--If Music be the Food of Love, play on
We did something shocking at our church this past weekend. It was Saturday, the night before advent. So we decided to have a "Not Christmas Music Concert". Ensembles and soloists gave a concert where the birth of Jesus or the coming of Santa Claus was not mentioned once. Such a concert would not be much of a surprise in May or June. Then you would expect songs about springtime and blossoms. In September you might sing about going back to school and the coming of fall. However, a "Not Christmas Music" at this time of year, although liturgically correct, seems strange to a 21st century ear when the stores muzak has been blasting Winter Wonderland since mid October and stores have been promising Christmas bargains for weeks. Society doesn't want to wait for Christmas like the church does. Society has been convinced that Christmas happens in the autumn (in North America) and not in the winter.