Music is a must in life.
And Christmas is just not Christmas without music. Not for me anyway.
Music can soothe the soul like nothing else. It can create joy and smiles when the heart is heavy. It can create a spot of hope, even in the darkest moments. Music reaches deep within where nothing else can touch.
With that in mind, I’ve decided to share some of my most favorite Christmas carols with you today — songs that I have treasured since my childhood. Maybe hearing some of my favorite music will inspire you to find the music that helps your heart and souls to feel warm.
Let’s start with this one. The music and harmonies are just so incredibly beautiful. The children’s cartoon Christmas Special of “The Little Drummer Boy” was my favorite every year. Did you see it? It was this song that taught me that music can be a very powerful gift.
I cannot remember ever having a Christmas season without singing “The First Noel”. It had to be on the list.
Plus I have a funny memory relating to this song. We had window banners that my mom would put up every year. There were four fuzzy green felt banners, one for each letter of the word Noel. I thought they were wonderful, and I loved the golden fringes at the bottom of each banner. They were a picture of a something beautiful for me.
Our first year of living in Canada, we were having a great day putting up our Christmas decorations. It was a very white and snowy Christmas that year! We were so proud of our little decorated house!
My dad came home, later that afternoon, and had a funny look on his face as he walked through the door. I was sooo proud of our decorations, I didn’t expect that look. He kept chuckling, and giggling, and chuckling some more. Finally he asked my mom about what kind of weird message was she sending out to the world. We all looked at him with confusion. It was the Christmas story after all. What was funny about that?
He took us outside to see what he found so funny.
“Who’s Leon?” He asked, giggling again.
Sure enough, our beautiful fuzzy green and gold Noel window banners had been hung backwards. We were wishing everyone a Happy Leon, not a Christmas Noel!
I laughed and laughed and laughed. I didn’t know any Leon’s, but I still wished them a very Merry Christmas. That year, and every year since. :)
** Please note…. While some Christmas scenes can be painfully triggering to dissociative trauma survivors, please note that no one gets hurt in this video. These children are finding the beauty in Christmas. They are building nice memories.
Another life long favorite of mine is “What Child is This”. I have always found the music and melody of this song to be so so so pretty. It reaches deep into my heart. Please have a listen to this incredible version of an already beautiful song.
I hope my musical walk down memory lane helps to inspire you to let music bring peace and joy to your heart and soul this holiday season.
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