I have so many fond Christmas memories that it was a challenge to narrow that down to one specific thing. The sights and sounds associated with this time of the year are what really mean the most to me. Christmas carols and hymns set the atmosphere. If you think about it, during the Christmas holiday people are in a continuous state of praise and worship. We’re giving, treating people with warmth, volunteering our time to worthy causes and donating food, clothing and other items to organizations that help those deemed less fortunate. Just operating in what some people call the ‘Christmas spirit’ is really just being Christ-like.
I’m a word person. So whether a Christmas song has gospel, jazz or R&B rhythms, the lyrics of those songs inspire me. I have so many favorites that there are too many to name. Some fill me with joy, some make me laugh, other songs serve as a reminder of God’s love and yet other songs humble me as I think about the life-transforming power of our Savior. Still others serve as social commentary to remind me to treat people the way Jesus Christ desires.
Whether it is the Peanuts gang singing in ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’, The Temptations signing Silent Night, Whitney Houston and The Georgia Mass Choir singing Joy to the World, Donny Hathaway singing This Christmas or a performance of Handel’s Messiah, it warms my spirit. Many Christmas specials will bring people together who do not traditionally work in the same genre of music. Whether the artists sing Gospel, Jazz, R&B, Country, Pop, Blues, Rock or Hip-Hop, Christmas music, or rather Christ in the music, seems to bridge the gap with their respective fans.
Now it’s easy to get caught up in the material things associated with Christmas, but for me, the music brings me back to the purpose and plan for the celebration.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Veronica Fields Johnson is a freelance writer, trivia buff, game show enthusiast and avid reader. She is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University and is a member of the Visions in Print chapter of the American Christian Fiction Writers organization. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and two daughters and is currently working on her first novel.