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WHY DO WE SING "CHRISTMAS" SONGS ONLY IN DECEMBER?
This is another beautiful song that proclaims the joy that the world can and should experience because the Savior was born. When the Savior was born, an angel appeared to shepherds who were "keeping watch over their flock by night" (Luke 2:8). The angels declared, "Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people" (Luke 2:10). According to Matthew 2:1-10, Wise men saw a star in the East and followed it to Bethlehem. When the star stood over the place where the child was, "When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy" (Matt 2:10).
The second line of the song, declares, "Let earth receive her king". The wise men followed the star believing that it would take them to "he that is born King of the Jews" (Matt 2:2). Isaiah had prophesied in Isaiah 9:6-7:
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder...Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever.
Jesus is our Savior and King. That should put joy in all of our hearts.
"Mary's Boy Child"
This is a song written by Jester Hairston and made popular by Harry Belafonte. It is a beautiful song depicting primarily the birth of Jesus, the boy child, to Mary and events surrounding His birth. The first stanza reads:
Long time ago in Bethlehem So the Holy Bible say Mary's boy child, Jesus Christ Was born on Christmas day
But, does the Holy Bible actually say Jesus Christ was born on Christmas day? The Bible does not say when Jesus was born. Nor does it give any example of Christians celebrating His birthday. According to Encyclopedia Britannica, "The English term Christmas (“mass on Christ’s day”) is of fairly recent origin."
Later, in the article, author, Hans J. Hillerbrand, writes:
The actual observance of the day of Jesus’ birth was long in coming. In particular, during the first two centuries of Christianity there was strong opposition to recognizing birthdays of martyrs or, for that matter, of Jesus.
The precise origin of assigning December 25 as the birth date of Jesus is unclear. The New Testament provides no clues in this regard. December 25 was first identified as the date of Jesus’ birth by Sextus Julius Africanus in 221 and later became the universally accepted date.
The article gives various theories as to how the date of December 25 became the accepted date of the birthday of Jesus.
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