The Meaning of Christmas

I thought I’d share my favorite Christmas Carol with you today. Some may argue about the meaning of Christmas, calling it a pagan holiday, and one cannot dispute the fact that it is where this celebration of Christmas came. Regardless, the tradition of Christmas was born and has been celebrated ever since. Many Christians use the opportunity to teach others about God sending His Son, Jesus Christ, for the sake of redemption. That’s why I celebrate this time of year, even if it wasn’t really the Lord’s birthday. But then…can we be absolutely sure when Jesus Christ was born? I choose to use Christmas for God’s honor and glory. You choose what you want.Anyway, this is my all time favorite Christmas Carol. I wish I could sing it for you, but then my voice isn’t what it used to be either at my age. Just enjoy the words, and think about what Christmas really means to you. And if you don’t know the tune, check it out on YouTube: https://youtu.be/yxDZjg_IgocMegan Romer, a World Music Expert, says this about the carol. The Wexford Carol is a beloved traditional Irish Christmas carol. It is also known as “The Enniscorthy Carol”, as it was originally collected by a folklorist named Grattan Flood in Enniscorthy, a town in Ireland’s County Wexford, as well as “Carul Loch Garman” (the Irish translation of “Wexford Carol”). The lyrics, which are in English, date back to the 12th century. As is the case with all very old songs, the history is a bit hard to track, but it appears that the lyrics were added to the tune much later, and it is not believed that the lyrics were originally in the Irish language. Some reverse translations have been made by contemporary Irish trad musicians, but the English lyrics are actually the most traditional ones.The Wexford CarolGood people all, this Christmas time,Consider well and bear in mindWhat our good God for us has doneIn sending his beloved sonWith Mary holy we should pray,To God with love this Christmas DayIn Bethlehem upon that morn,There was a blessed Messiah bornThe night before that happy tideThe noble Virgin and her guideWere long time seeking up and downTo find a lodging in the townBut mark right well what came to passFrom every door repelled, alasAs was foretold, their refuge allWas but a humble ox’s stallNear Bethlehem did shepherds keepTheir flocks of lambs and feeding sheepTo whom God’s angel did appearWhich put the shepherds in great fearArise and go, the angels saidTo Bethlehem, be not afraidFor there you’ll find, this happy mornA princely babe, sweet Jesus, bornWith thankful heart and joyful mindThe shepherds went the babe to findAnd as God’s angel had foretoldThey did our Saviour Christ beholdWithin a manger he was laidAnd by his side a virgin maidAttending on the Lord of LifeWho came on earth to end all strifeThere were three wise men from afarDirected by a glorious starAnd on they wandered night and dayUntil they came where Jesus layAnd when they came unto that placeWhere our beloved Messiah layThey humbly cast them at his feetWith gifts of gold and incense sweet.This last verse is a bit out of place, as we learn from the Bible that the wise men came long after the Child was born and found Him in a house. We further learn from Herod’s actions that Jesus could have been around two years old by this time, but they did come…and they did find the Child…and they did present kingly gifts to Him.Merry Christ to all of you, and God bless you in the New Year.

Source: The Meaning of Christmas

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