Rustlings (December 8, 2014)

It is a personal tradition – almost a rule. I refuse to listen to Christmas music before Halloween. I know some radio stations begin continuous-play before October 31. And I’m aware that certain retail outlets impose carols and bells on their shoppers before the pumpkins are picked for carving. But I don’t enjoy the tunes until I’m finished enjoying the tricks and treats. Added to this, I will only
listen to ‘certain’ Christmas music after Thanksgiving. I’ll listen to a host of contemporary Christmas recordings prior to Thanksgiving. But it is only after the fourth Sunday of November that I will give ear to: the Carpenters, Amy Grant, Elvis, Rutter and the Vince Guaraldi Trio.

It is our church’s tradition to provide beautiful, quality music during this festive, holy season. This year will be no different. This Sunday, December 14, our Ssanctuary Choir will present the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah during the morning worship hour. That same afternoon, our children will share Christmas music with us. Then, on Wednesday, December 17 at 6:30 p.m., our church family will gather at NOMA Square on North Main Street and share the music of the season with our community. I hope you’ll take advantage of each musical opportunity afforded. After all, we’re way past Halloween and Thanksgiving! Bring on the carols!

– Jim