It takes me awhile to get into the holiday spirit. It’s not that I don’t want to be—I love giving gifts to my nearest and dearest. I think that the rest of the year is so busy that it’s hard to emotionally or physically break from my routine (if you can call it that—more like a steady stream of barely controlled chaos).
Once I’m in, though, I’m IN. This year, I went carolling with some friends and neighbors, and my inner Grinch/Scrooge was sent to the dark side of the moon by two kids in an upstairs window singing “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” at the top of their lungs while my frozen hands strummed along on my guitar down on the sidewalk below. I wasn’t at all prepared for that to happen, and so it happened all at once in a glorious instant.
I love xmas songs as well, and even though I’m not religious at all, “Silent Night” is quite possibly one of the simplest and most beautiful songs ever written, especially if you do the vi / II 7 add 9 first inversion over the end of the fifth line (I know, music geek!). And I don’t know about you, but “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” is my personal favorite holiday song of all time. It’s best sung in the key of F—the most sentimental of all keys—but I really have to sing it in either B-flat or C because of my vocal range, though I still try to fill it with all of the F-mushiness I can muster.
I also enjoy the chance to at least try to take a moment and reflect on the last twelve months and look ahead to the next twelve. I’m always in the process of evaluating and planning, but at this time of the year it’s with a different perspective. Maybe just a little extra hope and optimism, and just a little less cynicism and self-absorption. I’ve had a really exciting and full year, and I’m even more excited about all the work I’ve been doing in preparation for 2012. I’ve got another new song in the can, and with each chord and lyric I’m getting closer to another album . . . I’m like a kid on Christmas morning just thinking about it.
As a closing note to 2011, I would like to thank everyone for their love, support, and help in 2011, and to honor that sentiment by promoting a wonderful charity that I’ve come across. Project Night Night donates over 25,000 Night Night Packages each year, free of charge, to homeless children. Each Night Night Package contains a new security blanket, an age-appropriate children’s book, and a stuffed animal in a new canvas tote bag. 1 in 50 American children will face homelessness in their lifetime, and while we all work tirelessly everyday to make sure that this doesn’t happen to us and our closest loved ones, we should all take a moment to realize that it does happen to someone somewhere.
So my best to you and all of yours. Have a happy holiday season, open your presents with the naïveté and wonderment of a three-year-old, and I’ll see you next year!