10 New Christmas Songs as Good as the Classics

God created time, and the passage of it is no surprise of Him. The “new” era we are living in is a place He’s already seen. He welcomes our creative interpretation of His Word through song, especially at Christmastime. The traditional carols, mixed with the unique sound of each generation, contributes to the timelessness of Christmas; for one day, when we look back, we will find our connection to Christmas in a song that has woven through our lives. 

Christmas is communicated in song in many ways, and the best new carols stick to scriptural bases, sometimes adding melodies from classics right alongside new compositions. Here is a great place to start when looking for some new holiday inspiration to add to the Christmas playlist.

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10 Christmas Carols that Tell the Real Story of Christmas

The first few notes of “O Holy Night,” and the Peanuts singing, “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” stir the true spirit of Christmas in our souls. We feel this way because many of the Christmas Carols that have become part of the tapestry of our every December, are woven from the very One who was, is, and always will be. We sing songs that have been passed down and formed from the way God’s Word moved someone’s heart to put a tune to it. 

In a world full of commercialism, especially around Christmastime, we need Hebrews 4:12. “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Though we might not all be the best at memorizing Scripture, human nature often lends the success of our memory to song. As children, we learn our ABC’s by singing them! 

The gospel of John reminds us, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.” Jesus is the Word, and the reason for the Christmas season. (Click here to continue reading …)

The Christmas Music (#jammed daily devo, day 335.)

December #jammed: Grace, gifted.

Day 335: Tune in.

You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing.
    You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy,
 that I might sing praises to you and not be silent.
    O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever!” Psalm 30:11-12

Nature’s peaceful change of color and crisp Northern breeze indicate the peaceful hush DECJAM1of winter snow is near. Though winter days are shorter and colder, the sound that celebrates our Savior’s arrival on earth warms the heart. I start listening to Christmas carols the day after Halloween …if I can’t wait that long.

“I have to make sure I have enough time to rotate through all of my favorites!” I justify.

In Psalm 30, David proclaims that he will never stop singing praise to God. He will dance joyfully all of his days, for the way God has healed and rescued him. Over the course of David’s scarred life, time had worn a path of gratitude for the God who never gave up on him, despite his fallen humanity and tendency towards sin. Theres so much to be encouraged by when we step back and look at David’s war-torn life. David, “a man after God’s own heart,” who started as a shepherd overlooked by his own father …was chosen by God to defeat a giant and lead a land.

Christmas carols sing of Jesus’ birth …and Santa …and reindeer …and decking the halls … No amount of commercialism has the power to drown-out the sound of Joy. 

Do we still say “Merry Christmas?”Don’t be deterred. David wasn’t. I’m not.

Turn up the carols and jump into the season with joy and gladness. Everyday we arise, we wake up to another day gifted to us. Jesus’ arrival on earth was the biggest gift of all time. He didn’t have to, and He doesn’t make us. But, oh, do we have the opportunity to walk through each day and this life with the Savior of the world by our side.

carol- an old round dance with singing. (Merriam-Webster)

Round. It’s no surprise that the very tag we label seasonal songs with brings us full circle and face to face singing and dancing with our Savior.

I feel David.

Christmas is not just a “Happy Holiday,” it’s the day the world was given a chance to walk with God, side by side. And when He died …He left the legacy of His Spirit to abide in us for all time.

God with us.

Emmanuel.

Break out the Happy Birthday Jesus cake, and deck all of the halls. It’s Christmastime. I will dance with joy, and never stop singing, of the miracle Jesus is to me.

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Father, Praise You for Christmas Carols. Thank You for holiday traditions that surround us with all things that remind and cover us in Your love. Forgive us for living small at Christmastime, and help us to shelve “Happy Holidays,” for “Merry Christmas,” from now on. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

#greatgrace17

Happy Caroling,

Megs

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The Christmas Music (#jammed daily devo, day 335.)

December #jammed: Grace, gifted.

Day 335: Tune in.

You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing.
    You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy,
 that I might sing praises to you and not be silent.
    O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever!” Psalm 30:11-12

Nature’s peaceful change of color and crisp Northern breeze indicate the peaceful hush DECJAM1of winter snow is near. Though winter days are shorter and colder, the sound that celebrates our Savior’s arrival on earth warms the heart. I start listening to Christmas carols the day after Halloween …if I can’t wait that long.

“I have to make sure I have enough time to rotate through all of my favorites!” I justify.

In Psalm 30, David proclaims that he will never stop singing praise to God. He will dance joyfully all of his days, for the way God has healed and rescued him. Over the course of David’s scarred life, time had worn a path of gratitude for the God who never gave up on him, despite his fallen humanity and tendency towards sin. Theres so much to be encouraged by when we step back and look at David’s war-torn life. David, “a man after God’s own heart,” who started as a shepherd overlooked by his own father …was chosen by God to defeat a giant and lead a land.

Christmas carols sing of Jesus’ birth …and Santa …and reindeer …and decking the halls … No amount of commercialism has the power to drown-out the sound of Joy. 

Do we still say “Merry Christmas?”Don’t be deterred. David wasn’t. I’m not.

Turn up the carols and jump into the season with joy and gladness. Everyday we arise, we wake up to another day gifted to us. Jesus’ arrival on earth was the biggest gift of all time. He didn’t have to, and He doesn’t make us. But, oh, do we have the opportunity to walk through each day and this life with the Savior of the world by our side.

carol- an old round dance with singing. (Merriam-Webster)

Round. It’s no surprise that the very tag we label seasonal songs with brings us full circle and face to face singing and dancing with our Savior.

I feel David.

Christmas is not just a “Happy Holiday,” it’s the day the world was given a chance to walk with God, side by side. And when He died …He left the legacy of His Spirit to abide in us for all time.

God with us.

Emmanuel.

Break out the Happy Birthday Jesus cake, and deck all of the halls. It’s Christmastime. I will dance with joy, and never stop singing, of the miracle Jesus is to me.

click to tweet graph, dec jammed

Father, Praise You for Christmas Carols. Thank You for holiday traditions that surround us with all things that remind and cover us in Your love. Forgive us for living small at Christmastime, and help us to shelve “Happy Holidays,” for “Merry Christmas,” from now on. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

#greatgrace17

Happy Caroling,

Megs

Get the #jammed Daily Devo sent straight to your inbox each morning, by subscribing to Sunny&80. 

The Reindeer.

IMG_8669Evil will riddle anxious sorrow unless smacked with deep, healing love.

My daughters woke up one Saturday morning ending my journal time and proudly proclaiming a pajama day.  Both in their Christmas footie jammies, they vowed to eat chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast and begged to watch “White Christmas.”  A touch early by some standards, but hard to say “no” to adorable little girls in Christmas footie pajamas.

“Mom,” my oldest pleaded, “can you PLEASE get the Christmas stuffed animals out?”

“PLEASE-PLEASE-PLEASE-PLEASE-PPPPLLLLEEEEAAAASSSSEEEE?!?!?!?!?!?!?”

Yes, they have such an obscene number of stuffed animals that we pack a portion away in an attempt to make room for them to sleep on their own beds. The “Christmas” stuffed animals remain out of sight…and out of mind…for the most part.  However, the longer my darling Brianne spends a part from her coveted Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the more anxiety she has about needing it immediately.  Call me a Saturday morning pushover; because I made them their pancakes and headed down to the crawlspace to dig out the reindeer.

IMG_8665Sweating, and muscles cramping from being curled up to reach far away small spaces in search of Holiday craziness… I stopped mid-search to ponder the sad reality that Paris was waking up to that same Saturday morning.

The same agony felt by countless souls scattered around the globe blindsided by the same unfathomable realms of evil. It seems to overwhelm every place once treasured safe.

I needed Christmas cheer that Saturday morning.  I needed that reindeer.

“Here it is!” I proudly proclaimed as I carried a giant red tote up the basement stairs and let it land in front of my girls.

“They’re all here!” they screeched.  “Rudolph!” my Brianne sighed as she hugged her old friend.

“The Grinch!!!”  her little sister gasped, as she ran up to find an appropriate outfit for her furry green buddy.IMG_8664

The last request filled with “White Christmas” playing in the background, my daughters snuggled up and checked out into the winter wonderland of yesteryear.

The nostalgia of Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney singing “Snow” on a train ride stirred up feelings of joy as I pictured my Grams singing in her kitchen at Christmastime.  The beginning of the movie is set in wartime, with a scene of soldiers overseas.

It’s a different kind of war we’re fighting today.

It’s hard to picture what kind of scene we’ll be looking back upon generations from now.  Each one worse than the next.  The more unthinkable the conflict we deem unimaginable, coming to pass nonetheless.

In a world where my seven year old fears a “lock down” more than her school catching on fire.

I need a “White Christmas.”

IMG_8666Yes, it’s old fashioned.  I’m the annoying one who could listen to Christmas carols all year long, and cannot wait to sing them at a very high volume dancing in the kitchen or on the way to school with my kids.  There’s a note of hope and kindness in those songs….an unashamed proclamation of the hope that Jesus brought when he was born.  Visions of Santa Claus landing on the rooftop, the Grinch stealing presents, and a boy being left home alone.  I love it all.  Nonsensical as some of the holiday rush can be, there is always a lesson of truth hidden within yet we dare to unwrap it.

“What if I couldn’t find my sissy,” my daughters asked me after lock down drill day, tears streaming down their faces.

I can’t find the words to describe that moment.

My oldest daughter gets “belly aches” just thinking about it.  Their teachers eyes fill up with tears at the thought.  It’s a gut-punch as a mother.  A hopeless sense of innocence lost too soon.

I feel it, too, that ache for Jesus.  For Him to come down and replace everything that evil has crushed and tried to stomp out.

I need Christmas.  Yes, it’s important to give thanks in honor of our founding fathers.  But maybe, in this rapidly deteriorating world, it’s most important to give thanks to the God who inspired their trip across the ocean in the first place.  The one who’s very namesake appears in the name of the holiday.

The good I glean from the over-commercialism of Christmas is celebrating the gift of Christ to the world a little IMG_8650sooner.

More time for cheer.

More time to think of others.

More time to pack a shoe box.

More time for more people to hear about His birth.

Pass me a red cup.

If children are no longer encouraged to believe in magic, how will they ever know what God means to “have faith like a child?” (Matthew 18:3, Luke 18:17)  What sorrow to think many still do not realize they can cling to Him…

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“When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are safe; but when one stronger than he attacks him and overcomes him, he takes away his armor in which he trusted and dives his spoil.”
Luke 11:21-22

Jesus IS stronger.

“Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.”
Luke 11:23

I’m WITH Him.

Hearts will be harder,” stated Beth Moore in referring to the natural direction our hearts will lend to if we don’t specifically aim otherwise.

Especially after lock down drill day.

Especially after Paris.

IMG_8662Some days I just want to cling to my children over sending them off to school.  I realize that clinging to Christ is the only way I am able to drive away after they jump out of the car…“strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” Ephesians 6:10

Clinging to Jesus as the aches and sobs well up as I drive away.

Clinging to the dream my daughter and I crafted when she was two….to share a trip to Paris someday.IMG_8663

We’ll keep dreaming that dream…yes, we will.  And though I ache for Him some days in sorrow and in fear, I have the hope that He left on the cross to cling to.

I choose to keep a death grip on love.  I’m positive on purpose.  I study His Word for encouragement.

“And you know the way to where I am going.” John 14:4

He is joy.

And it can’t be stolen.

Not by another…not by terror.

“We are wise never to overestimate or underestimate Satan’s power. But even though we are no match for him, he is no match for God….God is biding His time until His kingdom calendar has been accomplished and all who will receive His salvation are redeemed….Jesus Christ is going to take back what Satan has stolen from us!”
– Beth Moore, Portraits of Devotion, Day 166

Oh, Come, all ye faithful…

Happy Holidays…no wait…Merry Christmas.

Megs

“…let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.  Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.  And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
Hebrews 10: 22-25