Christmas Music

Christmas piano recitalHere’s my 2013 Christmas piano party/recital group. They represent one of my favorite parts of the Christmas season: the music. It is so enjoyable to hear young kids learning to create music — and wonderful childhood memories — on their own.

I have so many pleasant memories of Christmas music. Take Charlie Brown’s Christmas music theme. Can you listen without being pulled back through the years to days when the wait from December 1 to December 25 seemed interminable? I can’t.  “Let There Be Peace on Earth” will always take me back to Christmas Eve church services, standing along the perimeter of the sanctuary with our own little candles, hoping that no one’s hair would ignite (it did happen one year).

Hallmark Christmas cassettesRemember back when Hallmark stores gave customers a free cassette of Christmas music each year? I still have several, and yep — I still listen to them. Last year, I noticed that one was starting to sound a little odd, but they’ve held up amazingly well considering most are 20+ years old. I enjoy the beautiful music to this day.

Every year, various outlets publish a list of worst Christmas songs. And while I am certainly tired of “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer,” and as a piano teacher I cringe when the book opens up to “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” most all of it is lovely to me. Give me any of the traditional Christmas carols, and even the lighter fare like Frosty and Rudolph. One of my games at the Saturday party was for the kids to guess as many as they could of 15 Christmas songs I played. It amazes me that many of today’s kids just aren’t familiar with a lot of the traditional Christmas carols.

How about you? Do you have a favorite Christmas song? A least favorite?

5 thoughts on “Christmas Music

  1. My favorite Christmas carol is There’s A Song In the Air. Sadly, it is not even in our hymnal – although we basically no longer even use a hymnal. It’s mostly put up on a screen these days. Is this progress? Hey, I’m getting off topic here. . .

  2. My two favorites are Infant Holy, Infant Lowly and the Wexford Carol. I was also missing There’s a Song in the Air and I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day – seems like I haven’t heard them in ages. Of the fun secular songs, I think my favorites are I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas, I’ll be home for Christmas, Silver Bells, Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire, and Walking in a Winter Wonderland.

  3. One of my favorites is Oh, Holy Night. I also love The Birthday of a King, or is it “the King”? One I’m not very sold on is We Three Kings. Perhaps because it is written in a minor key.

  4. Susan hit the nail on the head for me with her likes and dislikes. I do not appreciate the corny novelty songs, except for “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”. That one is OK. I love White Christmas, The Christmas Song, and I’ll be Home for Christmas (if only in my dreams), which is especially poignant with grandson Landon over in Japan in the Navy this Christmas! Then there’s Silent Night and O Holy Night that must not be overlooked. I love to sing and play all of them for most of my life.

  5. I like “There’s a Song in the Air”, mentioned by School Marm. But I think my favorite is, as others have also said, “O Holy Night”. The third verse is practically a praise chorus.

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