Christmas carols remind us of God’s grace

The Nativity set figurine

Christmas carols remind us of God’s grace

By James Hammack

I love Christmas — a lot. It’s one of my favorite times of the year. And I like singing as well. What does that mean? Christmas music. I’m a “year-round-Christmas-music-should-be-played” kind of guy.

Given my history in the church, Christmas carols are always associated with this time of year. “Away in a Manger,” “Joy to the World” and “O Come, All Ye Faithful” are classics I grew up singing.

And in many ways, there was a serenity and clean-cut picture that began to form in my head around that first Christmas night.

It wasn’t necessarily the carols or the pristine nativities or really anything else other than my own assumptions of how the Savior came into the world. Fast forward to my 30s and my understanding of the particulars of Christ’s birth have changed quite a bit.

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