If You Were a Christmas Carol…

My plan for this evening was to finish writing my Christmas cards but… that just ain’t happening so I might as well update my blog! Earlier this evening, I posted this status update on Facebook and quickly got loads of interesting responses:

Okay, quick survey / confession time: What is one “holiday” song you hate so much that you run to hit “skip” (or to turn down the volume) as soon as it starts? There are many I don’t care for but the one that is like nails on a chalkboard for me is “The Christmas Song” (i.e. Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…) GAH!!! Ironically, the song has nothing to do with Christmas (unless you think a reference to Santa counts). The song in its entirety isn’t so bad but the first two pitchy notes are enough to make me cringe/wince every time.

On that note, I thought it would be appropriate to share this little piece I wrote about a dozen years ago. The question is: “If You Were a Christmas Carol. . .Which One Would You Be?”

It may sound like a silly question but it’s not as bad as some of the personality quizzes we see online ad nauseum: “What Breed of Dog Are You?”, “Which TV Mom Are You?” or “What Car Matches Your Personality?”

Seriously, though, as you listen to the same carols over and over again this season, ask yourself which titles best describe your life. The following questions came to mind as I skimmed the titles of some traditional songs. You may or may not agree with my comments (and please note that I am not commenting on the lyrics of the songs—only the titles), but I hope you will at least pause to consider what message your life, your carol, sends out to those who are “listening.”

Away in a Manger — Is Jesus a far-away figure for you, just a little baby lying in a hay-filled manger?

What Child Is This? — Is Jesus unknown to you? Are you seeking Him?

Do You Hear What I Hear? — Are you so intently focused on what God is saying to you that you are eager for others to hear Him as well?

Come, Thou Long Expected JesusDo you desire to be close to Jesus? Do you express that to Him?

The Twelve Days of ChristmasIs Christmas something you focus on for only a couple of weeks and then forget about or do you celebrate and give thanks every day for God sending His Son?

O Christmas TreeAt Christmas, are you all caught up with decorations and trimmings? Are your priorities in order?

carolsSilent NightAre you able to be quiet and reflective of God’s gift or is your holiday full of noise and activity?

O Come, All Ye FaithfulDo you celebrate Christmas because it’s a tradition or because you truly believe in the One whose birth we celebrate? Are you one of His faithful?

Hark! the Herald Angels SingAre you ready to listen to the messages God is sending your way?

O Holy NightAt Christmas, are your celebrations holy and worshipful or do you use the occasion to participate in conversations and activities that do not honour the Lord?

How Great Our JoyDoes your relationship with Jesus fill your life with great joy?

Go Tell It On the MountainWhat’s the message you send out to people at Christmas? That you’re excited and stressed about all your festivities and preparations… or does everyone around you know that the birth and life of Jesus is the best gift you’ve ever received?

I love Christmas carols and usually start listening to them quite early in November. My prayer for each of us this year is that, just as these songs celebrate and share the Good News of Jesus’ birth, our lives would also be testimonies of God’s love and salvation.

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5 thoughts on “If You Were a Christmas Carol…

  1. bobharder Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 9:33 am Reply

    If I was a Christmas Carol I would be “Because It’s Christmas” by Barry Manilow. I actually like most of the secular songs out there but this one focuses on children. It starts with a teaser from “Unto us a son is given, Unto us a child is born” then morphs into a beautiful ballad.

    • Ann-Margret Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 11:18 am Reply

      Thanks for sharing, Bob!

  2. JesusTheTruthAndTheWay Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 4:03 pm Reply

    Good going, continue the good work, your text and articles are very inspiring. God Bless you from all of us at http://www.jesusthetruthandtheway.wordpress.com

    • Ann-Margret Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 4:14 pm Reply

      Thanks very much!

      • JesusTheTruthAndTheWay Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 4:24 pm

        Your welcome, god bless you,
        from all of us at JesusTheTruthAndTheWay

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