One of my favorite things about Christmas is the music. Those that know me will know this is no revelation. I’m even guilty of listening to Christmas music before it’s officially acceptable. Well this year I had decided that I wasn’t going to listen to any Christmas music until right before “the day” as I didn’t want to make myself homesick. One night at dinner last week I made the comment to Steve (Trooper). He said that he had felt the same way but had started listening anyway. He said it made him feel so much better and didn’t make him feel homesick. I decided to test his theory.
Well he’s right. Yes it’s hard not to be home this year but the music has not made me homesick in the least. On the contrary it has had a great uplifting effect. Since I don’t have to worry about the commercial side this year, other than standing in line for over an hour waiting to mail boxes home last week, I’ve been able to really think about what the season is all about. I mean, isn’t the birth of the Savior the real reason for the season?
You’ll probably hear this from me again before Christmas day, but as we drive back and forth to various places, I’ll see the shepherds with their flocks. While there are no fields per se, the scene still reminds of another group of shepherds with their flocks out by night. It’s made me think of what it must have been like for Joseph and Mary traveling by donkey (we see them as well) to Bethlehem. And those images help me remember what we’re really celebrating. And that helps me not to dwell on my own issues for very long.
So I hope that as you listen to your Christmas music you’ll let the message of the music remind you of what we’re really celebrating, the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ.