But this Christmas song by Audrey Assad, "Winter Snow," shows a different aspect of the traditional nativity story.
The birth of Jesus as a Jewish infant happened in relative obscurity-- at the time, the Roman Empire was a major force in the world, Palestine being just one of many small provinces ruled by the might of Rome. Although a few shepherds told their story of an angelic message to the townspeople in Bethlehem, for the most part the birth of this jewish peasant was quiet and mostly unknown.
Audrey's song uses the simile of being "like a winter snow" to describe the coming of Jesus "falling from the sky in the night to the earth below." The arrival of Christ is celebrated in the song, but she points out something that is easy to forget in the clamor and fanfare of our Christmas holiday-- that his coming was "quiet and soft and slow."
Here is the song, in a video created by Jóel Rósinkrans Kristjánsson with some nice images AND the lyrics:
Audrey has created two new albums since the first. Her three albums are The House You're Building (2010),
Heart (2012), and Fortunate Fall (2013). "Winter Snow" is a part of Chris Tomlin's 2009 album, Glory in the Highest: Christmas Songs of Worship.