What can you say about Christmas that hasn’t been said?
It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
It celebrates the greatest gift in the history of mankind.
It’s a time for family and friends and lots of food…
Everyone has an idea of what Christmas looks like, smells like, feels like. Most also know how difficult it can be to safeguard against commercialism.
Most want and desire to experience and share the holiday with reverence and joy over the birth of a king.
Along the way, though, we get busy. Between work and church and plays and parties and family, Christmas can come and go in such a flurry that the divine is diminished, if not omitted entirely.
Perhaps this is why God gave us music. Christmas songs have become symbolic of the birth of our Lord and the joy of that gift.
As we stand side-by-side singing together the familiar words of “Silent Night” or “The First Noel” we see, perhaps, a glimpse of what heaven will be—a family, honoring our Father and celebrating His love.
This Christmas, as the flurry of the holidays begins, perhaps you can find a respite, a smile, a celebration within one of the many new Christmas albums that have been released this year. CCM sat down with for King & Country, Sidewalk Prophets, Paul Baloche and others to hear the heart behind their holiday offerings.
Press pause on your Holiday to-do and enjoy the read, enjoy the songs and let every moment of this season fill your heart with joy, in knowing that you are the recipient of the greatest gift ever given.
“The past few years every time Christmas would come around, I would go through the process of planning the Christmas services at my church, and in the back of my mind I was wishing there was something I could pull from that would incorporate the carols and worship,” says Paul Baloche. “That’s always been a puzzle as the worship pastor. And I thought, ‘Why can’t we do both?’
“The carols don’t need any help,” says Paul. “They stand on their own. Originally, they were intended to be sung and heard in the context of worship. Re-introducing them in that context forces us to re-engage, re-awaken the intent of the writer and re-appreciate that intent.”
4 King & Country
Into the Silent Night
Tried and True
We’re dealing with the greatest, tried and true that we’ll ever listen to. They will be much better than we write. We wanted to keep it all relatively true. There’s something incredibly powerful about singing the truths of who Christ is. You’re just talking about the things that we know to be inherently true. There’s something powerful to be able to reflect back on some of these truths that have been around for a vey long time.”
Merry Christmas to You
A Charlie Brown Christmas
We made it in May. I brought in a tree and we played Home Alone. We hung a giant Charlie Brown Christmas banner and actually got the rights to use the voice of Linus from a Charlie Brown Christmas.
My favorite song from the record is the moon having a discussion with the Christmas star, remembering the night Jesus was born. We wanted it to be almost like a lullaby…it’s reflective of that night.
Christmas Is Here
“I’m finding out a lot of people agree on that hardline rule—no Christmas music until the day after Thanksgiving. To much of a good thing is a bad thing!”
Something Old, Something New, Something Blue
“I wanted it to be fun. It always reminds me of children. I wanted something for kids to sing along to and to reflect the vinyl records I grew up on—Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby…I borrowed from their style a bit. I really wanted to sing some carols. I recorded a lot of carols, including ‘In the Bleak Mid-Winter.’ It’s super old and one of the most beautifully written. There’s also some bluegrass style on the record. A couple guys from Union Station played on the record. It was fun!”
A Christmas to Remember
“It’s probably some of my favorite stuff to write just because it’s the one time as a writer when it’s a specific target,” he explains. “For me, that’s what’s so fun about it and what’s so mind-bogglingly frustrating about it. With a pop record, you can write songs that run the gamut. Christmas songs kind of say the same thing over and over, but that thing is incredibly potent and powerful.”
Point of Grace
A Point of Grace Christmas
Pull up a chair…
A Vintage Christmas Wonderland
What’s old is back again…
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