This Charlotte is hopping on the early sleigh for Houston tomorrow, and so I won’t post again until after the holidays.
I was looking for something nice to put in this last post and I found it in a FrontPage magazine story on how a family that was not Christian felt about Christmas in the 1950s:
“[T]here was another reason for not objecting to the Christmas carols, and for singing them at home. They were wonderful music, and we liked music in our family. We never sang ’Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer’ or ’I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus’ at home because we considered them inferior songs. They were fun to sing sometimes, but they couldn’t compare with the poetry and melodiousness of the real Christmas carols.
“Those real carols were written by people who loved Christmas, who loved Jesus and the story of his birth. They were talented composers and talented writers and they put their feelings and their gifts into the songs, and that’s why the songs were still loved and sung decades or even centuries later.
“They were sung by the mostly black students at my elementary school, even though every one of the songwriters was white. They were sung by the few Jews whose families had remained in the neighborhood. And they were sung by my sister and me, the children of Atheist communists. They were part of our common heritage. …”
There’s a wonderful website that allows those of you with speakers to listen on your computer to some of the most traditional Christmas carols. I wish you all a very merry one.