It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year is a popular Christmas song written in 1963 by Edward Pola and George Wyle. It was recorded and released that year by pop singer, Andy Williams, for his first Christmas album, The Andy Williams Christmas Album. The song is a celebration and description of the various activities that take place during Christmastide. Among those activities included in the song are the telling of "scary ghost stories," (a Victorian Christmas tradition that has mostly fallen out of vogue… think Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol), hosting parties, visits from friends, social gaiety, spending time with loved ones, sledding for children, kissing under the mistletoe, roasting marshmallows, sharing stories about “Christmases from long, long ago” and singing Christmas carols in the snow!
These activities are some of the joys that we all associate with the Christmas Holiday, and rightly so! For Christmas is about the most joyous of all events in recorded history! For it is the day the Church has set aside to remember and celebrate the Incarnation, the day that God the Son visited the earth in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus left His first estate, His Heavenly residence, to “dwell with man”, and He did that through the miracle of the Virgin birth. And the reason He came on that first Christmas so “long, long ago” was “to seek and save the lost” (Luke 19:10)!
I hope as you enjoy the various activities and traditions associated with Christmastide, you will pause often and reflect on what is the most joyous aspect of the Holiday. We find it in the words of the angel to the shepherds, “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 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, good will toward men” (Luke 2:10-14).
A Very Merry Christmas and A Blessed New Year, from our Family to Yours from Pastor Scott, Catharina, Timothy, Hannah, Levi and Thomas