My 7 year old likes to rank things. He likes to know what’s best, what’s worst, who’s best, who’s worst. He constantly asking about our favorites. So, when he asked what my favorite things are about Christmas I immediately turned the question back on him. I thought, without a doubt, in that split second that I was waiting for his answer, it would be presents. He surprised me, though.His favorite thing about Christmastime is the music.That made my heart smile.Every morning, after breakfast is eaten and cleaned up, after everyone (or at least the majority of us) is clothed, we gather around the piano and sing. I love to sing. My kids love to sing. It brings a happy tone to each day– which is especially needed after a morning of nagging to get the dishwasher unloaded. Usually we pick a song from the Primary Children’s Songbook (if you click through to the song book you can click on songs to hear them). Now that it’s Christmas we get to branch out a bit. This is our favorite:
Tomie dePaola’s Book of Chrsitmas Carols. We found it at a library sale when we lived in Ohio and it has become a much loved favorite. It has all the standards, Angels we have Heard on High, Away in a Manger, Joy to the World, Silent Night, but it also has some that are less familiar like Oh, How a Rose ‘Ere Blooming, and The Friendly Beasts. It’s all these song coupled with the illustrations that make it so special.
We can never sing just one song. I think the shortest morning singing session we’ve had this month has been 20 minutes. Everyone has to pick a song, then remembers that they really wanted to sing another. We Three Kings is on regular rotation.
This morning I decided to it was time to make our morning music time a bit more interactive. I broke out the pipe chimes
There was much dinging and donging. We did get through several songs without too much silliness. Ian was actually really good at watching for me to point to his color usually dinged right in time. It’s alway fun and festive to have the bells out. Well, it’s fun as long as I pretend no one is fighting over who gets the light blue bell and I keep the yelling of ”Do not bang your bells together!” to a minimum. It seems that the best and most worthwhile things take the most effort. It certainly would have been easier to just leave the bells on the shelf in the basement.
But, it’s their favorite part of Christmas!
There will be much more dinging and donging over here during the next few weeks.
To top off this musical day, Brenna had her Christmas piano recital and did a fabulous job. She has become quite the performer– singing solos in church, singing with the Colorado Mormon Chorale’s children’s choir, and tonight playing Greensleeves beautifully from memory.
I think the music is my favorite thing about Christmas too.