Okay, okay, I know it’s not Christmas. It’s not even that close to Christmas. It’s nearly as far away from Christmas as you could get.
But the fact that I love Christmas and Christmas music hasn’t diminished simply because the calendar hasn’t reached it yet.
I can have incredibly in-depth conversation about why Christmas is my favourite time of year, with another person telling me why they dislike it or can’t get into it. I personally don’t appreciate all the gross looking Santa’s and fake reindeer all over the shop, but despite these failings, Christmas remains to be my favourite time of year.
1/ Jesus was born.
This is at the top of the list because it is the most important factor. Without Jesus we wouldn’t have Christmas. We celebrate his birth! The fact that God, all power and amazing and big and miracle-working and loving came down as a human. God came down to our level. Wrap your minds around that, campers. The biggest thing out of everything decided to become one of us. Because of love. I still can’t fathom it half the time.
I like that at Christmas time there are holidays and that holidays mean more family time because family has more time. I like that we hang out more and that we’re more relaxed and we can play cards and chat and drink cups of tea together and invite people to stay the night even though they’ve moved out.
As previously stated, I dislike Santa’s and cheesy gross things. But I do love decorating the Christmas tree and hanging bunting up above the fireplace and while all this happens we listen to Christmas music. Ah look, Christmas music is the next point…
4/ Christmas music
Campers, I can’t put into words how much I love Christmas music. Not the gross Christmas music, like “Last Christmas I gave you my heart, the very next day you gave it away…” (although there is a place for this kind of music, even I must admit I like cheesy Christmas love songs. Can anyone get passed Mariah Carey singing “All I Want for Christmas is You”? Didn’t think so.) but there are two albums in particular I love. The Christmas albums of Jars of Clay and Casting Crowns. Mostly the Jars of Clay Christmas album. It’s so good! They’re a Christian band, so most of the lyrics are meaningful. There are a few sneaky songs in there not relating to Christ, but that’s cool bro, Christmas music is Christmas music. Christmas music is just the best. There’s a kind of rule in my house, though I don’t want to call it a rule, but you only really listen to Christmas music at Christmastime. I feel like this is universal, mostly. So when Christmas comes nearer and the Christmas albums come out, it truly feels like Christmas and it’s so exciting.
I think it’s the atmosphere thing. The Christmas music reminds me of Jesus and family time and holidays and me being happy. Christmas is a happy time. Christmas means I’m happy. So how can I not like the thought of Christmas when this is the precedent?
Have a good night campers.
(I wrote a post about Christmas music because one came on while I was shuffling my iPod, and I changed it but there was a snippet of excitement from me. Like when I see we’re having eggs for lunch; I just get so excited because I seriously love egg. Words cannot explain my love for eggs. If I could live on egg, I would. I legitimately would, campers.)