I’ve been listening to a lot of Cellophane Dion’s Christmas album lately. I am attracted to it by a well-balanced presentation of Christmas standards and other material, including strong orchestral adaptations such as “O Holy Night” which leads off the album, “Ave Maria”, “O Come All Ye Faithful” which features the full-on choir and pipe organ, “The Prayer” with Andrea Bocelli, and the reflective “Lullaby”. Other highlights include a slow, sultry blues adaptation of “Blue Christmas”, an up-tempo cover of John Lennon’s “Happy Christmas (War Is Over)”, and “I’m Your Angel” featuring thug/playa extraordinaire R. Kelly.
What’s not to like?
Well, there’s just one problem. Cellophane Dion is not the best thing in the world to listen to if you’re single and still out there looking for Mr/Mrs. Right. If you listen to other albums that she has done over the years, you will find that an awful lot of her material has to do with the subject of love. You will come away with the impression that if you are not in love or if you have not had the experience of being in a meaningful romantic relationship, then you are missing out on something which is profoundly important and essential to having a happy and fulfilled life.
This is especially true of the Christmas album. As I listen to this I have visions of myself walking through winter snow (not a whole lot of that here in Georgia but what the hell) and having an all-out blast with my imaginary significant other (“I don’t need no Santa Claus cause I’ve got you”), or sitting by the fire with my imaginary significant other and pondering with her about how another year has gone by and she’s still just as lovely as ever while hearing her say the same to me.
Unfortunately it isn’t just Cellophane Dion or the Cellophane Dion Christmas album. This album, and many other Christmas albums as well, arise out of a culture which places a supreme emphasis upon love and family, and which values love and family as the most supremely important aspects of Christmas. Christmas is the time for lovers to revel in all the joy and happiness of their romance and intimacy; it is a time for families to come together and solidify the bonds of love and attachment that hold them to one another.
Not the best time of year to be single and still looking for Mr/Mrs. Right.
The one thing which we as singles can take solace in is that we are part of the family of God. Let us take pleasure in knowing that this is our time to celebrate with the family of God on one of its most special days–the day on which we acknowledge the birth of our savior Jesus Christ. It is through Him that we are in right standing with God. It is through Him that we are adopted into the family of God, with all the privileges and benefits thereof.
It is no small thing to be identified as part of the family of God. We don’t need no Santa Claus, and we don’t need no Cellophane Dion telling us that life is not complete without the experience of love.