November 29, 2010: Christmas is Still Alive in America

by Mary Galvano

This past Friday, I traveled with my choir from church to sing in the Candlelight Processional at Epcot. There were over 300 voices joined together to sing songs of Christmas. Isabella Rossellini was the narrator for the show. Isabella was so gracious and kind. When she visited the choir before the performance I got choked up because she looked so much like her mother, Ingrid Bergman.

While we were performing on stage to a sold out crowd my thoughts started to drift a little to the commercialism that the media seems to have on the spirit of the Christmas season. We keep hearing of how we need to be politically correct with the holidays, but yet it seems that on the biggest shopping day of the year, Black Friday, at one of the most popular places in the country, Epcot, and it being a part of Disney, a media giant, we were singing about the Holy Family. Not one song we sang was secular, nor was Disney worried about offending the public with Christian music. What an example for us all.

The narrator, Rossellini, read a beautiful story of Jesus’ birth and His life here on Earth. It was not just history being read but the story went into the sufferings Jesus took on for all of us. One part of the story spoke about how Jesus never had a degree from a university or was wealthy but yet he was the great, holy King of the world.

As we got to the end of our repertoire of songs we ended with Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus. Every person in the place immediately stood up and joined in! I started to tear up because in this world today you don’t expect this kind of reverence anymore, especially in a theme park. This proves that people are still focused on Jesus and the true meaning of Christmas in the United States. Then, Isabella Rossellini ended with saying Merry Christmas in five different languages because she comes from different nationalities.

This experience brought to my own life such hope. Don’t tell me Christmas is not still happening here. Let the media say what they want, the true meaning of Christmas will always be here in America as long as Jesus is here with us and no one can kick Jesus out of America, or any country for that matter. He is the Ruler of the world and the King of kings.

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