Written on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 by Dennis Marcellino
I have a special tradition every year at Christmas time. When I make out my Christmas cards and wrap presents I listen to a very special CD called “Christmas” by “The Singers Unlimited” and a Christmas CD that I have out called “The Spirit Of Christmas”. As I was listening to the Singers Unlimited CD today a very special feeling came over me … it is the same special feeling that I always get when listening to those CDs. But this time it hit me as to why that special feeling happens. It’s because I’m listening to RELIGIOUS carols. You don’t hear carols a lot anymore like when I was growing up in the fifties. Yet, at Christmas time in the fifties, they were the basic songs of TV, radio, stores … that we sang and played in the band at even public schools. But since then, the Christmas music first morphed into primarily snow and Santa type songs, and then into songs with a modern musical tone by modern bands and artists (which is devoid of the sacred feeling of carols).
Then I remembered that for many years I often reflected on what was the most special feeling in my heart from throughout my life. (I’m sure we each have one of those). I remembered that it was when I was in Catholic school in the 2nd and 3rd grades in the middle fifties and we had a large nativity scene in our courtyard. I would stare at that scene and get a VERY special feeling … of beauty and love. Perhaps it was a foretelling of how religion would eventually become the most special thing in my life. But what made it all the more special at the time was that the society in general was having the same experience. Now it’s different. How could anyone be so hard-hearted as to want to have nativity scenes legally banned? And religious carols are very rarely heard in stores or on TV or on the radio anymore. The true meaning of Christmas is no longer “mainstream”. Christmas has been hijacked by presents and sports and a secular feel. And there is even a subversive element that tries to eliminate it altogether from “mainstream” consciousness.
It’s too bad that young people don’t get to experience the greater amount of love that was in the public air and in the hearts of people in the fifties when Christmas was closer to its true meaning. Still, many people still say that Christmas is the most special time of year. I wonder if they realize just how much more special it could be, and how that special feeling is an invention and gift from God.
“The Spirit Of Christmas” can be heard and purchased at www.LighthouseBooksAndMusic.com
(1) The invisible made itself visible in human form.
(2) Jesus left us with teachings of the greatest wisdom ever.
(3) Jesus left supernatural proofs of His deity.
(4) Jesus’ work and sufferings made a way for us to go to a perfect Heaven.
(5) Jesus, along with the co-workers He inspired, who were eyewitnesses of His works, started churches to hand all of the above down to us.
(6) Jesus revealed many mysteries not previously known.
(7) Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit to show the meanings of His teachings and to guide and empower us towards perfection.
(8) Jesus loved and cared about us so much that He had the courage to endure how the authorities of this world responded to total, unwavering honesty and goodness and His work to get those messages out. And He now stands knocking at the door of every heart offering a great relationship and future.
(9) Jesus is the greatest of all leaders who have ever been because He sets and holds to such a high standard of good, has the power to back it up, and is someone we can follow and join in with His great plan (among all the lesser leaders and possibilities on Earth.)
(10) Because of Him there are many ongoing churches and organizations to plug into for holy fellowship, education, ministry and worship (among the lesser options on Earth).
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