I have to confess something.
I love Christmas.
I really do.
Or that’s how this post was supposed to start before Jayde-Ashe at The Paperbook Blog beat me to it. Oh, well.
There are things about Christmas I don’t like, like the way it has become all about stuff and all the whack-jobs and Scrooges (“Christian” and non-Christian) who suddenly get on their soapboxes to proclaim why we shouldn’t be celebrating Christmas. I could probably think of more, but I don’t want to right now. This post is about loving Christmas.
What I love most about Christmas is the music. I also like giving the people I love gifts. I’ve never been that big on decorating for Christmas – that’s the wife’s department – but this year I got into that as well. In fact, I got a bit too into it this year…
It started with the wife decorating the tree:
Looks nice, doesn’t it? Then I decided the clock needed decoration as well…
I fetched a Santa-hat belonging to one of my puppets and put it on…well, perhaps it’s better that I just show you…
And then Santa-hats started popping up all over the place…
I think I should remove myself from decorating duties once again. I clearly have a problem.
But as I said, what I like most about Christmas is the music. Our wealth of Christmas carols and hymns include, to me at least, some of the most triumphant and most hauntingly beautiful melodies ever composed.
One of my favourites is The Carol of the Bells and my new favourite version of that carol is the one by Pentatonix. The discovery of this amazing group and this song in particular cost me an entire day’s worth of writing in the middle of NaNoWriMo – I just couldn’t stop listening to them. They have since also done excellent versions of Little Drummer Boy and Angels We Have Heard On High, but this one is still my favourite.
Enjoy it with me.
And as a bonus, here’s the new PianoGuys video as well. Enjoy!