A few people were taken back by my tongue in cheek post a couple of days ago. So let me set the record straight. First, I really do have a co-worker who believes Jesus is his buddy and plays Mormon Tabernacle Choir music over his computer. I think Jesus and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir are both great. But I don't think either needs to be pushed into my face at my place of work.
Secondly, and more important, Christmas is a beautiful holiday. It is too beautiful to have been turned into a commercial free for all where such a high priority is placed on materialistic things.
Third, when I think of Christmas music I think of songs like I Saw Three Ships being song by an incredible choir. I like to think of hearing this music in person or watching it on TV in my home.
I love the choir to have a beautiful orchestra backing it up.
Every year many colleges have Christmas programs. One of the very best is put on by Luther College of Decorah, Iowa.
Listening to these combined groups you feel like you are hearing the angels singing from heaven itself.
Of course, a real pipe organ is used. There is no substitute for a pipe organ.
And bells. Real handbells.
Take a few moments to listen to one of the true Christmas classics performed as it should be -- strong, big, powerful and truly angelic. This was aired over Iowa Public TV in December, 2008. (You will note there is an announcement that all digital TV will begin in 57 days!) Luther College is very well known for having one of the very best music programs in the country.