Now don't misunderstand what I'm saying! It's not that I dislike these songs...in fact I tend to enjoy them! (In particular, "Baby It's Cold Outside" has always been a favorite of mine!) It's just that they're not really about the Christmas season itself...they're about 2 people whose canoodling just happens to be taking place in a sleigh.
Yet, in a really strange way, it's possible that these love songs have more in common with traditional Christmas carols than many other songs that are really and truly about the Christmas season! Why, you ask? Because at their core, Christmas carols--and now I am using that term "carols" very narrowly to describe Christmas songs specifically about the Advent of Jesus—are all about love, aren't they?? The arrival of Jesus is rooted deeply in God's love! "Winter Wonderland" may describe a romantic love between two people, but "Silent Night" and "O Come All Ye Faithful" describe God's profoundly deep, powerful, and enduring agape love for humanity and His desire that they be redeemed. What better love song could there be? That, I think, is why Christmas carols have such power to move us...because they pay testimony to the fact that God loved and pursued us to the extent that He came in human flesh. That is an amazing love!
- Pastor Paul