“It’s still Christmas!”
Grace and Peace to you my brothers and sisters in Christ, Amen.
Each year, after Thanksgiving, I will turn on the radio and I will hear quite a bit of Advent and Christmas music playing. Now whereas I have no problem with hearing Advent music leading up to Christmas, such as, “Oh, Come, Oh, Come, Emmanuel”, I always find it odd to hear Christmas music. I get mixed feelings because I love the music and would sing them throughout the year for they are beautiful music, but I can be such a purist and go full Scrooge and say, “Bah Humbug! It’s not Christmas yet”.
What makes this even more interesting is some stations will just outright stop playing Christmas music during the twelve days of Christmas. They do all this build up, but as soon as the Day of Our Lord’s birth comes and goes so does the Christmas music. Now not all stations do this, but I feel so sad for those stations that do end this special music. “Do they know it’s Christmas time at all?” Sometimes I wonder if they do, because they may play the Song, “Do they know it’s Christmas,” throughout the season of Advent, but during the season of Christmas they stop.
We are still in the season of Christmas, the first Sunday of Christmas, the 3rd day of Christmas to be exact. And next week will still be Christmas, the 10th day of Christmas. So I ask this, what does Christmas mean? Is it just the day we celebrate the birth of our Lord who came so that he would die on the cross for the sake of all our sins? What if I was to say we celebrate Christmas every Sunday? Every Sunday do we not worship Christ, do we not conduct a mass for Christ? Do we not, every Sunday conduct a Christ’s mass, a Christmas? We do, for Christmas is all about worshiping the Lord who has indeed come into this world as a light to guide the nations and provide the much needed grace in order for us to be saved and obtain this guarantee of God’s inheritance. Yet, Christmas, the celebration of our Lord’s coming, started with that first fateful day, the day that the Lord was born.
In our Gospel, to Simeon, the day that he finally laid eyes on the Lord’s Christ must have been a Christmas for him, for he was promised that he would not die until after he saw the Messiah. Christ is the ultimate gift for humanity, and for those who exchanges gifts during Christmas, he is also the source of the greatest exchange, our sins for His righteousness. Jesus is indeed the ultimate gift, gifted on Christmas day, and he is the ultimate gift which is eternal. He didn’t come and go. His mercy and grace didn’t come and go. He is here, today, and he will always be here now and forever more. He is truly the gift that keeps on giving.
So, when spring and summer comes around and I turn on the radio only to hear Christmas music, I will go into scrooge mode, “Bah Humbug, It’s not Christmas”, but to be honest, I will be secretly surprised and pleased for do we not celebrate the coming of our Lord, Christmas, every day?
So unlike those stations that stop playing Christmas music during the season of Christmas, let us continue our playing of the chimes. So once again, I ask for volunteers to help distribute one silver chime to each person, please start with the chimes with the stickers on the front. And if there are any left overs you may distribute the rest of the silver chimes. Those who were here last week noticed the new color coded stickers I applied to each chime. I ask that as the chimes are being passed around that you take note of the colors.
As a reminder, I would like to demonstrate how to use chimes. Now your turn, first all orange chimes. Now all red chimes. Now all blue chimes. One more time for each. Very Good.
In the night in which the King was born, there shone a light which engulfed the darkness and sin of our world, and behold on Mary’s lap was this sleeping babe, and in the sky singing angels. Now here I would ask you to sing a song that portrays the image I had just presented. But I am perplexed for I have two songs and will only choose one, so I need your help. Should we sing the much easier, “What Child is this?”, or the much more difficult, “O Holy Night”? For “What child is this?” please chime… For “O holy Night”, please chime. Let us play…
Yes, while the Christ child laid, in the sky angels proclaimed gloria’s and praise, for the lord has come. But what were some of their proclamations? Let us figure out by singing, “Hark the herald angels sing”.
And just like the angels who sing up above in praise we too here lift up our joyous song for earth has received her King. Let us sing, “Joy to the World”.
If you may recall, up to know we have ended each section with a “We wish you a Merry Christmas”, because Christmas was coming. Now that the day of Christmas has passed us should we still sing this song? Christmas has not passed us, we are still celebrating Christmas, today is Christmas and Christmas has 9 more days left. I say we wish each other a Merry Christmas for today and the rest of the Christmas season…
Thank you and Merry Christmas. I ask that you please leave your chimes in the pews, and after service I will collect and wipe down all our chimes.
Let us pray,
Dear Heavenly Father, we are forever grateful to you for through you a son was given; a son who is our King, our Savior, our Redeemer, our Advocate, and our Messiah. He is the gift that keeps on giving for he is still here, providing for us endless grace, mercy, and an abundance of love. In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, amen.