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Good Christmas Songs with Strong Message

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I thought it would be good to start up a thread where we can share songs that have a strong message and focus on the message of Jesus Christ and the reason for His birth.

I'll start with a few that I've found, and you are encouraged to share your favorites.

"Happy Birthday Jesus" - Mike Douglas

"Christmas with a Capital C" - Go Fish

"Little Drummer Boy" (various artists)

"Angels We Have Heard on High" (various artists)

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The last few years, I have used a narration of the Christmas story from Luke. I do see some cars leaving when it is playing, but I get many compliments for having it in the show. Next year I will change the version, but I will not remove it.

Brian

Sola Gratia

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Most all of that Go Fish is good on "message" content.

The Bob Rivers novelty song "Decorations" has a bit about why the decorations are there and making God proud.

The Barenaked Ladies album "Barenaked For The Holidays" has a "hidden" track of "Happy Birthday To You" with Jesus in it. I plan to use that next year at least between animated songs. Very simple but well done.

I still will not use Chirstmas With a Capitcal C.... I think too many people will miss the point of the song and find it to be too preachy (for the non-religious types that don't get it) or offensive (for the religious types who don't get that the stand up comedy sample is the inspiration for the song, and not necessarily the message).

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I have the song Christmas with a Capitol C in my show and have had a very positive responce form it. I go out and visit with my visitors after the show to get feedback and to passout candy canes to the kids (of all ages)........several people told me that the wished it was played on our local radio stations.......

Foxxtrot

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I have the song Christmas with a Capitol C in my show and have had a very positive responce form it. I go out and visit with my visitors after the show to get feedback and to passout candy canes to the kids (of all ages)........several people told me that the wished it was played on our local radio stations.......Foxxtrot

I have the sequence but each time I put it on cars leave, I also had the song "Wise Men Still Seek Him" and no one stayed around for it either.

My friend in Langley,BC had the same issue with the Capitol C song by ....Go Fish......cars would leave and not return, once the song was removed the cars showed up.

Good messages indeed.....but rejected.

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In the past I have used: Emmanuel by Michael W. Smith (thanks to Daniel for the idea), Mary Did You Know by Clay Aiken, O Holy Night (by lots of people including Jewel this year), Light of the Stable by Selah, Welcome to Our World by Amy Grant, The Coloring Song by Petra, and others.

What I generally do is bundle "faith" songs and then follow them up with my fun songs.

Based on the feedback I get, alot of people really enjoy them.

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The Bob Rivers novelty song "Decorations" has a bit about why the decorations are there and making God proud.

That's exactly the portion of the song that has kept me from using it. If it was one throwaway line, I might let it pass, but the whole last part of the song is about how God's so proud of me because I put up too many lights. Since we do a faith-based display, I didn't think it meshed well.

-Tim

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I'd rather people hear that the lights are for Jesus than for Santa.

I just reviewed the lyrics to make sure I hadn't missed somethjing.

Personally, I can't imagine God/Jesus not being happy to see all the Birthday lights... *shrug*

There are really just 4 lines which make biblical reference:

God appreciates my plugged-in tribute to The Savior

God would love it if I could keep ‘em up till well past Easter

...

I’m putting up a manger station

Three wise men’s destination

"God appreciates my plugged-in tribute to The Savior". Any faith based display is really a happy Birthday Jesus display, so that sounds like a celabratory "tribute" to me. *I* certainly beleive that God likes the lights. I would think that if people thought God did *not* like them, they wouldn't have a display.. at least not one you might call "faith based"...

"God would love it if I could keep ‘em up till well past Easter" God would rather they last longer? Makes sense to me.

"Manger Station"? Interesting/humorous name for a nativity. Appeals to a wider audience. ....and afterall, aren't faith based displays all about spreading the word... perhaps to those who might not get the message otherwise?

"Wise men’s destination".... sure was.

All in all I really don't see a negative message here. The only risk I see is confusing thoughts of God appreciating lights with God thinking our lights are somehow better or more important than others, which would miss the point, I think.

Disclaimer - These thoughts are based on *my* religious beliefs. I certainly respect that others do not share them, and I am glad that everyone is free to believe what they choose to believe.

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Has anyone looked into traditional black Gospel?

Last season I picked up the CD "Miss Patti's Christmas" by Patti LaBelle.

There are two songs on there that is just scream to be programmed, "The Nativity" and "Jesus, Oh What A Wonderful Child." They have a heavy traditional Gospel-style and a great beat as well as a dead-on message.

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Most all of that Go Fish is good on "message" content.

The Bob Rivers novelty song "Decorations" has a bit about why the decorations are there and making God proud.

The Barenaked Ladies album "Barenaked For The Holidays" has a "hidden" track of "Happy Birthday To You" with Jesus in it. I plan to use that next year at least between animated songs. Very simple but well done.

I still will not use Chirstmas With a Capitcal C.... I think too many people will miss the point of the song and find it to be too preachy (for the non-religious types that don't get it) or offensive (for the religious types who don't get that the stand up comedy sample is the inspiration for the song, and not necessarily the message).

I think "It's About the Cross" by Go Fish would be a good one.

I use an edited version version of Capital C. I did not care too much for the "comedy" sample.

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I like Michael W. Smith's "

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Its got a great musical into and a good message. Kind of a mix of a few songs.

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"Jesus Born on this Day", originally by Mariah Carey, but I like the Avalon version much better. We've used it in our show for a few years.

Here's a 2-year-old video of our display using it. Since that time I've greatly expanded the sequence to incorporate our leaping arches, etc...

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Is anyone using any NON Christmas Christian songs in there display? This past year I have been going thru all of our non Christmas cd's to find songs that have a good message on them that would also work for Christmas.

When going thru them with the wife about a month back, jokenly I told her "hey I think I found a perfect song" then started to play Take Me to Your Leader by the Newsboys. She didnt think that song would work to well. LOL

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Is anyone using any NON Christmas Christian songs in there display? This past year I have been going thru all of our non Christmas cd's to find songs that have a good message on them that would also work for Christmas.

Closest we've come is using "It Is You" by the newsboys, which I thought was pretty appropriate for Christmas... We also used "We Need Jesus" by Petra the first year we did music, before we did synced lights...

-Tim

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I try to look for songs that fit my display. some of the songs from point of grace christmas cd's are really good. there is a great christmas story narration from John Tesh.

AMy grants chrismts cd's usually have a good pick. However everyone has thier own Idea of how they should share Jesus to their world.

JR. I like to use clips from Disney cd's this year im opening with the birds from the tiki room followed by a piece of the soundtrack from their remember dreams come true fireworks show and a piece of thier castle lighting. in my new show christmas wishes.

My pastor is helping me create a dialoge that moves away from my santa scene and the other fun. into my nativity. " God had a christmas wish too. his was to renew his relation ship with the man he created. he did this by sending his only son to be with us. Here is his story... "

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Speaking of Bob Rivers' songs, what do you guys think of using "Goin' Up to Bethlehem"?

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Speaking of Bob Rivers' songs, what do you guys think of using "Goin' Up to Bethlehem"?

I like that one. I've considered using it but haven't yet.

Biggest problem is that it definitely skews older (CCR is even a little before my time :) )

-Tim

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I've fell in love with "Let there be Light" by Point of Grace.

It's really neat...and it's up beat for a great "flashy" Christ-centered song. The girls do such a great job in this song. I fell in love with it after seeing GordonLight's Video...it's outstanding! I've also listened to a few other songs on their CD and liked them. I'm also using my friend's Christmas CD...she had a Christmas concert with all faith-based songs, so I'm gonna try to incorporate "local" music into my display!

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The last few years, I have used a narration of the Christmas story from Luke. I do see some cars leaving when it is playing, but I get many compliments for having it in the show. Next year I will change the version, but I will not remove it.

Brian

Sola Gratia

Why are you changing the version?

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Most all of that Go Fish is good on "message" content.

The Bob Rivers novelty song "Decorations" has a bit about why the decorations are there and making God proud.

The Barenaked Ladies album "Barenaked For The Holidays" has a "hidden" track of "Happy Birthday To You" with Jesus in it. I plan to use that next year at least between animated songs. Very simple but well done.

I still will not use Chirstmas With a Capitcal C.... I think too many people will miss the point of the song and find it to be too preachy (for the non-religious types that don't get it) or offensive (for the religious types who don't get that the stand up comedy sample is the inspiration for the song, and not necessarily the message).

The unbelievers well not get the message if no one tells them, and as for being offensive, well .........the bottom line is does God find the song "Christmas with a Capital C " offensive. The truth is the bible says "Let the redeemed of the Lord say so"......a prophet in the old testament said "I cannot but speak His name"

I use the song and it clears the streets but it is not me they are rejecting but the Saviour. I will use that song again this year.

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This is my first year for doing a light show and it will be small to start with, but I plan on using the song Christmas with a Capital C right after I do a manger scene with the reading of Luke telling about the real reason of Christmas. No one may stay and watch it but I will enjoy it just the same. After all this is what Christmas is all about.

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Why are you changing the version?

No particular reason other than to have different narrators. The one I have used in the past is from the KLOVE radio station's Christmas CD with their deejay's.

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No particular reason other than to have different narrators. The one I have used in the past is from the KLOVE radio station's Christmas CD with their deejay's.

At least your getting the word out and that is what counts. We need to kindle a fire in the heart of a lost soul......and that is one way of doing it.

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