David Crowder Shares Details About ‘Playful’ And ‘Spiritual’ New Christmas Album

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David Crowder Shares Details About ‘Playful’ And ‘Spiritual’ New Christmas Album

By Movieguide® Contributor

Worship leader David Crowder, known simply as Crowder, recently announced his newest Christmas album just in time for the holidays. 

Milk & Cookies mixes holiday classics with original songs that explore the deeper meaning of Christmas. 

“I went into this album knowing that, for some, the holidays are not the best time ever,” Crowder explained. “There’s a lot of sadness wrapped up into it. Most of that has to do with either people we’ve lost or inability to get home or no home to get back to — family issues that keep us separated from one another.” 

He continued, “To me, the whole miracle and the magic of the Christmas story is relationship. It’s built on relationship. So I think that pain that we feel and that sense of being separated, it’s a perfect mirror for what the story is about. It’s about the created being at a distance from their Maker and for God making a way back into communion with Him.” 

The mix of sillier songs and serious tracks is something Crowder is familiar with when it comes to Christmas. 

“We had Santa Claus and Jesus sitting right next to each other and we had a manger, little Nativity scene full of GI Joes and Star Wars figures,” Crowder laughed. “There wasn’t a divide for us as kids between the playful side and the spiritual side.”

He continued, “So that’s what I’ve really tried to do with this Milk & Cookies [album] is keep the story that’s the best story ever been told on the planet, right up against these mythological ideas of what it looks like to grow up hoping that there’s going to be something in the stocking when you wake up in the morning. I feel like most of the stuff that we experience around the season point to what is the miraculous — that there was the best gift ever given, and it was to make a way back into relationship with our Creator.” 

This isn’t the only Christmas project Crowder has been working on recently. He had a hand in THE GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY CHRISTMAS SPECIAL. Movieguide® previously reported:

Christian singer David Crowder recently said in his household, they wait until after Thanksgiving to put up Christmas decorations.

“We’re a post Thanksgiving family,” Crowder told Relevant Magazine. “I grew up that way. It’s hard for me to talk about it. You don’t start holiday songs till the holidays there. We got to get through pumpkin spice before you get to the Wassail. One beverage at a time. Let’s keep them separated.”

However, this year, Christmas came early for the Crowders after Marvel approached the Grammy Award-winning artist about using his house for an upcoming project.

Crowder recalled.

Here’s what happened. We had Christmas at our house happen early this year because this is the most bizarre story. Got a knock at the door. They’re these people and they’re like, “Hey, we are with Marvel Studios and we’re going to do…” You know Marvel. They make the superhero films.

They’re like, “We’re with Marvel and we are going to do a Guardians of the Galaxy Christmas Special.” They told us the plot of it and I’m like, “Okay, first of all, that may be the funniest joke ever in cinema.” They said the plot deal is that the Guardians want to give a gift to Star Lord, to cheer him up. They think the best thing they can give to him is the person, Kevin Bacon. They’re going to go kidnap Kevin Bacon from Earth, who they would like for Kevin Bacon’s house to be our house. They want to break into our house and steal Kevin Bacon. I’m like, “Wait, what? Rewind all of that because that’s magnificent… and yes, absolutely!”

We’re like, “Are things going to blow up because you’re Marvel, you blow things up. Please, are you going to blow up our house? Please say yes.” We were up for it. We were like, “Whatever Kevin Bacon needs, he’s given us enough.” Then we win the game forever too. I’m like, “Does this mean we get to win the game? We’re zero degrees away.” They’re like, “Yes, you would win the game and you would.”

Here’s what happened, when Marvel does Christmas time, because it’s set at Christmas time, and they do… it was Marvel Christmas. I think they purchased all of the inflatable Christmas blow-up things for yards available. Our whole yard was just blow-up Christmas. Then inside there were obviously decorations, but they’re what they have… they call them stunt trees. It’s not stunt person. No. These are stunt trees because we have a tree that’s going to be in the front foyer. Of course, it’s going to get destroyed. What else are Christmas trees for in movies?

If you see a tree in a movie, you know it’s going down. This tree goes down and they immediately have backup trees. They’ve got backup stunt trees that have been decorated exactly like the tree that went down. You’ve got to have that continuity. They got a continuity editor. He’s like, “Oh no, that ornament’s off.” No. They had all these trees. We counted 15 to 16 stunt trees and they were storing the stunt trees in our bedroom. We would go to bed at night in a forest of Marvel magic and wake up. You know when you get a good sleep and you’re like, “I don’t know where I am. I don’t know who I am. I don’t know what’s going on”? Okay. It was like that for every morning, for a month, waking up in a Marvel forest.

Milk & Cookies is available to stream now!