There’s nothing a church musician hates more than one more “Merry Christmas!” We’re not Scrooges, but think of the poor tax accountant on 4-15. Imagine April 15 as a much-loved time of gift giving and feasting. The tax accountant is chained to her desk, which is heaped with papers – clients are lining the hallway waiting their turn. No “Happy Tax Day!” for her.
A typical Christmas Eve where I work:
- 11am Children’s Pageant
- 4pm Children’s Pageant
- 6pm Christmas Service
- 8pm Christmas Service
- 10:30 pm Christmas Service
And y’all come back now for noon on Christmas Day!
Merry Christmas To You Too, Buddy!
My guard is up against that bastard Pere Noel. I’ve actually had a bruised buttocks from sitting on the organ bench so long.
But today is April 15, far far away from Jesus’ birthday party. I’m safely in my studio teaching piano lessons – coaxing young students to read music.
Often I use songs children know to make a fun puzzle of bass and treble, whole and half, space and line. Even in April I’m not above pulling out a carol collection for a reluctant reader. What seven-year-old can resist Jingle Bells? My student, Jasmine, said she did not know The First Noel. I sit down to play it for her. It’s April. My guard is down.
And sneaky Father Christmas sprinkled magic on my heart.
It’s the best time of the year!