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Christmas With A Capital “C” (December 1)


To view the entire 2011 Christmas Carol Advent check out our Christmas Carol Advent index page.



Story Behind the Song

From the album titled Snow, “Christmas With a Capital ‘C’” is performed by the group the Go Fish Guys.  Go Fish is a popular Christian groups whose music, for the most part, targets children but with an “adult friendly” sound.  In other words, it’s kids’ music that most adults don’t mind listening to.  However, their harmonic Christmas album Snow is wonderful for all ages and includes this song which has had a viral response on the internet with over 9,000,000 views of their YouTube video.

Commentary & Analysis

This song revolts against the current cultural trend which tries to separate Christ from the celebration of his birthday.  Go Fish defiantly reminds us that “It’s about the birth of Christ, and you can’t take that away.”   No matter what our society does with Christmas, as Christians we must remember what the day is really all about.  It’s about the birth of our savior Jesus Christ.  In the second verse, the song introduces the basics of the gospel – that we all sin (“God’s got a law and we pretty much destroyed it.”), that we will be judged (“We’re gonna get judged, there’s no way to avoid it.”), and that Jesus came to be our savior (“But Jesus came down to take the punishment for me.”).  Ultimately, that IS what Christmas is all about!

Questions for further Reflection / Devotion

The following questions are meant for your reflection and/or devotion.  Feel free to meditate on them, discuss them with your family or others or post your responses here.  I would love to hear from you.

  1. Do you believe that Christmas is being hijacked by our culture?  Remembering that our battles are not against the powers and principalities of this world, what role, if any, do you think Satan has in the process?
  2. Do you get so caught up in the trimmings, decorations, shopping and presents that you lose focus on the real meaning of Christmas?
  3. Is the real meaning of Christmas something that you really celebrate, or do you just give it some lip service because it seems like the right thing to do?
  4. Do you ever find yourself mad because someone has wished you “Happy Holidays” rather than Merry Christmas?”  How do you handle that?  Do you show appropriate grace in those situations?
  5. What is one thing you can do this year to focus you and/or your family back on Christ during the season and on Christmas day?


It’s called Christmas!

Well I went to the coffee shop to get myself a mocha,
The lady at the counter said “Happy holidays”;
I said, “Thanks lady, I am pretty happy,
But there’s only one holiday that makes me feel that way.”

It’s called Christmas, what more can I say?
It’s about the birth of Christ
and you can’t take that away.
You can call it something else,
but that’s not what it will be.
It’s called Christmas with a capital “C.”

God’s got a law and we pretty much destroyed it.
We’re gonna get judged, there’s no way to avoid it.
But Jesus came down to take the punishment for me.
He did it for you too, so maybe you can see . . .


It’s called Christmas!
It’s called Christmas!
It’s called Christmas!
It’s called Christmas!