I have choir practice again today. The last Sunday practice before the service next Sunday. Going to these practices remind me of when I was a kid and we would go to practice for our little song service. We’d do your typical Christmas songs like Away in a Manager, Silent Night, Joy to the World. But our big one would be the Christmas song where you spell out the word C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S and tell what each letter stands for. Do you know it?
When I was but a youngster, Christmas meant one thing. That I’d be getting lots of toys that day. But I learned a whole lot better when moma set me down and taught me to spell Christmas this way.
C is for the Christ child born upon this day
H for Herald Angels in the Night
R means our Redeemer
I means Israel
S is for the Star that shown so bright
T is for Three Wise Men, they who traveled far.
M is for the Manger where He lay.
A is for All He stands for.
S means Shepherds came.
And that’s why there is a Christmas Day.
Nine of us would be given a poster board sign with one of the letters to hold up. It was a real treat to be one of the nine chosen for this song.
Did you do any special music as a child in your choir whether at church or school? Do you still have fond memories of these programs? If you do, I hope you’ll take a moment to reflect and remember them.