Christmas is filled with cheerful melodies and wistful songs. By mid-November, these tunes flood the radio airways and the shopping malls. By the time Christmas day is actually here, those same joyful tunes are driving us up the wall, and we desperately hope that we don’t have to hear them again for another year.
We already know that “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” because he’s charged the whole trip on our credit card. Entire days have been spent making sure that the halls have been “decked” and it sure wasn’t a “fa-la-la-la” good time. It is sad but true that when Christmas day finally arrives, we find ourselves out of joy, out of time, out of money, and out of patience.
This year may the carols we sing bring happiness to our hearts because they were orchestrated by the giggles of children, metered by the rhythmic front-door knock of a family member, and sung with the “hello” of a cherished friend. This is the song of Christmas: the simple things that remind us what life is about – family, friends, memories, and most of all Jesus.