Christmas 2015 is almost here and everywhere you there is a certain anticipation in the air where Christians around the world prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. A highly distinctive brand of music accompanies this season: Christmas Music. Many of the traditional Christmas carols and hymns tell the story of Mary, Jesus, and Joseph rather well. But there is a reverence and awe in the lyrics and a majesty to the music that is unique from every other musical genre known to man. I identify this secret sauce as an “attitude of worship & praise.” Hence, my assertion that Christmas music is the original form of worship & praise.
Consider songs like “Angels We Have Heard On High” with its soaring “Gloria in Excelsis Deo” chorus, which is Latin for “Glory to God in the highest.” This a direct quote from Luke 2:14 of what the Angels sang to the Shepherds in the announcement of the birth of Jesus and is a great example of worship music… to ascribe glory to God. Handel’s Hallelujah chorus from his epic work “The Messiah” is another example of this attitude of worship found in Christmas music.Go ahead, remember your favorite Christmas carol or hymn in your mind. Isn’t there some part of the lyric or music that ushers in the Spirit of Christmas and has you experiencing a feeling of love and adoration? That is what happens when God’s presence inhabits the praises of His people in pure worship does.
At SnTRadio.com (spirit and truth) we offer a vast collection of Christmas music that promotes “worship in spirit and in truth” 24/7 for the 12 Days leading up to and including Christmas Day. Like all the music played on SnTRadio.com, this year’s Christmas collection has relevant music from the Jesus Movement up to today is featured. So there is quite a mix of favorites that have withstood the test of time combined with newer songs from artists like Chris Tomlin, Joshua Mills, Justin Rizzo, Jean Watson, and John Schlitt.
There are only a few days left to hear this worship-filled blend of traditional and contemporary Christmas music. Enjoy! It’s our gift from our family to yours.