If you are like me and most everyone else, you’ve been decking the halls with falalalala and making your space look Christmassy. Unless you are one of the pre Thanksgiving deckers…and I don’t judge you…bring it on whenever the spirit hits you!
It fascinates me that even the lowliest little shop does something to say ‘We are celebrating here,’ even if it is just a commercial ploy to get your gift dollars. Again…no judgement. Because honestly, I love seeing the world acknowledge the birth of Jesus, even when they don’t make the connection, because I do!
Picture This moments for Christmas will come from the songs of Christmas…pictures of words, a.k.a. word pictures. And this particular song is one of my favorites because, like digging in the attic for the decorations and choosing the perfect tree, it sort of kicks off the season for me, reminding me of my childhood and walking down the streets of Atlanta with my parents and gazing in the magnificent windows of the big Rich’s store. The windows were filled with animated carolers and Santa’s workshop and other glorious things to fill a child’s imagination. But my favorite window was the one with giant (to me as a child) gold bells pealing out the sounds of the season. Which brings me to the song!
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Soon the bells will start.
And the thing that will make them ring is the carol that you sing right within your heart.
Whether you go all out with lights and a tree in each room and a snow village and live reindeer in the yard, or you keep a simpler Christmas in a lower key, remember the words of this sweet song. What happens in your heart is what makes Christmas Christmas.
Want to know how to get that carol going that will make your heart ring? Try this direction from Psalm 96: Oh sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth! Sing to the Lord, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day. Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous works among all the peoples! …
There’s a Gift to celebrate and the Gift is for you. Keep your heart singing this week!