Someone introduced me to this song recently. It is beautifully done by Becky Kelley.
There use to be a time not so long ago that Christmas focused on the central theme of a baby in a hay stall and the message of angelic cantors proclaiming peace and goodwill toward all to hillside shepherds. Somewhere along the way this simple message of no room in the Inn, surrounded by animals and visited by wondering shepherds have been lost in the hustle and bustle.
As we near the end of 2011 we certainly could use peace and goodwill among men and women on this planet traversing the cosmos. As you stand in line with your children to see Santa, ponder on the concept of the empty chair.
If Santa Claus was removed from the holiday, what would you stand in line for? When you pass a church with a Nativity scene, does it mean anything to you and your family? Do you take the time to listen to a carol and ponder on its words?
Do you like standing in long shopping lines? Does Christmas morning bring real joy to you as you sip your morning coffee or tea and glance about your house or flat?
Does that tree dance with Christmas magic? Does Christmas snow enrobe itself in mysteries? Are you dazed by the simple wonder of it all?
Christmas—what does it actually mean today as we end 2011 and prepare for 2012?
In our next post we will revisit London in the early 1840s. Perhaps, Christmas Eve in London will help us answer the question.
G. D. Williams © 2011
photos by G. D. Williams