Clergy Corner: It doesn’t have to be a ‘Blue Christmas’

Chrismon service pays tribute to those we miss during the holidays File PhotoPastor Ronald Ritter, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. ■ By Ronald Ritter / Contributed Christmas 2017 is the 60th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s recording of a piece of secular music called “Blue Christmas.” The words of “Blue Christmas” stand in stark contrast to virtually all other Christmas music in the non-religious category. The carefree playfulness of “Frosty the Snowman,” the cheerfulness of “Jingle Bells,” the untroubled Christmas Eve navigational expertise offered by “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” and the lighthearted journey of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” offer a fictitious Christmas world where everything turns out all right

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