My local radio station started playing Christmas music before Thanksgiving. Listening to this station I will hear It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year at least six times a day. This is the time of year for all artists to sing Christmas songs, whether they should or not. Some artists do a beautiful rendition of Silent Night. The other night I heard a rap version of it. Silent Night with people screaming and gun shots in the background was a far cry from the song’s title.

One song that’s made it into the standard mix is My Favorite Things. How is this song related to Christmas? It was in the Sound of Music, a movie about pre world war two. There were Nazi’s in the movie, but I don’t recall Christmas trees. Nonetheless, when I hear it I quietly sing or hum along as I can’t carry a tune.

Yesterday I was in a store and the owner was singing along to Frosty the Snowman. She sang loudly and badly, but she had enthusiasm. I hummed quietly along to the song I’ve heard every year since birth. The good thing about Christmas music is it’s the same year after year, so if you don’t know the words the first time, you’ll learn through osmosis. I envied the lady her bravery.

I hesitate to sing in public when I get the desire, recalling a childhood memory. One year we went caroling with our church group. It was a cold, blustery night. When my father started to sing Silent Night, my mother looked at him and in a hushed voice told him, “You’re terrible. Shut up.” So, the entire night, he stood in silence, trembling from the cold and holding a candle which the wind blew out. Our house was silent that night and for a week afterward. It definitely was not the most wonderful time of the year.

My local radio station started playing Christmas music before Thanksgiving. Listening to this station I will hear It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year at least six times a day. This is the time of year for all artists to sing Christmas songs, whether they should or not. Some artists do a beautiful rendition of Silent Night. The other night I heard a rap version of it. Silent Night with people screaming and gun shots in the background was a far cry from the song’s title.

One song that’s made it into the standard mix is My Favorite Things. How is this song related to Christmas? It was in the Sound of Music, a movie about pre world war two. There were Nazi’s in the movie, but I don’t recall Christmas trees. Nonetheless, when I hear it I quietly sing or hum along as I can’t carry a tune.

Yesterday I was in a store and the owner was singing along to Frosty the Snowman. She sang loudly and badly, but she had enthusiasm. I hummed quietly along to the song I’ve heard every year since birth. The good thing about Christmas music is it’s the same year after year, so if you don’t know the words the first time, you’ll learn through osmosis. I envied the lady her bravery.

I hesitate to sing in public when I get the desire, recalling a childhood memory. One year we went caroling with our church group. It was a cold, blustery night. When my father started to sing Silent Night, my mother looked at him and in a hushed voice told him, “You’re terrible. Shut up.” So, the entire night, he stood in silence, trembling from the cold and holding a candle which the wind blew out. Our house was silent that night and for a week afterward. It definitely was not the most wonderful time of the year.

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