Christmas Music Confessional

I’m a confessional, liturgical, Lutheran. And I have a confession to make. I listen to Christmas music during advent.

This may not seem like a big deal, but it kind of is.

When I was a young married woman, I was very serious about keeping advent. The thought was if we saved Christmas for December 24, it would be so much sweeter.

We used to wait to decorate for Christmas until December 23 or so. We only listened to advent hymns during the four weeks leading up to Christmas. I stayed out of the Christmas candy (not a bad practice).

I love advent. I love the extra midweek church service. I enjoy spending additional devotional time. It is nice to not spend a month stressing out about Christmas.

So what happened? Well, my children for one. Their pre-Christmas excitement is contagious. They are practicing Christmas songs in school and wander around the house humming them. Also, December is dark. . .very dark. Some candles and cheerful Christmas music warm up my living room.

But the biggest change is that I have a desk job this year. And I spend 8+ hours a day listening to music. November is a crazy-busy stressful work season for me, and once Thanksgiving is over my mood is lighter. I celebrate the end of November with some of my favorite music. While other music styles get old over 8 hours, I never really tire of music proclaiming my savior’s birth.

I stream music from Spotify.com, which allows me to listen to and discover new music as well as “spy” on what my friends are listening to. It is like having an unlimited music collection. I discovered some fun Go Fish! Christmas songs, I love listening to the Nat King Cole classics and I can listen to this several times a day (it never gets old!)

So, I may be breaking some unspoken Lutheran rule by indulging in Christmas music now, but I can assure you that I won’t make the error of hanging it all up On December 26! I’ll still be listening through. January 6 (and possibly longer!)

Chime in! When do you start listening to your Christmas music?