By Martha Williams

Time seems to be flying now, as we come ever so much closer to Christmas.

From New Year’s to Easter always seems to take forever to me and then from Easter to the end of the year time seems to go exponentially faster. The perceptions of old age, perhaps.

Now brings me to my favorite time of year, partly because of the music, but mainly because we celebrate God’s greatest gift to us. Not only our religious songs but some of the more popular ones are beautiful as well.

“Mary, Did You Know?” is such a lovely song, both in music and lyrics. I have to admit, some of the secular tunes are kind of cute, though some would say they detract from the real reason for the season.

Yes, “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” makes us laugh but maybe that laugh helps to lighten the stress level of all the extra work and shopping we get involved in as we try to make everything just perfect for our families. It’s on Sunday, when we sing those wonderful old Christmas hymns that I just can’t get enough. Even so, we don’t necessarily have to be in church to hear them. One of the stores I was in a few days ago was playing Christmas carols. As I looked for the things on my list I suddenly realized that I was hearing “Oh, Holy Night,” one of my favorites.

The music of Christmas is some of the most beautiful. When the various churches have musical programs, I wish we could continue with the songs of the season all year.

One of our traditional programs will occur soon. The 48th annual Singing Christmas Tree at Foursquare church will take place from Dec. 7-10 at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and twice on Sunday — at 11 a.m. and again at 7 p.m. Admission is free, and it is always a wonderful program. With five repetitions, you should be able to find one that fits your schedule.

And it’s also time for Grace Lutheran’s yearly series during Advent. Each Wednesday evening, beginning Dec. 6 at 5:15 p.m., there will be Advent season Vespers — sunset prayer services. Following these, at 6 p.m. there will be a family dinner, devotions, and crafts.

Then there is the drive-thru Nativity at Calvary Chapel of the Redwoods Dec. 16-17. This free display will be available to see 6:30 p.m.- 9 pm.

Seems to me there are other yearly programs still to come so please be sure to let me know what your church is doing through Advent and Christmas.

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