If there’s such a thing as too much Christmas fun, we may have done it this past weekend. Call it a little over indulgence wrapped up in pretty red and white candy cane packaging.
No need to hash out all of the tedious details, but as the weekend fun wore on and we drove from (genuinely fun) activity to activity listening to some of our favorite holiday tunes in the car; I started thinking about how part of the magic of Christmas really is the music.
My boys and I had an unexpected opportunity to listen to a short hand bell concert where they featured many classic Christmas carols and familiar songs. About halfway through the performance, the director invited the audience to sing “O Come All Ye Faithful” along with the bells.
To hear, on cue, a room full of complete strangers join together in chorus was really very joyous. People of various ages, backgrounds and places of origin came together without prior practice or arrangement and made beautiful music, together.
I can’t think of another season that has music so intimately interwoven through each day. The Christmas season just wouldn’t be the same without it. Music gets us into the spirit of the season, it has the power to brighten our days and bring back memories of childhood.
We hear the stories of Christmas through music and we know them so well that we can sing, on cue.
As you go through the next two weeks be sure to sing with your kids, teach them the songs that you know and love and find meaningful. Give them the gift of a Christmas music memory that they can experience year after year. Even in unexpected ways.