Do You Hear What I Hear? Bing Crosby
Matthew 1:23-25 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.” 24 And Joseph awoke from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took Mary as his wife, 25 but kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son; and he called His name Jesus.
Christmas Of Simpler Times.
These thoughts of mine were posted last December. Even though a year has passed, the memories that are so special to me cling to my soul. But, these are my memories; what about yours? Let your mind roll back, “so many years,” and let it collect some of the special times that are so special to you. You might even want to share them as a comment on this blog.
The year was 1959. The month was September. I had just started sixth grade in Gretna, Louisiana. I would spend the next three years at the same “Grammar School.” My life was common to those of my school mates. I lived in a small house that was located only about three hundred feet from my school. At lunch time, I could go home, or go to a nearby grocery store and buy a “po boy” sandwich (French or Italian bread with ham, turkey, shrimp, or oysters, mayonnaise, lettuce and tomato slices). I could also have my lunch at school where we would have tasty red beans and rice, with links of smoked sausage, every Monday. I would arrive at school every day early enough that I could play basketball or jacks. I might also shoot marbles or try to sharpen my yo-yo skills. When we started our school day, we would say the pledge to the flag, and the Lord’s Prayer. We had real Christmas holidays, and real Christmas programs at school. We would sing Christmas carols, which included biblical songs. The school would give the children song sheets that showed the words of those biblical songs. Teachers were free to talk to their classes about their church lives. Most of my friends watched the same television programs. We didn’t have cable tv or dish types, so our selection was limited to traditional network programming. The programs were family oriented and were not restricted to “church and state” limitations. The Beaver Cleaver family went to church and Sunday School. Andy, Barney, Aunt Bea, Opie, and Gomer were shown in church, even when Gomer might fall asleep and snore during the “Reverend’s” sermons. When Christmas Eve would finally arrive, my family would sit around the tree; my younger brother and sister and I would wonder about what we would find there in the morning. As a much younger child, “I could have sworn” that sometime during the night, “I had heard reindeer sounds in the yard!” Seriously! The Christmas programs that were produced and shown by ABC, NBC, and CBS did not hide the fact that “Jesus was the reason for the season.” Television hosts did not omit “Jesus” from their discussions when they were talking about Christmas. Jesus was truly “God with us” in the tv programs of those Christmas seasons. Please take time to play the videos that I have selected, and see that there was truly a much simpler time of Christmas in our nation’s not too distant history. You will notice three mainstays of television entertainment, Bing Crosby, Perry Como and Andy Williams. Neither of those men were hesitant to say the name of Christ, our Lord. Christmas programs were telecast during the month of December each year. No other month of the year would have had the audience viewership at such a level as to make the Christmas programs effective for the cause of telling of the birth of Christ. Please enjoy the videos and have a very Merry Christmas. May God bless you, and may God bless the USA!
The Bells Of St. Mary’s
O Holy Night
The Lord’s Prayer
Perry Como Live
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