There seems to be some doubt among the masses about the ability to do two things at once. James Abram Garfield, the 20th President of these United States, could write in Latin with one hand and in Greek with the other hand… at the same time!
Apparently, I have one upped him, though.
I, Tracie Jack, can celebrate any holiday, any day of the year, any season… get this… while simultaneously listening to Christmas music! No, for real. I can! I just wrote three (3!) things I was thankful for in recognition of the upcoming festivities of Thanksgiving and have spent time musing tomorrow’s expressions of thankfulness. I plan to bake pumpkin muffins this week, too.
President Garfield, move aside for me in the history books!
I realize that not everyone is a fan of Christmas music before December, some not before Christmas Eve Eve (no that’s not a typo), but I just thought that I’d clear up some of the confusing, perhaps mysterious, behaviors of the Early-Christmas-Music-Listeners phenomenon.
I listen to it all year.
Yup. There it is.
Not every day, though.
Sometimes it’s on my birthday… in June.
Sometimes it’s in August… because I’m hot and want to remember cold.
Sometimes it’s in May… because I haven’t heard it in a while.
Sometimes it’s in February… because I woke up.
Often it’s not in recognition of the winter holidays at all. But always– always– it’s because the single most miraculous moment in the history of our existence– in the Universe– happened one night. An event so entirely world changing, life changing, that most of the world has recognized for centuries the terms B.C. and A.D.
Something happened that makes this the year 2014 and I love to listen to the music that celebrates this event.
Any day of the year.
And while I enjoy listening to Christmas music any time it strikes me to want to do so, I look forward to the middle of October when can I get a steady diet from STAR 93.3. And yes, I get excited and filled with child-like anticipation looking forward to the first day they switch over from regular contemporary Christian music to Christmas music.
But I feel you, those of you who say, “It’s not the ‘Jesus is the reason for the season’ music I can’t stand. It’s all the holiday music played that has nothing to do with Jesus and everything to do with just a holiday of frozen people with frightful weather making snowmen who come to life and a reindeer who saves the day.”
Because, honestly, there are times I want to kick the radio if I hear “I Saw Mamma Kissing Santa Claus” or the never ending, melodically challenged “Same Old Lang Syne” one more time. Of course, I choose a more mature way and choose simply to turn it off. I’ve grown up. A little.
Anyway, to set everyone’s hearts at ease: I have not forgotten about Thanksgiving. I am not skipping Thanksgiving. I am still thankful! I simply take advantage of STAR 93.3’s steady diet of Christmas music and shamelessly feed my anticipation and excitement over the upcoming day we celebrate “something happened to change the entire course of history” music.
God came to earth. And that’s something I want to celebrate every day of the year, not just for the month of December. And if that means listening to songs that also cherish the warmth of family celebrations that go along with the December holidays, then… bring it on!
Happy Thanksgiving, y’all… and may the joy of Christmas live in your hearts every day, all year long!