At this time of the year, we sing a lot of songs that are part of Christmas traditions. So far it doesn’t look like this year the chances of a White Christmas are very good. We can sing about Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, On the First Day of Christmas and lots of other songs like these.
When you think of Spanish songs for Christmas, often what comes to mind is “Feliz Navidad, we want to wish you a Merry Christmas.” A favourite here, Silent Night, becomes Noche de paz, noche de amor or night of peace, night of love; all around are sleeping, the stars shine their light and announce the baby Jesus. One of the first Spanish Christmas songs I learned in the Dominican Republic was A Belen A Belen pastores – To Bethlehem, to Bethlehem shepherds go to Bethlehem; the greatest love of all loves has been born in that place. Another often heard song is En Cristo si hay Navidad. This one says in Jesus there is Christmas; what the world offers is lies. Don’t change Jesus for a party at the end of the year. He has given peace. Don’t exchange Jesus for vain things. Sound a bit like the expression “Jesus is the reason for the season.”
In the song about Rudolph, there is a line that says Rudolph will go down in history. The story of the birth of Christ is greatest story of all history. Let’s remember Jesus and the real reason for Christmas this year.