Thursday, December 17, 2009
Advent Calendar--Grab Bag 2
I've always loved Christmas music. In school we would sing Christmas carols. At church we would sing Christmas hymns. I loved walking into a store and hearing Christmas music. I enjoyed being in the band in junior high and high school and playing Christmas music every day for much of November and December. I loved singing with the choir at church and preparing for Christmas by singing Christmas carols. As a teenager one of our church activities just before Christmas was to ride on a hay wagon or in the back of a truck up and down the main street in our town and sing Christmas carols. We always had hot chocolate and cookies or doughnuts afterwards. As an adult I've gone with groups to sing Christmas carols at rest homes which can be a very emotional experience. The first year that I lived away from home going to college it snowed early, and the radio station started playing Christmas music. My roommates and I felt so much in the Christmas spirit that we started baking cookies and singing along with the radio. One of the highlights I remember from living in Salt Lake City was the year I took one of my daughters with me to see the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's Christmas Concert that was being recorded to be broadcast on PBS. Christmas music has made a big difference in my life. If I'm feeling discouraged, I can start playing Christmas music and it helps me feel better.