Music is everywhere at this time of year, and that's okay with me. We sing holiday carols and songs for many reasons. Singing is a part of the ancient Christmas story - angels singing of promise and glory. Singing raises our energy and releases endorphins in a season when the days are shorter and fatigue is more frequent. Singing connects us with many ancient winter traditions of many religions and beliefs - for people have sung and danced in gratitude, prayer, and hope for thousands of years. This is a month to hum and dance, even if it’s to silly tunes like “Rudolph.” For in singing, we connect with all of creation in celebrating hope, love, and light - even on dark, dreary days. So, I sing a lot in December. Whether it’s a beloved hymn, a familiar carol, or a silly children’s song, I hymn along with every melody piped through those speakers in the grocery story. And at my best, I remember that each song, each note, each shout is an invitation to proclaim hope and celebrate the Light that returns to us even in the darkest of days.
SING WITH JOY
Updated: Dec 13, 2023