Crowder's new Christmas album, Milk & Cookies, is a mix of having seasonal fun as well as sharing the sadness and depression that many go through during December.
"I went into this album knowing that, for some, the holidays are not the best time ever,” says Crowder in an interview with the Christian Post. “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."
The singer goes on to share that the beauty of Christmas is found in relationship. At the same time, it can be broken relationships that make the holidays so hard.
"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."
Crowder shares his own weird and wonderful childhood Christmas memories in the video interview.
"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. There wasn't a divide for us as kids between the playful side and the spiritual side. 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."
Crowder explains how Christmastime is a reminder of the best gift ever, which is 'to make a way back into relationship with our Creator.'
Crowder and his wife Toni have been married for 30 years. Many people assume this means life is easy and Crowder is quick to share that's not the case.
"It's tough to be working together, living together, trying to model what it means to be following Jesus, and in a public way. Everybody thinks, 'Oh, they've got it figured out. What a great couple these folks are.' Man, it's tough in the household. It's cold sometimes and you've got to choose to make time to foster stuff. You can't give if the well is dry. To find that rhythm is a difficult thing."
The couple served at University Baptist Church in Waco, Texas, for 16 years.