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Reader feedback: Is ‘Where’s the Line to See Jesus?’ on your Christmas playlist?

It’s been a big year for Becky Kelley.
The Lipscomb University graduate, who met her husband at the McKnight Road Church of Christ in St. Louis, became an Internet sensation last year with the release of “Where’s the Line to See Jesus?” a Christmas song that owes its origin to Spencer Reijgers, the couple’s nephew. Reijgers, then 4, asked the now-famous question while waiting in line to see a mall Santa, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Becky Kelley (photo via www.facebook.com)

The resulting song and video went viral. The official music video on YouTube has surpassed 3.1 million views, and other versions of the video, scattered throughout the Internet, also have raked in the views.
The post we wrote about the song last year quickly became the most viewed item on our blog — until a certain 9-year-old recapped what he learned through daily Bible reading and stole the show.
Kelley has recorded a soon-to-be-released album of songs, says David Bearden, minister for the McKnight Road church. The Kelleys are members of the congregation, which has scheduled a Christmas Eve candlelight service focused on the song. (The congregation recently merged with the Mid-County Church of Christ in nearby Ladue, Mo. The combined congregation rolls out its new name on Jan. 8, Bearden says.)
Kelley’s song has attracted quite a following. She’s got more than 10,000 “likes” on Facebook (more than The Christian Chronicle , sad to say!)
And fans are singing her song, including, 8-year-old Chloe Channell:

And here’s a youth dance ensemble performing to the song:

Personally, I’m a bit of a Scrooge when it comes to Christmas songs that go for the heartstrings. I will say, however, that I very much prefer “Where’s the Line to See Jesus” to “The Christmas Shoes” by NewSong.
And I prefer both of them to my all-time, least-favorite Christmas song, Dan Fogelberg’s “Same Old Lang Syne.”
As for my favorite Christmas song, I have to go with “Snoopy vs. the Red Baron.”
What’s on your Christmas playlist?

  • Feedback
    Are you sure this is the message we want to send to the world? I like the song, but the Christmas Eve service service, et al, is a little much. What exactly are we worshiping? Unless I missed something we’re saved through the death burial and resurrection of Christ, I Corinthians 15: 12-58.
    Oh, and my favorite Christmas song is Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas”.
    Bruce Stroud
    December, 16 2011

    Yes Bruce, this is the message I want to send the world, Christmas is about the birth of Christ, our Savor, our way to Heaven, and not some old guy who gives you toys.
    Go to Becky Kelley web site ( www.wheresthelineforjesus.com ) and read the story of how the song came about.
    A four year old who was raised to believe Christmas was a time for Christians to get together and celibrate Christ birth.
    That four year old ask a guestion we all should of been asking, “where’s the line for Jesus”.
    I’m tired of sending the world a message kids here in the USA worship a old man who gives them all those worldly thing the parents can’t give them.
    That Christmas is all about money and give me give me give me!
    I taught my kids growing up the real meaning of Christmas and that the first gift of love came from God, His Son and that’s what we’ll to give on Christmas, our love to one another and to our Savor, Jesus.
    Now my wife and I have the joy of helping teach our grand children the reason for this season.
    Don’t get me wrong, we do buy a few things and we make things for each other, but we don’t blow a lot of money we don’t have.
    I beleive it starts in our heart, then at the church door, and finally on our knees at the alter.
    The most Important thing in Christmas is CHIRST!!!
    See you in church Christmas morning,
    May God Bless You with Riches of the Heart and only Love from the Heart.
    I believe “Where’s the line for Jesus” is on top my list this year
    Frank Koehnle
    December, 17 2011

    I agree with Bruce wholeheartedly .
    Sue Taylor
    December, 28 2011

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