The gift of music

I was recently asked if I would play some Christmas music with my cousin for our family Christmas eve celebration. As I pulled out my old sheet music and started to practice the songs that have been sung to me every year since my birth, I remembered just how beautiful the music really is.

It reminds me of my childhood when my grandmother used to read us How The Grinch Stole Christmas under the Christmas tree. And I remember the excitement of waiting for Santa Claus and trying desperately to stay awake to listen for the reindeer on the roof. I also remember singing Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer so many times that to this day that song is banned from being sung in our house.

But what I remember most is being in church, listening to the music, hearing the choir sing, literally like angels, and feeling a tingle down my spine as it all echoed through the halls.

The whole scene in my head reminds me of just how special music is. It stirs memories, it creates emotion, it brings us together. So whether it’s at a session, a concert, a church or even just someone walking down the street humming tune, take time to relish in the music this holiday season.

With that, I’d like to share with you one of my favorite Christmas carols – The Carol of the Bells by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. What’s your favorite Christmas carol?

Enjoy the music and happy holidays.

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