Friday, December 14, 2012

Christmas Music - What Happened?

Christmas music can be about anything that has to do with Christmas. At least, the real true meaning of Christmas. (Jesus!)

It's interesting though. The center of focus for most Christmas music before the 1900's was on Christ and His birth.

For example, the most beloved Christmas songs, such as:

Silent Night - 1818
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing - written 1739
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - written in 1700's
Away in a Manger - 1885
Joy to the World - written in early 1700's
We Three Kings of Orient Are - mid 1800's
The First Noel - Mid 1800's

Look at the Christmas music today, written and composed after the 1900's:

Frosty the Snowman - 1950's
Jingle Bell Rock - 1950's
The Little Drummer Boy - 1950's
Santa Clause is Coming to Town - 1930's
Winter Wonderland - 1930's
White Christmas - 1940's
Silver Bells - 1950's
Let it Snow - 1940's

It is quite interesting to note, as I look over these carols and songs, that the majority of the Christ-centered ones were composed before the 20th century.

True Christians know the real meaning behind Christmas, and know that we live in a very lost world where the belief in Christ is scarce. The more generations that are born unto Atheists and the like - just non-believers - it seems that the Christmas music that gets composed has absolutely nothing to do with Christ's birth.

Take a look at the songs written closer to the present day:

All I Want for Christmas is You - 1966
Santa Baby - 1953
A Holly Jolly Christmas - 1965

As I do my research, I have discovered that the majority of Christmas songs are re-writes of old ones... Slowly but surely, the focus is on Santa songs, presents, rudolph and the like. It's very saddening.

It's fine to have Christmas songs that depict other things about Christmas time, like the snow on the ground, the feeling of joy around Christmas - even the gifts you give and receive. But the main focus should truly stay on Christ.

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