Oh don't worry, I haven't converted to Christianity.
For the past 25 years or so, I have attended a performance of Handel's Messiah every Christmas. It's one of my most favourite seasonal traditions. Musical snobs sometimes turn up their noses, sniff disdainfully and call Messiah an old chestnut. And indeed it is! But old chestnuts attain that status for a reason -- they touch something so deep in so many people that they become a beloved musical icon. Nothing wrong with that!
Even if people don't know the full oratorio, everyone knows the Hallelujah Chorus. Here's a cool video of it with colour-coded lyrics to visually demonstrate the complexity of the choral arrangement:
This month I'm going to feature several Messiah-related posts on the blog. Tomorrow -- how can a self-respecting Goddess-worshipping pagan love this musical monument to patriarchal Christianity?