“It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” Is it really?
It’s What The Song Says
Do you know Edward Pola or George Wyle? Probably not? But you know a song they wrote,
“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”
They published their song in 1963, and that same year Andy Williams recorded it on his Christmas album, cleverly entitled, “The Andy Williams Christmas Album.”
Some Of The Lyrics:
“With the kids jingle belling and everyone telling you be of good cheer.”
“It’s the hap-happiest season of all, with those holiday greetings and gay happy meetings when friends come to call.”
“There’ll be parties for hosting, marshmallows for toasting, and caroling out in the snow. It’s the most wonderful time of the year.”
A Wistful Carol?
It describes the Christmas I always want but never have. It mentions parties, friends dropping by, and gay happy meetings. And don’t forget the marshmallows and caroling. Sounds wonderful. It should, it’s the most wonderful time of the year!
Truthfully, Christmas isn’t like that for me. It’s often rushed, harried, and stressful. There are deadlines to meet and too many events to attend. The kids aren’t jingle belling, nobody’s dropping by and there’s no snow for caroling.
Am I A Scrooge?
Nope, I love Christmas. It just can’t live up to the hype. The song portrays an experience beyond my reach. For me, the beauty of Christmas is found elsewhere.
It’s found in the birth of Christ. My Christmas is a blend of the bible story and our personal traditions.
During the year, I’m all about his death, burial, and resurrection. But in the holiday season, I’m all about his birth. I lift him up, high and exalted, for coming to our world.
“I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a savior has been born to you, he is Christ the Lord.”
I live in Houston, so I probably won’t be caroling in the snow. However, I will be celebrating and thinking how the universe must have shivered in awe as God came near in the infant King.
Over the next twelve days, I’ll blog the Christmas story, beginning with his childhood and moving back to the night of his birth.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year!