December 14, 2014

Singing Our Story

One of the most beloved and festive traditions during Advent is Christmas caroling. Christmas caroling is one way that we share the story of the birth of Christ and is a form of current oral tradition. Carols are associated with sharing joy, carol meaning “to sing or say something happily”. There are several theories of the origin of Christmas caroling ranging from Anglo-Saxon customs of wassailing, to pagan Winter Solstice celebrations, to feudal societies where the poor sang for their supper. Some accounts say that singing was done door to door because it was not allowed in churches at the time of its origin.

Regardless of how or when it started, we choose to continue the tradition of spreading cheer around our neighborhoods and cities through Christmas carols. Last year, many people from Los Altos UMC caroled to the homebound members of our congregation. One of the most requested songs was “Joy to the World”. The first verse goes like this:

Joy to the world! The Lord is come;
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare him room,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven, and heaven, and nature sing.

This week, find ways of sharing the joy of Christ with those around you. Whether it’s joining Los Altos for caroling to our homebound on December 21st, singing with family, or telling the Christmas story to a friend, make room for joy. All of heaven and nature are celebrating with you!

Full of joy,

Liz Hinz
Family and Senior Ministries