are holy days that come around to close off our year because of the
Holy One that came to close off all our darkness. To me the most joyous
part of our celebration of this ultimate occasion is our music of
proclamation: the refrains that are as old as grave cathedrals; the
declarations that are as new as last year; the carols that were written
to announce the wonderful news through the wet streets, and in fire-lit
Christmas has always been one of the highlights of life in my family. We have longstanding traditions for these holy days and one of these is music that has been part of our festivity for as long as I can remember.
Sadly, much that passes for Christmas music in our bewildered culture is nothing more than unsubstantial noise. Even our traditions center more around chestnuts and open fires, reindeer, mistletoe and snow than around the arrival of the Great Light. It can be hard to find artists who incorporate the mystery into their music. This is why I want to share a little list of some of my favorite Christmas music, in hopes that you will find something here you’ve never heard before, and that it will perhaps make the miracle settle a little deeper into you.