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When Is It OK to Listen to Carols?

December 2, 2014

I have a confession to make: I started listening to carols before the end of November! Maybe not a big crime, but it seemed almost illegal… and I had just read an article where the author deplored that by the time Christmas Day rolls around, we’re already fed up with Christmas – what with shops selling mince pies in September and Christmas ads playing on TV as soon as Remembrance is over… which does suggest that I should have held back a bit before starting the Christmas season!

On the other hand, when you read this, the Advent season has well and truly started – the season of getting ready for Christmas. This concept goes back a long time (possibly as far back as the 5th century), and shows that the idea of preparing for something important isn’t wrong in itself; why shouldn’t we make sure we’re ready for the great celebration?

Traditionally, Christmas celebrations lasted for nearly a fortnight (the Twelve Days of Christmas); nowadays, we start early and once the actual festival is over, we move on to pastures new. Times and traditions change, and there’s not much we can do about it. Instead, let’s make the most of it!

Here in Milford on Sea, the Christmas season starts with Carols on the Green; if you’re in the area, make sure to be there to join the community in singing the praises of Immanuel – Jesus, God with us! And throughout this Advent, let’s celebrate God’s plan of salvation that brought the Messiah to earth and to the cross; let’s remind each other and everybody else that Jesus is the reason for the season (yes, I know, it’s an old slogan, but it’s still true); let’s enjoy the fact that our culture still allows us to put on a big show to proclaim that Christ is born in Bethlehem!


From → Christianity, Faith, Jesus

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