This week we’ve pulled out the Christmas music.  There is something cheery about Christmas music – I think it must be simply the memories that it evokes.  I love Christmas music.

One of the things I tried to do when homeschooling (especially primary school) was to find learning opportunities in and amongst our every day living.  Preparing for Christmas gives us plenty of opportunities – and certainly, as we listen to the words of the Christmas songs we fill our house with there will be plenty of opportunity to talk important lessons.

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There’s a lesson in Christmas Music

Studying the lyrics to your favourite songs will give you an opportunity to teach into your children’s hearts and never more so than at Christmas time. This may work for your family devotion time over the month of December. It maybe something you can do while in the car driving. It maybe more incidental conversation but I encourage you to consider the words of your favourite Christmas songs and have meaningful discussions with your kids this season.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Mary’s Boy Child – Hark now hear the angels sing, a new born king born today. Why is Jesus called a king? Is Jesus king in your life?
  • O Little Town of Bethlehem – The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight. What were the hopes and fears before Jesus was born? What are your hopes and fears? Can Jesus do anything about that?
  • Silent Night – Silent night holy night, Shepherds quake at the sight.Try and get the kids to imagine being one of those shepherds, the incredible hugeness of what they saw, their emotions (good and bad). What was the implication of what the shepherds heard that night? What does it mean to you?
  • Away in a Manger – Be near me Lord Jesus I ask Thee to stay, close by me forever and love me I pray. How do we ask Jesus to stay with us? We need to confirm Jesus love for us (John 3:16) and that we need to respond to Jesus.

Our family favourite Christmas CD is from our favourite Aussie performer, Colin Buchanan: King of Christmas. Lessons just ooze from his songs. There is a strong theme in these songs that the Christmas story is the beginning of the Salvation message and that we need to live our lives for Jesus.

 

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Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly
in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing
one another in psalms and hymns
and spiritual songs,
singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
Col 3:16

We see from this passage that we can use songs to teach our children and to correct their thinking. So choose the music you have playing in your home wisely; music is words, words that are going into your children’s hearts and helping form what they believe. If you are playing jingly music that talks about Santa and presents more than you have joyful music talking about Jesus coming as a babe because he loved us, then your children have conflicting values to discern between.

I’m not saying, not to have cultural Christmas music (because it is fun and that is okay) – but let us be intentional to use every tool we have in our home to establish the rule of Christ in our lives.

 

 

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