I just love this song, especially as Josh Groban sings it, and once a year I get to share that love with you:
As is the case every year, I have so much for which I am thankful. When my children ask me what I want for Christmas, I never have an answer, because I already have everything I need or want (although they could empty the dishwasher more often). One of the gifts in my life is all of you, so thank you so much for becoming my friends through this site.
I may not be Christian, but I know this much about Christmas: it’s a holy day that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. I also know that those who believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God and mankind’s savior call themselves, not coincidentally, Christians.
See, it’s a package deal: Christians and Christmas. Muslims consider Christ a prophet, but do not build their faith around him. Jews consider Christ a rabbi, but parted ways 2,000 years ago with those of their co-religionists who beheld in him something much greater. Other world religions don’t even include Jesus in the panoply. Let me say this again: Christians and Christmas, the package deal. While we non-believers enjoy the trees, the ornaments, the songs, and the lights, Christians focus like lasers on Christmas’s raison d’etre.
I mention all of this, in repetitive detail, just to point out how reflexive multiculturalism turns people inanely stupid, including allegedly intelligent and Christian people like Barack Obama (emphasis added):
The First Family helped light the National Christmas Tree Friday night, amid a festive celebration of musicians and costumed characters.
President Obama said Christmas is a time “we celebrate the birth of a child who came into the world with only a stable’s roof to shelter Him.”
He also made this statement about Christmas: “It’s a message both timeless and universal — no matter what God you pray to, or if you pray to none at all.”
Hat tip: Gateway Pundit
I truly do understand that Obama was trying to make a point about “peace on earth and good will to man,” which is the universalist message that Christians (very nicely, I might add) append to the holiday. Nevertheless, all that Obama managed to do was to come off sounding . . . dumb.
Still, I am thankful for one thing, which is that Obama’s mindlessly multiculturalist babel gives me the perfect opening to post my favorite Christmas song. I love the song and I love the way Josh Groban sings it:
It’s not Christmas at the Bookworm Room unless I post my absolute favorite Christmas carol. I know I’m a couple of days early with this, but it’s such a lovely song, sung so beautifully, that I couldn’t wait to share it with you again:
I love Christmas music, and listen to it online whenever I can during December. While I’m ordinarily no fan of Josh Groban, finding his pop music a bit shlocky, I thought he did just a thrilling version of O, Holy Night, which I now pass on to you:
I continue to find it sad that PC-mania has pretty much wiped Christmas off the map at public schools. I loved the Christmas season at school when I was a kid. I never felt as if I was on the receiving end of proselytizing. Instead, I enjoyed the secular American version of Christmas, complete with Santa Clause and beautiful music (including music that wasn’t so secular, but that still didn’t leave me feeling pressured to run off to a church and convert). Our children miss out on a lot living in such a carefully sanitized world.