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WHY DO WE SING "CHRISTMAS" SONGS ONLY IN DECEMBER?
Why Do We Sing Christmas Songs only at Christmas?
That is a good question. Why do we sing Christmas songs only in December? Or, rather, as we have seen earlier in this discussion, since the Bible does not speak of "Christmas" at all, why do we call these songs "Christmas songs" or "Christmas Carols?" Why not just call them "Songs about the birth of Jesus Christ?"
That may seem strange to most of us, since we have heard these songs referred to as "Christmas carols" and sung them only in December, or, perhaps, late November through December. But, hear me out.
Consider the Purpose of the Songs. `
What is the purpose of these songs? What are they about? Why do we sing them? They are about the birth of Christ. We have seen that we do not know when Jesus was born. The decision to identify December 25 was made two centuries after the birth of Jesus. Now, since we know nothing of when Jesus was born, and the holiday is from man and not from God, why confine the singing of the songs to one time of the year?
Consider the Importance of the birth of Jesus Christ `
Why is Jesus' birth important to us? We all understand from hearing and reading the Biblical account of Jesus birth, and its importance, as well as from the words of the songs themselves, that without Jesus coming into the world, we could have no hope of the forgiveness of our sins, or eternal life. There are many other blessings that we could not enjoy if he had not come, such as the answers to our prayers, and comfort from knowing that He is always there for us and this life with its sorrows is not all there is - there is a hope a better life in "an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens" (2 Cor 5:1).
Since these blessings, and others, are important to us 24/7, why confine the singing of the songs about His birth to four to six weeks out of the year?
It is this writer's hope that this article will help us all to understand better the truths of Jesus' birth as taught in God's Holy Word, not the traditions of men, and to realize how important His birth is to us all year long. Thus, it is our hope that we will seriously consider singing these songs throughout the year.
In conclusion, let us all, as we go about the activities of the secular observance of Christmas, not forget our Lord! It is the birth of Jesus, not His birthday, that is important. Remember, "Wise Men Still Seek Him". Let us not forget that, as we enjoy this time of year with our families and friends.
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