Well, Chan’s Christmas song post got me all nostalgic. 🙂
Some of my earliest memories of Christmas are steeped in music, probably because everyone from my parents and grandparents, to great uncles and aunts were all music lovers, with a number of musicians in the mix.
Come each December, and as soon as the winds turned chilly, the tunes on our tape player at home would change. Festive, sentimental, bawdy, you name it, we played it. Christmas was a time for all things beautiful, and it will always remain so in our family. If there is one time in the year when people all over the world can and do come together regardless of race, religion, culture or any of that, and they do it in wonderful examples of peace and love, it’s the holidays. And, there’s no better bridge to connect souls in such harmony than music.
The holiday season in our home though, always kicked off with two special Christmas albums. My parents were both huge fans of these particular artists, and playing their music first became a sort of tradition for us. In fact, it played so much, that even now if I hear a song from the albums sung by anyone else, I expect the one listed next to always play after, kwim? LOL
I’ve rarely begun my own holiday celebrations without blasting these two albums at high volume, because I’m old school to the core, and proud. In these albums, there’s something for everyone, some spiritual numbers, the more funky and dance-able tunes and soft wintry melodies, to family centered warmth and heart-tugging renditions of old and never forgotten romances.
I have a list of favorites in these albums, music which reminds me of my childhood and youth, my grandparents, parents, relatives, our neighbors and friends, all gathered together, sharing, dancing, laughing, and enjoying things of and from the heart. Because, it’s never about what you buy or have/don’t have, is it? It’s always who you’re with, who has chosen to be there with you, and what you do with that time together.
Now, I listen to these beautiful old songs with my children who being a bit older, are starting to appreciate the sentiment behind them, and when they attempt those same songs on their musical instruments when they come together to play with their dad in the evenings, it just melts my heart. There is no better feeling than watching beautiful moments of your own history coming to life again through your kids. Tradition is heart, and all hearts return home at Christmas.
Best of all, I hear my children sing along to the songs whenever or wherever they hear them, or join me in dancing to the more upbeat tunes, and again… Tradition. ❤
I hope you listen to the albums below and enjoy them as much as we did and still do in our home. I look forward to you sharing your favorite picks in the comment box with me, and wish you all wonderfully warm moments of beautiful reminisce this Christmas season.