When I wrote this song, I tried to imagine all the things that drive me crazy about Christmas yet connect with all the things I love about Christmas. I pictured myself window shopping in an old town square. Strings of over-sized white lights stretch from every building and every street corner toward the courthouse, making an idyllic Christmas tree. Wreaths on doorways. Garland on street lamps.
I walk past a shop, bumping into other shoppers. Everyone bundled up. Frosty breath. Shoulder rubbing and hopping for warmth.
Noses pressed against store windows. Lines forming for door-busters.
And in all the hustle-and-bustle, I stop in front of a busy window. People crowding to see the latest-and-greatest. The display packed. Overwhelming.
But nestled in a back corner, I see a tiny nativity draped in lights. Almost unnoticed. Almost undetectable. Smothered with noise and lights.
Then I wrote
Another crazy Christmas, workin' on my list
Wonderin' what gifts to buy
Runnin' past a window filled with decorations
Something else caught my eye
Jesus in a manger,
lights all around Him
Noise and hustle are
tryin' to drown Him
felt like I heard Him say
Even for just a moment
Fall in My arms wide open
The baby in the manger - now in your heart
Never meant for you to fall apart
I am here now
When you listen to Crazy Christmas, I hope you feel the gentle tug and whisper to be still, to breathe, and to fall into the arms meant to give you peace and strength.
I wish you a calm, peaceful Christmas.