Taking It Deeper

Lyrics

Deck the halls with boughs of holly,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Tis' the season to be jolly,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Troll the ancient Christmas Carol,
Fa la la, la la la, la la la.,
Don we now our gay apparel,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

See the blazing Yule before us,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Strike the harp and join the chorus,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Follow me in merry Christmas
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
While I tell of Yuletide treasure,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Fast away the old year passes,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Hail the new, ye lads and lasses,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Sing we joyous, all together,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Heedless of the wind and weather,
Fa la la la la, la la la la la la la la

 

SCRIPTURE REFERENCES

Psalm 4:6-7 (ESV)

There are many who say, “Who will show us some good?

Lift up the light of your face upon us, O Lord!”

You have put more joy in my heart

than they have when their grain and wine abound.

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Psalm 5:11

 But let all who take refuge in you be glad;

let them ever sing for joy.

Spread your protection over them,

that those who love your name may rejoice in you

TID-bits

  • Deck the Halls is all about decorating and making a merry space to celebrate the most joyous holiday of all.
  • Talk about how your family decorates using a nativity set.
  • Talk about how it is more than just a decoration, how it represents everything about the Christmas season.

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  • Talk about your favorite decoration, maybe it’s something that was handed down to you, maybe a special homemade ornament.
  • Talk about how a decoration like that can help you remember your past with fondness.

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  • Encourage the listener to celebrate what God is doing in their life by commemorating it with a special ornament or decoration.
  • For instance, you could say something like “my daughter started playing the flute this year, so we bought her a flute ornament.” or “My wife bought hourglasses for our family members to signify how precious and fleeting the time we spend with them is.”

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  • Take the line “tis the season to be jolly” and talk about Christmas parties.
  • Talk about fun ones you remember, or ones you look forward to each year.
  • Remind the listener that Jesus came so that we can have that kind of joy 24/7.

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  • There’s something about a line like “tis the season to be jolly” - it’s in a language that we don’t speak anymore.
  • We don’t tend to use words like “tis” and “jolly” in normal conversation nowadays.
  • Remind the listener that Christmas is all about remembering glorious things in the past - going all the way back to the beginning of our calendar,
  • ...and remembering how the birth of Jesus then changes our future.

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  • Talk about decking yourself out in festive apparel, or about some of the silliest Christmas-wear you can remember in your family.
  • Talk about how stuff like that results in great family memories that you end up laughing about, and how that is a gift in itself.

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  • Talk about a family Christmas story, like the one Christmas where it did snow, and how you couldn’t ride the new bike you got.
  • Remind the listener how blessed they are to have great memories and great stories.
  • Remind them to “tell of these Yule tide treasures” and to enjoy the connections they bring with loved ones.

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  • One chorus reminds us of how “fast away the old year passes,” and how we should “hail the new, ye lads and lasses.”
  • Encourage the listener that God is there to give them a hope for the future.

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  • The final chorus says “Sing we joyous all together, heedless of the wind and weather.”
  • That’s a perfect line to go into or come out of a wintry weather forecast.”

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  • Here’s a fun family memory maker:  Tell the parents that every time they hear those repeated requests from their child for the “toy they just gotta have” they should stick their fingers in their ears and shout out “Fa la la la la, la la la la.

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