'Tis the season to be jolly . . .
and to be holy . . .
to shop 'til you drop . . .
to pray and worship with all the best songs Christian churches have to offer . . .
to attend as many drunken holiday parties as there are invitations . . .
to attend concerts and recitals in churches and auditoriums . . .
It is that time of year we we celebrate the almighty dollar and the birth of Jesus Christ.
Unbridled consumerism is commingled with church services, Nativity scenes are erected and rejected, people say there is a war on Christmas, others ask why they have to have Christianity crammed down their throats.
It is a time for the celebration of peace, and a time to outspend your neighbor.
I have some favorite pieces of music, and I will be posting them during the coming Twelve Days of Christmas.
Handel's Messiah is one of the most famous and popular pieces of music performed during Advent, with the "Hallelujah!" (the great hallelujah) as its centerpiece.
The recording of Hallelujah in the video below "was conceived, rehearsed and filmed in Tamworth, NH, a small town with a population of 2556 that has as its backdrop Mt Chocorua, the most photographed mountain in America. Tamworth is part of Occupy The Mt Washington Valley. Tamworth was the summer home of President Grover Cleveland."
I think that more than any other song this Christmas, this version of the song reflects most accurately on the moral and spiritual condition of America: