A couple of weeks ago, we shared our favorite popular Christmas song, and today we expand this to our favorite hymn or carol. I wish I could tell you my favorite had some deep, hidden or spiritual meaning. I wish I could tell you that hearing it changed me from the inside out in a positive way.
But nooooooooooo, I love “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing.” And I enjoy it less for its lyrics or tune and more because it brings back fond memories of the end of A Charlie Brown Christmas. Remember? The kids begin arguing over the Christmas play—who gets to do what and when. In the middle of the ruckus, Linus dons his blanket like a shepherd’s head scarf, picks up the staff and shares the story of Jesus’s birth from Luke 2. The kids quiet themselves and listen to Linus as he shares the real meaning of Christmas. After, the whole gang lifts their voices to the heavens as they belt out none other than “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing.”
Call me crazy, but I get chills just thinking about it.
Leslie Porter Wilson