For the past year I have noticed that the trending debate on November 1 is “Is it the right time to start listening to Christmas music?” I must admit that as I type this I am listening to Christmas music and it feels right. I mean, forget the fact that it is 80 degrees outside, inside it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! So is it the right time? Well, I suppose the first element to define is “what are the Holidays”. We have decided that the “Holidays” should include Thanksgiving. That the time from November 1 to December 31 is all-inclusive. So by definition, Holiday music should be all-inclusive of the holidays, right? The second element to define is – are there any alternatives? What I mean by this is please tell me your top 5 favorite Thanksgiving songs. And before you respond, just because a song has “thank you” in the lyrics does not make it a “Thanksgiving Song”. So, since Christmas music reminds us of the many things we are thankful for (family, friends, food, etc.) I feel that Christmas music is the perfect music to celebrate Thanksgiving. The third element to define is the content or theme of the music. For the most part Christmas music is, or should be, focused on Christ. And it’s always the right time to celebrate Jesus, especially since Jesus is master of impeccable timing. Let me take you to Scripture.
As Paul is writing to the Romans he takes his conversation of grace to the timing of God. He states in Romans 5:6, “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.” At the exact right time Christ came to earth, lived the perfect life, died a horrific yet atoning death for all of us. And it was impeccable timing. So the question of timing is not so much is it time to listen to Christmas music, but rather, is it time for you to follow the One whom the music is about? Jesus came at the right time, for you! So I say, “yeah”, it’s time, to follow Jesus, to love Him, and even to listen to some Christmas music.