year, many of us sing Christmas Carols. These are songs sung proclaiming the birth of Jesus Christ and its importance and meaning for all men. The word, carol, is not found in the Bible, but, Webster lists "hymn, psalm, spiritual" as synonyms. These words are found often in both the Old and New Testaments (Ex., the book of Psalms; Eph. 5:19 Col. 3:16).
Most of the carols are good, sound, songs of praise, and proclamation of the birth of our savior. Let us have a look at some of these and then the question that forms the title of this article.

A Review of the Carols

"Away in a Manger"
A favorite among carolers is "Away in a manger." This is a beautiful song referring to the fact that newborn Jesus was laid in a manger because "no room for them in the inn" (Luke 2:7).
While there is no reference in the scriptures to the events described in the second and third stanzas, they are logical assumptions considering the location of the baby's unique cradle, they are fine to sing.
The final three stanzas are a beautiful prayer asking Jesus for his care. They are an excellent statement for the reason for Jesus' birth and life - to bring the world to salvation in Him and to the care that He can bring to those who live for Him.
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