How to Share Your Faith Using Christmas Music
As you cruise the malls, stuff yourself with food, or just hang out over Winter Break, Christmas music continually pulls your thoughts toward...well, it depends on the music and it depends on your own personal mindset...
For your holiday entertainment, check out this list for a "new spin on holiday carols" and notice how songs can mean different things to different people with different mindsets!!
New Spin on Old Holiday Carols
- Schizophrenia (delusions and hallucinations) --- Do You Hear What I Hear?
- Multiple Personality Disorder --- We Three Queens Disoriented Are...
- Amnesia (major memory loss) --- I Don't Know if I'll be Home for Christmas
- Narcissistic (excessive self-centeredness) --- Hark the Herald Angels Sing About Me
- Manic (excessive energy and activity) --- Deck the Halls and Walls and House and Lawn and Streets and Stores and Office and Town and Cars and Buses and Trucks and Trees and Fire Hydrants and...
- Paranoid (abnormal fear) --- Santa Claus is Coming to Get Me
- Borderline Personality Disorder (low self-image, low coping abilities) --- Thoughts of Roasting on an Open Fire
- Full Personality Disorder --- You Better Watch Out, I'm Gonna Cry, I'm Gonna Pout, Maybe I'll tell You Why
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (anxiety-driven repetitive behavior) ---Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells
- Agoraphobia (abnormal fear of public places) --- I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day But Wouldn't Leave My House
- Senile Dementia (loss of mental function) --- Walking in a Winter Wonderland Miles From My House in My Slippers and Robe
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder (disruptive, hostile behavior toward authority) --- I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus So I Burned Down the House
- Attention Deficit Disorder (short attention span) --- Silent night, Holy oooh look at the froggy, can I have a chocolate, why is France so far away?
Not to make light of psychological disorders...but quite honestly, we're all a little abnormal when it comes to being emotionally well-adjusted. So it will come as no surprise that everyone has their own take on Christmas music. Two people can hear the same thing and it may result in totally different responses. Don't just assume that when your friends hear Christmas music or see a Christmas tree, or give a Christmas present, they know it has something to do with Jesus. They may think Christmas is just about Santa Claus and presents! They may have never clearly heard the truth about why Jesus came, lived, died and rose again.
So when you hear Christmas music playing in the background this Christmas Season while you're hanging out at the mall or wherever, use it to launch into a conversation about Christmas and the real meaning behind all the gifts and busyness of this time of year. Here are some suggestions for heading the conversation toward God talk:
- What's your favorite Christmas song? Why?
- What does Christmas mean to you? Share what you believe the season is about!
- Where do you think the whole tradition of giving gifts came from? Share with your friends the story of the gifts given to baby Jesus by the three Wise Men. Share how Jesus came to give us the gift of a restored relationship with God and the gift of eternal life.
Christmas is one of the easiest, most natural times of the year to talk about Jesus - don't miss the God-given opportunity to use the songs, decorations, food and fun of the season to share the greatest gift of all - the message of God's love and His gift of grace and mercy!