In my house, it means I'm allowed to start playing Christmas music! Finally! Yes, I know to the rest of the world this is a bit early, but not for me. It's actually a bit late in my book. In case it's not glaringly apparent yet, I. Love. Christmas music! I can't really explain my obsession with it. Perhaps it's the melodies that lilt and flow like no others. Or maybe it's the way musicians arrange the songs, always finding new ways to orchestrate an old favorite or make it sound like another song entirely. Or is it the fact that I know almost every word to almost every Christmas song and have since I was five?
Inside the Time Warner building at Columbus Circle
Or maybe it's simply the promise of the season of giving, the season of love and joy, a time for family and friends. A time of reflection on yet another year almost gone, but hopefully well lived.
Well, those are my usual reasons for looking forward to Christmas, but as of 2009, Christmas has taken on an entirely new meaning. Why? Because on December 25, 2009, our little girl was born. I challenge any gift-givers to top that one! Ha!
Merry Christmas to me!
So now it's all about introducing Bella to all the things I love about Christmas: teaching her all the words to all the songs, taking her to Rockefeller Center to see the tree, going to see The Nutcracker in Lincoln Center, trimming the (fake) tree as a family, and one day I'll teach her how to make broccoli casserole, my favorite Christmas dish. Oh, and don't forget the Christmas village!
Of course, I also have the challenge of having her birthday on Christmas, but I figure we'll cross that bridge once she's old enough to care about birthdays :)
Bella in her "First Christmas" outfit
What about you? Are you like my husband and think that I'm out of my ever lovin' mind for playing Christmas music this early? Or are you too getting into the spirit already? Oh, and I'd love to know what's on your wish list! And what your favorite Christmas songs are! You know what? If you have anything at all to say that's Christmas related, I want to hear about it!
-Jerrica, Her Grace of Grammar