Although Halloween is still ahead of us, Christmas music may already be playing at your local stores. Some say October is too early, but I love it … because, for me, the music of Christmas conveys the message of Christmas.
Christmas is about hope – something we’re all searching for. C.S. Lewis turned Christmas into a powerful metaphor in his classic novel, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. In the story, a little girl named Lucy stumbles into the wintry land of Narnia through a magic wardrobe. The first character she meets is Tumnus, a creature who’s part faun and part human. He tells Lucy that the White Witch has cursed Narnia. It’s always winter and never Christmas. Without the joy, happiness, and laughter that Christmas inspires, Narnia became a cold, forbidding place.
Our world can be cold and forbidding, too. It’s filled with suffering and selfishness. Which is why Christmas reminds us of how things are supposed to be. God created us to love one another and to fill the world with joy, happiness, and laughter.
So even though it’s still October, enjoy Christmas music when you hear it. Let it fill you with the hope of Christmas. After all, Christmas is about gifts, and no greater gift has ever been given than the baby Jesus in a manger who brought God’s grace and forgiveness to a hurting world.
That’s a great message to hear any time of year.