I think that, as I’ve gotten older, the thing about Christmas that excites me has changed. For one thing, “stuff” doesn’t have the same impact; not that I don’t love my Hess trucks, or whatever else I get. What I’ve discovered, though, that the more items you have, the more you have to deal with.
What I DO love, though, is the Daughter’s feeling of anticipation about the holiday. Watching her enthusiasm is actually better than my own feelings.
That said, I appreciate the opportunity to sing music of the season, mostly familiar, but some not.
And even though the Christmas eve service is pretty much the “same” every year, it always manages to feel brand new.
eXtra special day
So I wish for you and yours, a happy/merry/joyous holiday.
And I hope you leave the wrapping paper on the floor, or the dirty dishes in the sink, a little longer today.
The Bells of Christmas by Julie Andrews, from an old Firestone Presents album that I still own. My first favorite popular Christmas song. (And my album pretty much sounds like this one!)
Getting Ready For Christmas Day by Paul Simon. Most recent favorite pop Christmas song. Built around a sample of pastor J.M. Gates preaching in 1941,