I love Christmas music of all kinds. I love the traditional carols, I love the recently written songs about the true meaning of Christmas and the joy of family. And yes, I love the crazy Christmas songs that just make you smile, tap your toe, sing along and clap. One such song is “The Christmas Clap”, a hiphop-style song by B-Shoc and his buddy Mello. You should watch the youtube video if you want the full effect. Christmas deco, lights, cookies and wrapping paper abound, and you can make it into an exercise routine just by moshing and clapping.
But the reason I like “The Christmas Clap” is that the true message and meaning of Christmas is clear in this song. The lyrics say “You know it’s Christmas time. You know this light of mine. You know I’m-a let it shine… You know it’s Christmas time, so let your Jesus shine! Celebrate his birthday!” This Christmas let’s sing, dance, work out, and do the Christmas clap, but most of all, let’s “let our Jesus shine” through us as we love and serve and give. Let this Christmas be the biggest birthday celebration ever!
Psalm 47:1 “Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy.”
Questions to ponder: How do you “let Jesus shine” in your life in specific ways at Christmas time? Do you do special things at Christmas to highlight the fact that it is Jesus’ birthday—such as have a birthday cake for Jesus as one of your desserts? Brainstorm on ways to let the light of Jesus shine in your holiday traditions.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to shine your light brightly this Christmas. Help me to treasure the fact that Christmas is your birthday. Thank you, Lord, for loving me. Amen.
Jeannie Blocher is the President Emeritus and Director of Spiritual Impact of Body & Soul Fitness. She and her husband Roy founded Body & Soul in 1981, and now Jeannie serves in a volunteer capacity. She is an author and speaker, who treasures first her role as wife, mother of three and grandmother of eight. She wrote the First Place 4 Health Bible Study “Make Every Day Your Best Day” and the book “Encouragement for the Body & the Soul.” She enjoys speaking on behalf of Body & Soul, sharing the message of faith & fitness.
Contact Jeannie at firstname.lastname@example.org.