If you aren’t interested in the commercialized aspect of Christmas, you want to get to the true meaning of Christmas or just are looking for something perhaps you haven’t heard before or had forgotten. Whatever the reason, take a listen to these Christmas songs that capture the meaning of the season. Have a country Christmas with these top ten Christmas favorites.
That’s what Christmas Is – Jeff Bates knows country Christmas traditions and captures a list of things not about money. It’s about family, friend, love, hope. It’s tradition from the past brought present and looking at what we have rather than what we don’t. This is a great song about Christmas that needs a whole lot more airplay this year. Written and released last year it’s a new Christmas favorite.
An Old Christmas Card by Jim Reeves speaks to traditions we sometimes take for granted, sentimental memories of Christmas past and people we’ve loved and lost. Jim Reeves’ Christmas album was long THE Christmas album played during decorating. It just wasn’t the Christmas season without his voice putting out these special songs.
The Christmas Guest has been done by many people but Reba lends a special voice to this reminder of the real meaning of Christmas. What a powerful rendition and reminder that not all is as it seems to be. Compassion never goes out of style and by the time she gets to the line of “lift up your head for I kept My word…” we realize that the Christmas guest isn’t always what we think and things aren’t always delivered in the way we expect.
C.H.R.I.S.T.M.A.S. is another Jim Reeves standard that brings forth the true meaning of Christmas. Before the holiday signified the commercialism and it was still accepted that Christmas is a Christian holiday, this holds the meaning of the holiday close.
The Gift – Garth brings a story of the compassion of Christmas through a bird with a broken wing found by a poor woman who scraped to provide to the bird. She had no gift for the Christmas service but brought a “ragged bird in a small cage” and came in late to deliver her gift that wasn’t enough. She opened the cage and the bird flew out and broke into song that money can’t buy.
It Wasn’t His Child is another covered by many very well. Sawyer Brown’s version is a favorite in a lyric that puts the listener in the shoes of Joseph, raising a child that was not his and not understanding the why and where but raising the child as his own.
O Holy Night has many renditions but Martina McBride’s acapella version carries the message of the song on voice alone. Beautiful.
“Christmas Time in Texas” addresses those areas that don’t have snow for Christmas but it’s still Christmas with different traditions. George Strait has several outstanding versions of holiday favorites and others such as “New Kid in Town” on older Christmas CDs.
Grown Up Christmas List from Amy Grant mixes the reality and “jaded” of an adult with the hope that someday we can make real change in our world in ways that aren’t commercial.
Merry Christmas From the Family is for those who may not have the warm fuzzies for Christmas. Montgomery Gentry tells of the family in all it’s “dysfunction” but still together for the holidays.
Wherever you are celebrate the season with good music, friends, family and love.