Looking for Christmas Music?

By Jason McConahy,

It’s that time of year again!  Well, maybe that is debatable...  I give myself permission to start listening to Christmas music beginning November 1, but there are some of you who insist that it shouldn’t be allowed until after Thanksgiving.  If that’s you, this post is still timely because your deadline is only days away now.

I wanted to recommend Andrew Peterson’s “Behold the Lamb” album for those of you looking to expand your Christmas music library.  This isn’t your normal Christmas album, and it won’t have any music you are familiar with, except an instrumental version of “O Come O Come Emmanuel.”  We often speak of the overarching context of the Bible - the idea of One Book / One Story / One Person.  Everything in the Bible fits within the context of the unfolding of God’s plan to save the world and mankind from sin through the sending of His Son, Jesus Christ.  All that is before the arrival of Christ is filled with anticipation for His coming.  To grasp the magnitude of the Christmas narrative requires understanding all that was leading up to it.

In “Behold the Lamb”, Andrew Peterson tells the story musically.  He walks us through the Old Testament storyline as a beautiful and necessary pathway to bring us to the arrival of Jesus.

You won’t be humming familiar tunes about “decking the halls”, but you will enjoy the richness of the journey.  It has become a staple in my Christmas repertoire for the last several years.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

PS - Isn’t it funny that I referred to this collection of music as an “album”?  I doubt you could buy this one on vinyl, even if you wanted to.  But with all of our digital technology, we still need a tangible way to think about a collection of songs.  I love how “album” still wins out over 8-track or cassette or CD...