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Well hey everyone! I know you've probably heard this a million times already today, but I would just like to wish you a merry Christmas! With the OFFICIAL release of Winter Night, I would like to just give you a little description of what this song is saying.
I've realized how much of an impact music is on the Christmas season. I remember back in October (after our first snowfall) when I heard the first Christmas song of the year ring out. It's always the first thing we seem to pull off the shelf to start the holiday season. Whether it's some classic Crosby or the new BublÃ©, we all love us some Christmas music.
Following the Christmas tunes comes the lights, trees, and presents. Let the good times roll.
Every year, once the scent of the Christmas season hits, people start saying, "Merry Christmas! Remember the true reason for the season!" I think we've all heard it about a million times in our lives, Christmas is about baby Jesus. We hear it so much, but somehow, it still gets lost. We have so many other things to celebrate, family, friends, food, presents, vacation from school, we don't really want to give credit to the One who Christmas is really about.
Sure, Christmas is a happy time and should be celebrated as such. But Christmas shouldn't be just another holiday that we celebrate every year. It's so much moreâ¦
Think about this for a secondâ¦I mean REALLY think about it. Christmas is a time to celebrate God, the creator of the heavens, the earth, and everything in between, entering into our world so that He could bring us to Him. Jesus left His place in heaven to come down to our level. I think Chris Rice says it best in his song, Welcome to our World: "So wrap our injured flesh around You. Breathe our air and walk our sod. Rob our sins and make us holy, perfect son of God. Welcome to our world."
You see, Christmas is the beginning of a story. A story that has not ended. The first night Christ spent on this earth, He slept in a dirty feeding trough housed inside a poppy stable. It wasn't like the nativity scenes we set up around our house today with the sheep and donkeys all sitting around a glowing manger. The place probably smelled awful. Some thirty years later, Jesus allowed himself to be attached to a cross after being beaten, spit on, and ridiculed for close to two hours. He suffered one of the most gruesome deaths ever conceived by mankind. They nailed His broken body to a cross and left Him to die.
He did it for you.
Throughout this season, I hope and pray that Winter Night brings that to your mind. I'm not a Scrooge, I hope everyone celebrates the happiness of Christmas, I know I sure will be! But I hope you remember WHY this is such a happy part of the year. We celebrate a day that was born to us a baby. But not just any baby. No, this is Christ, the Lord.
Merry Christmas everyone, from the bottom of my heart!