Tuesday, December 8, 2009

What Christmas Music Means to Me by Jen of Jenny Loves to Read

I asked for guest posts about Christmas music and Jen of Jenny Loves to Read rose to the challenge with this special post about the significance of Christmas music in her life. Also, she's currently celebrating her blogiversary so be sure to hop over and say congrats and get to know this wonderful woman. ;)

Music in general has always been a big part of my life growing up. My parents loved listening to music and would shut the television off every chance they could in order to listen to music. Certain songs bring me back to moments growing up; a car ride with my family, dancing around with my Grand mom (former jitterbugger at the USO hall), or my mom doing her arts and crafts. My eclectic taste in music comes from my parents.

Christmas music especially holds a special place in my heart and memories. Christmas was always a special time in our house because it was and still is my mom's favorite holiday. She goes out of her way every year to make Christmas special and about family. When my mom was 14 she lost her mother on Christmas day. It was a devastating and tragic loss, but the worse part was that my mom had very little family she could turn to. It wasn't until she met my dad and had us kids that she began to celebrate Christmas again. Christmas became like a remembrance of her mom, and the music was a big part of it. Not until after Thanksgiving was over, were we allowed to start playing Christmas music or taking out the decorations. We decorated to Christmas music, cooked breakfast or dinner to Christmas music, you name it we did it.

When Christmas Day arrived, the music was the cue for my brother and I that it was safe to come downstairs. We were not allowed down stairs until mom and dad had woken up and went to check that the coast was clear. Once downstairs, we would take turns opening gifts, all with the Christmas music in the background. We would eventually start singing too and it was usually the Frank Sinatra Christmas album. Frank was a favorite in our house and still is.

We never had a lot of money growing up, but my parents always made sure we had a great Christmas, by having fun with family with Christmas music setting the tone. Good music makes everything better.

**Amy here** For our listening pleasure, I've selected a Frank Sinatra Christmas song for us to listen to. :)


bermudaonion said...

What wonderful memories! We always open gifts with Christmas music playing too.

Literary Feline said...

Thank you for sharing some of your Christmas memories with us, Jen. I have quite a few fond memories from my childhood of the holidays as well, including the music. I love Christmas music. :-)

Toni said...

Awh Jenny...this is a great memory. I am so glad your mom can make this special for you still.

Beth Kephart said...

Christmas is not Christmas, without its music. Love the post.

Jenny Girl said...

Thank you everyone. It's important to remember what this season is all about: love, family, friends, giving, being good to one another, and your faith, whatever that may be.
Amy it was pleasure and I'm glad we have gotten to know each other over the past year. Here's to many more years and books :)

Anonymous said...

This was a very beautiful post and I really enjoyed reading it. It brought back some of my own Christmas memories: my family doesn't start playing the Christmas music until Thanksgiving either and we always cook and do housework to the lovely tunes. Its really nice to see all the Christimas spirit on the blogosphere. I love Christmas so much: it's one of the warmestk, most magical holidays!

Ronaldje said...

Less than one month to go... and Christmas will be here again!!!

Email me your top 5 of favorite Christmas songs and I will compile a top 10 of a very special edition of the Pmachinery Christmas Top 10.

You can send me an email until December 23, 2009.

Please write in the subject line: My Christmas Top 5.

Send your email to: ronald@pmachinery.com

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