Do you sing carols with your children?
I don’t just mean at church, but do you sing them, or have them playing on a stereo in your home?
My home when growing up was filled with music…hymns and choruses were sung and played regularly, even if it was only on the stereo in the background. Christmas time was no different, except we switched to Christmas music.
We have a favourite recording of a choir singing carols. We had it on every Christmas several times! It became tradition that when we started decorating the tree that was the first tape to put on. Now when I hear it, it brings back the memories of Christmases past…the laughter, warmth and joy we had during those times.
I was a preteen about the time we got the cassette of The Maranatha Kids! The Christmas Sing-a-long which had a mixture of carols and Christmas songs, which we listened to a lot! I liked it because it was children singing the carols and somehow made them more relatable. They weren’t just for singing in church, or just for grown-ups to enjoy, but children could enjoy singing them too.
Do you have a favourite carol? Which ones do your children like the best? Why? Have a chat about the carols as they play in your home, or ask your children on your way home from church after singing them.
So, this Christmas, if you haven’t already done so, why not get a CD of children singing carols (like the one pictured above by Cedarmont Kids) or buy a digital download of an album…or just buy the ones you like separately and create your own children’s carol playlist (oh the wonders of the digital age!) and let the words and music proclaiming our Saviour’s birth fill the hearts of your family during this Christmas season.
I won’t be blogging again until the 28th, so I just wish you all a Happy Christmas, and to those who are grieving or ill at this time, I pray that God’s comfort and love will surround you and uphold you throughout the day.
~ Wendy Sparkes ~