Such a gorgeous song! I’ve shared this one before, too, but it is too beautiful to skip. Listen again:

This is one of my favorite new Christmas songs.

You are the new day.
Meekness, love, humility
Come down to us this day:
Christ, your birth has proved to me
You are the new day.

Quiet in a stall you lie,
Angels watching in the sky
Whisper to you from on high
“You are the new day”.

When our life is darkest night,
Hope has burned away;
Love, your ray of guiding light,
Show us the new day.

Love of all things great and small
Leaving none, embracing all,
Fold around me where I fall,
Bring in the new day.

This new day will be
A turning point for everyone.
If we let the Christ-child in, and
Reach for the new day.

Christ the Way, the Truth, the Life;
Healing sadness, ending strife;
You we welcome, Lord of life,
Born on a new day.
You are the new day.

In a discussion of our final paper topic and practice on narrowing essay topics, my Comp II class talked about hating Christmas, and why people do hate Christmas. Music was one of the reasons. Childhood trauma was another. The “soul-sucking money-grubbing corporate machine” was a third. There was also loneliness and having religion pushed at one. But music? They’re doing it wrong.

Christmas is being done wrong, by and large. As we wait with increasing eagerness, we should consider the possibility that Christmas could be a turning point for everyone. We could reach for a new day. Most of us won’t, but all of us can.