Celebration can go any number of different ways. For me, it is always accompanied by song. I enjoy singing and making music – singing, piano, accompanying others, French horn, and more. Celebration is joy and music is joy so the two just naturally go together for me.
During the holidays, we have several expectations, some of which we just aren’t going to be able to do this year. One of these is caroling with our church family. We will still do caroling within our family but we all enjoy traipsing around the town and countryside singing carols to those who cannot get out for one reason or another, or just who may need some joy. We will miss that this year.
Last year, Miss E sang at a local retirement center. We had planned to add the violin and the guitar to the program this year. Again, not happening. What will happen is that Miss L is putting the finishing touches on a holiday concert that we will record or do via Facebook Live. I am looking forward to sharing this celebration of the season with you all!
This year, we have had several sessions of sitting around singing. Whether it be just off the cuff or with a CD, singing songs at this time of year is just part of the happiness. We grab one of our many songbooks of Christmas songs and just have fun.
Another joy this year has been the girls singing and working together to learn songs on their instruments. Miss L, as I mentioned, has been working on her violin program. Miss J has been working with her guitar. The other day, Miss L helped Miss J because she was getting frustrated. They spent about 2 1/2 hours together in a bedroom secretly working on a performance for us. Miss J played her guitar and Miss L helped her with the ukelele. All of a sudden, Miss J loves playing the guitar and has spent quite a bit of time this week playing Christmas songs for me.
This is what music is about. Joy. Hope. Fun. Sharing. Making yourself and others smile.
I could go on and on about the other benefits of music but really, it makes life better. What more do you need. Celebrate with songs today. Don’t wait. You’ll be smiling because you did.
Related posts about singing in our home:
Why A Piano Is Important
Singing Through December, Part 1
Singing Through December, Part 2
Lori, At Home.
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