As we are surrounded by the sound of Christmas music at this time of year, we cannot avoid being much aware of Christmas and its meaning.
Naturally, my thoughts return to those canyons at Ima in which we sang the old fashioned Christmas carols at home and at the Christmas Tree at the school. We also heard them on the radio if we were fortunate enough to have a battery for the radio.
As the music is played these days, we hear so much that we may not take the time to concentrate on the meaning or even really hear it because we have become so accustomed to tuning out the noise around us. We also have some of the music we would rather not hear because it has little to do with the true meaning of Christmas.
As a child in those canyons, I learned to appreciate the meaning of several of those Christmas carols, most especially “Silent Night.” After learning the words to it, I began to associate many of them with my surroundings. Just the silence in those canyons let me feel the silence talked about in that carol. “All is calm, all is bright” did not force me to use my imagination as young ones might have to do today because they have not experienced the silence, the calm, or the natural brightness that can be found in the country.
I could go outside and feel the calm along with the silence and could see how bright those canyons were under the clear, starry sky. I could then understand the meaning of that beautiful carol and the meaning of the birth of Christ.
Fortunately, I can still feel the silence, the calmness, and the brightness as I recall those nights. Of course, trying to find that real silence is almost impossible in town. I have learned to look inward to find all three and can still enjoy those feelings as I listen to that particular carol. I guess I have the most difficult time in finding the real brightness of any star as we look at the sky here in town because we are surrounded by artificial lights that dim the stars, making many of them almost impossible to see.
During these last few days before Christmas, let’s try concentrating on the story of the birth of Christ instead of all the surrounding noise. Let’s try to set aside one evening to drive into the countryside in order to get away from the noise, activities, and lights of town so we can really appreciate more of the meaning of Christmas and can wish each other a Blessed Christmas with a heartfelt meaning.
Lynn Moncus is a Tucumcari resident and can be contacted through the Quay County Sun by calling 575-461-1952.