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When Should My Church Be Singing Christmas Music?
Christmas is a special time of year when people smile more, sing more, eat more, and spend quality family time to reflect on what's important to them.
For us as a church, we are getting on our "A-Game" in preparation for an influx of people to join our worship services in house and live stream. It's a great time to make an impression in the community and be a refuge for the people who are avoiding the shopping malls at all costs! For many, the Christmas season is important...and it should be. It's not every day that the secular world talks about the birth of our Savior so openly.
Christmas music just might be one of the biggest driving forces for the church this time of year.
Because many who are unchurched love Christmas music. They love to sing about the sleigh bells and be comforted by the chorus of Silent Night. It's during Christmas that you'll find many non-churchgoers enter through your doors simply to hear Christmas music. Some may argue that this is not a good reason for them to come...but getting non-believers to come to church is a great thing despite their initial intentions.
So if we can agree that Christmas music is a big deal...the question is this; When should we start singing it in our churches congregationally?
Listen to the radio
Your local radio station is a fantastic indicator of when it's an appropriate time to start your Christmas music at church. Once you start hearing it played in the mainstream, you know it's time to start planning or playing.
Listen to your people
If the people in your church start making mention of it...that's a good indication that they want to hear it. With the exception of those "unique" individuals that listen to Christmas music in July, you'll start hearing your people make mention of it aloud. You could always ask a few of them too.
Listen to other worship leaders
If you find yourself not planning out/playing Christmas music while all of the other worship leaders you know are...then you may be behind. Be in the loop with other worship leaders. Try joining a Facebook group such as the Worship Leaders Collective so you can see what others are doing.
Listen to your heart
When we say listen to your heart...please don't think of that one-hit-wonder by Roxette. We're talking about using your intuition and your gut feeling. You obviously are a capable person if you are successfully leading a congregation on a regular basis. You know your church's traditions and what your people and community likes. If you don't...just ask. Don't over-complicate this and make it into more than it is.
When it comes to this year...
Everything we just said is sound advice for a normal year. 2020 was far from normal. We're still in the midst of COVID, and people are starving for hope and good news. Across the world, we're already seeing signs of Christmas.
Radio stations have already introduced Christmas music playlists. On Nov 5, iHeart Radio launched its "50 Days of Christmas Countdown".
Coffee shops like Dunkin and Starbucks have already introduced their Holiday beverages and decorations.
Retail stores, shopping malls, and even some towns have already put up the Christmas decorations.
If there ever was a year you could introduce Christmas music early, it would be this year. If you typically introduce Christmas music in the second week of December, try the first week. You could even introduce one song in your set the last week of November!
We'll say this much... if you decided to start incorporating Christmas music now, nobody would be upset!
Speaking of Christmas music... did you know you can create song collections for all your favorites? Check it out:
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