And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” Luke 2:13-14
French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte observed that you can tell a great deal about people by what went on in their life, and the world, when they were twenty years old. I thought that was interesting. Think about it, most adults enjoy listening to the music that was popular when they were fifteen to twenty years old. There’s a continuing connection between the music that moved us when we were at the emotional stage of adolescence and the music we still love. Music is emotional, but especially the music connected to important experiences, such as salvation.
That may account for why people love Christmas music. Part of the reason is the anticipation that builds up all year. (You mean some of you wait all year?) But a better reason is that our salvation is an emotionally compelling experience. It seems that musicians and lyricists have done some of their best work through when writing songs about the birth of Jesus Christ.
We sing with joy and tears at Christmas for good reason. Word became flesh and opened the door of eternal life for all who believe. Nothing could be more emotional and worth singing about!
Andy Williams: The First Noel http://youtu.be/xLP-yqlBSCs