A couple of days ago Old NFO mentioned he was having a hard time getting into the Christmas Spirit, and so Midwest Chick and now Borepatch are trying to get his jingles janglin'. I see no reason why I shouldn't help a fella out!
So NFO, let me tell you what I remember best about Christmas past. At some point in my father's ministry he turned the Sunday night service into mostly a hymn singing event. It was especially great around Christmas because we would spend nearly the entire service singing Christmas hymns. Don't get me wrong, I like the more pop-based Christmas carols, but the traditional Christmas hymns are what got us reaching down to pull out our best one song after another.
It was like that, only better.
Did I mention this was in south Georgia... in the '80s. There were members of our church who truly believed that rock'n roll was the Devil's music. For a time I was even convinced that "heavy metal" bands resorted to "backmasking" to steal people over. I'm not sure what the younger me would have thought of this if I'd ever been allowed to see it:
For you younger readers who may never have heard of "backmasking", it was when you take a vinyl record... What's that? What's a vinyl record? It's one of those... aw screw it! Let's just do this thing YouTube-style:
Merry Christmas, NFO!