Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Midweek Musing: Singing Christmas 2


Songs from the other side 


Of course, there are many sides to this festive season. Christmas is not the only festival celebrated at this time of year. I love this fun nod to the breadth of the season from Glee characters singing for Hannukah.


Then there's this very fun Christmas Can Can, telling the story of Christmas season madness (and Hannukah):

 

Since my tradition is Christian, I'll stick with Christmas: which can be blue, too. Another Glee song from the other side of Christmas, is River, singing missing a loved one.


In many Christian communities, a 'Blue Christmas' service has become a new tradition in the Advent season. These gatherings are spaces in which to remember those who have died, who are far from us for any number of reasons, to hold in our hearts others who, to be held if we ourselves, are lonely, angry, ill, struggling in other ways. 




This is my favourite song from the other side of Christmas, giving voice to some of the most forgotten of our communities: the imprisoned.

In Australia, it is not only the convicted who are sentenced to be detained, vulnerable, innocent, frightened people are held in prisons off-shore, out of sight, out of reach of our compassion, so it seems. Many of them will not hold Christmas as their sacred festival at this time of year. That they are not like 'us' is no reason to diminish their humanity and our own.

As we tell again the story of light born in a darkened world, of a family in a long line of families who experienced persecution and exile, who sought refuge in foreign lands, I cannot help but wonder what foreign land have we wandered into, this land of fear – and how can we sing songs of God to lead us home again?

1 comment:

Marnie said...

Very well said,I couldn't agree more. And what's more. many of the politicians who spread this culture of fear and hate call themselves Christian. It makes my blood boil...