Mel Torme wrote “The Christmas Song” in 1944, at the age 19. On a really hot summer day on the east coast, he and his friend, Bob Wells, were trying anything to stay cool.
Wells began thinking of the phrases in an effort to immerse himself in winter scenes that would hopefully make him feel cooler; chestnuts roasting… Jack Frost nipping… yuletide carols… folks dressed up like Eskimos… Mel put the phrases to music and wrote the other lyrics.
Did you know God loves celebrations?
He appointed the annual feasts that were to be celebrated through all generations.
“And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘The feasts of the LORD, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts’” (Leviticus 23:1-2 NKJV).
Did you catch that?
“These are My feasts.”
These are God’s celebrations. Heavenly Father wants His children to celebrate.
When Moses went before Pharaoh, he told the ruler, “Let us go hold a feast and worship our God.” He used two different Hebrew words for feast. One means an appointed time.
In other words, “Let us go an honor an appointed time to worship set by God.”
The other Hebrew word means to dance, move in a circle, to leap, to celebrate. Moses was saying, “Let us go and celebrate and dance before our God” (Exodus 10:9).
That is the same word used in Leviticus 23:41 “You shall keep it as a feast to the LORD for seven days in the year. It shall be a statute forever in your generations. You shall celebrate it in the seventh month” (NKJV).
All the men were to gather in Jerusalem three times a year and celebrate God:
1. Unleavened Bread and Passover in March or April
2. Pentecost and the First Fruits in May or June
3. and the Day of Atonement and Feast of Tabernacles in September or October.
The people were to gather and celebrate the greatness of God; celebrate the greatness of God’s works; and celebrate the greatness of God’s redemption.
The Psalmist said, “Praise the LORD! Praise God in His sanctuary;Praise Him in His mighty firmament! Praise Him for His mighty acts;Praise Him according to His excellent greatness! Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet;Praise Him with the lute and harp! Praise Him with the timbrel and dance;Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes! Praise Him with loud cymbals;Praise Him with clashing cymbals! Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD!” (Psalm 150 NKJV).
That is what Christmas is all about.
It is celebrating the greatness of our God who sent His Son, Jesus Christ to become a man.
It is celebrating the greatness of God’s work, a virgin conceived and born a son.
It is celebrating the greatness of God’s redemption; His Son, Jesus Christ, came to deliver mankind from the power and domination of sin and the Kingdom of darkness.
Let the celebration begin!!
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