The snow’s coming down. I’m watching it fall. Lots of people around – baby please come home. The church bells in town all ringing in song, full of happy sounds. Baby please come home. They’re singing “Deck the Halls,” but it’s not like Christmas at all, ’cause I remember when you were here and all the fun we had last year…
Written in the early 1960s, this song was first recorded by Darlene Love in 1963 and is considered by many to be one of the greatest Rock-n-Roll Christmas songs of all time.
This song is not alone in its sentiments (as we will see in some upcoming posts). It acknowledges that difficult place many of us find ourselves in when our loved ones can’t be near us for Christmas. It is unclear within the song if it is because they are simply apart, there was a death, or they are estranged. However, the singer is feeling their love’s absence acutely.
No matter the reason, it is key for all of us to remember that people around us may be experiencing the holiday season very differently than we are. So be sure to show mercy and kindness as well as cheer to all you meet – because there is always more to their story.
Lessons & Carols – Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day