So back to work after a lovely weekend. Along with some friends we attended the local ‘Carols by Candlelight’ performance on Saturday afternoon. It really gets you in the mood for Christmas. As I mentioned in my last post, music is a powerful force and at this time of year the history behind each seasonal tune can be strong. As I type this blog post I’m listening to the Vince Guaraldi Trio album on YouTube. They are the jazz group that did the music for the Charlie Brown’s Christmas special. (This show came into being the same year I did, so I’m kind of attached to it.)
If you’re a certain age you’ll also remember Jimmy Durante’s version of Frosty The Snowman, or Gene Autry doing Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, both in the soundtracks for the television specials way back in the 60’s-70’s. These songs have the ability to conjure up much more than 1/2 hour specials. Grandpa’s aftershave aroma, the red and green balls on grandma’s tree, getting a book of lifesavers every year from our uncle. So many good smells and tastes, people dropping by, high school students outside caroling, it seems magical now.
What are your holiday memories, have any of them defined your beliefs or framed your own traditions with your kids? Are there things you do each year that starts the season for you? “It can’t be Christmas until_____________happens?” kind of things? It’s a good time to reflect on what it all means. It’s not about shopping, racking up credit card bills or arguing about whose family you’ll be visiting this year. Take the time this season to look around at the faces of friends and family you have around you. When things get a bit hectic and you’ve just eaten your body weight in shortbread remember to take care of yourself. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.