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Artistic Genius: Christian Singer David Crowder Has Fun with Gift of Songwriting, Releases Creative New Holiday Album

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The first Christmas was filled with incredible joy from on high, but also tinged with sadness and hardship on earth.

Christian Singer David Crowder has released a holiday album filled with classic Christmas songs but also songs that acknowledge that Christmas can also be hard.

“I went into this album knowing that, for some, the holidays are not the best time ever,” Crowder said.

Crowder spoke with The Christian Post and discussed his motivation. “There’s a lot of sadness wrapped up into it. Most of that has to do with either people we’ve lost or inability to get home or no home to get back to — family issues that keep us separated from one another.”

“To me, the whole miracle and the magic of the Christmas story is relationship,” he said. “It’s built on relationship. So I think that pain that we feel and that sense of being separated, it’s a perfect mirror for what the story is about. It’s about the created being at a distance from their Maker and for God making a way back into communion with Him.”

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While Crowder wants to be authentic about the complexity of emotions and relationships at the holidays, he also is nostalgic about silly songs at Christmas.

He has strong memories of learning the true meaning of Christmas growing up with his family but also enjoying some happy, silly songs. He shared a glimpse of that this week by playing a clip of “The Elf Song” on Twitter.

“There wasn’t a divide for us as kids between the playful side and the spiritual side,” he says.

So with “Milk & Cookies, A Merry Crowder Christmas,” he’s tried to retain that mix of knowing Christmas is about Jesus but also being excited about what’s in your Christmas stocking.

On the album, listeners will enjoy hearing traditional Christmas songs like “White Christmas,” “Carol of the Bells,” and “Go Tell It on the Mountain.”

But the Texas native also sings comical songs with a message like ““The Ballad of Mrs. C (She’s sick of the beard).” He explains that song is a message about taking a Sabbath and knowing sometimes you need to rest from ministry.

“Crowder and his wife, Toni, of 30 years, served at University Baptist Church in Waco, Texas, for 16 years.

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He said the song was a fun way to express that because work in ministry and life, in general, can be tough and stressful, taking time to rest provides the strength to ‘plow through some stuff when you don’t feel like plowing through it.'”

“I feel like most of the stuff that we experience around the season point to what is the miraculous — that there was the best gift ever given, and it was to make a way back into relationship with our Creator.”

Sounds like the Christmas we know and love.

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Lori Stanley Roeleveld is a writer, speaker, Christian coach and disturber of hobbits who enjoys making comfortable Christians late for dinner. She’s authored five books with a sixth on the way. Though she has degrees in Psychology and Biblical Studies, Lori learned the most from studying her Bible in life’s trenches. Rhode Islander. Wife, mom, grandmom, retired homeschool parent, part-time giant-slayer. Visit her at www.loriroeleveld.com.
Lori Stanley Roeleveld is a writer, speaker, Christian coach and disturber of hobbits who enjoys making comfortable Christians late for dinner. She’s authored five books with a sixth on the way. Though she has degrees in Psychology and Biblical Studies, Lori learned the most from studying her Bible in life’s trenches. Rhode Islander. Wife, mom, grandmom, retired homeschool parent, part-time giant-slayer. Visit her at www.loriroeleveld.com.




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