Deck the halls with boughs of holly, 
Fa la la la la, la la la la. 
Tis the season to be jolly, 
Fa la la la la, la la la la. 

Don we now our gay apparel, 
Fa la la, la la la, la la la. 
Troll the ancient Yule tide carol, 
Fa la la la la, la la la la. 

This is one of my favorite traditional carols to listen to when sung acappella by a quartet…but I have never previously taken a closer look at its words.

Until now.

It really doesn’t have much to say about the reason for Christmas, apart from using the words Yule or Yuletide. The history of which refers to Winter Festival and celebrating the season.

But what do you do when there is no snow to make snowmen with, nor fancy new apparel due to a lean budget? Would this be a song we could sing when things didn’t look so good up ahead?

It struck me that the words to this song are as outdated in one sense as its language.

You can’t properly celebrate the season without celebrating the Season Giver, can’t you?

So singing songs about good cheer without the Good News become just words to choose depending on your circumstances, instead of celebration.

We are meant to celebrate and be sharing the Good News this and every Christmas.

The Good News of God with us.

Knowing God came to earth to live among us is only the first part of the Good News, and leads us to want to know why.

We are meant to celebrate and be of good cheer because God is here, always with us.

So decorate with holly, and party jolly, Molly, but don’t forget the real reason behind Christmas as you do.

The love that brought Jesus to live beside us is still here for you in the ups and downs of life.

I come from a Scandinavian background on one side, and have been curious about some of its traditions over the years.

Kris Kringle (aka what became known as Santa Claus here in North America) was a man who decided to share the birth of Christ in the form of small gifts for the neighboring children.

And look what business has done with gift giving and the season since.

May God help us to let go of what need to go, and refocus our time, energy and gaze on the reason for this season.


Not the glow of the lights.
Not the glimmer of gifts.
Not the chill of the snow.
Not the yummies to enjoy.
Not buying for show.
Not the bustle of on the go.


Historical Background:
Deck the Halls is a Welsh carol originally meant to be sung for New Year’s Eve, dating back to the 16th century. It was originally published in English in

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