I have always loved Christmas music! When I was little I used to listen to Christmas music all the time. My 2 favorite were the Chipmunks Christmas album, and a recorded live children’s Christmas Party. OHHHHH they were so fun!
YES, they were 8 track tapes! What’s an 8 track? Well, they were the popular way of distributing music for our listening pleasure. This was before cassette tapes. What’s a cassette tape? OH Boy. . . . I’m really telling my age here, aren’t I!? LOL Cassette tapes were before CD’s, and now we all download our music digitally. There you have it in a nutshell. Okay, back to the story!
I played these tapes over and over and over and over. I had them memorized forwards and backwards. It was like an escape, on any given day or month, right back to the joy and happiness that Christmas brings. Of course, my favorite Chipmunks song was their “Christmas Don’t be Late”. ALLLVIINNN!!!!
The Christmas Party album was perfection (to me) so it’s hard to choose just one favorite! Perhaps, “Frosty the Snowman” and “The Littlest Angel” would be my top two. But then there’s also “Up on the Housetop”, and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, and “Here Comes Santa Claus”. . . . Seriously, such a great album!
I played theses albums so much that my Sister and Brother told me that it was ILLEGAL to listen to Christmas Music when if wasn’t Christmas time! I BELIEVED Them! For a very long time I believed them. Like for a Really, Really Long time!! At least a couple years!
Naturally, once I realized they had told a Big Fat Fib. . . I played it louder and more often.
Years later, once my nieces were old enough, to sing a long with me, I introduced them to playing Christmas music anytime of the year. I had them with me for a fun summer day. We were in my car and I popped in some Christmas music. They were a little shocked at first, then realized how fun it was to enjoy our beloved Christmas joy anytime’ of the year! I also shared with them what their Mom and Uncle had done to me years before! Of course, once they were home the first thing they did was tell my sister that we had been listening to it. We all had a pretty good laugh. It’s actually become a tradition for us to call or text each other if we hear Christmas music playing when it isn’t Christmas. Such as when the local radio stations, sometimes, celebrate “Christmas in July”! If they don’t celebrate it then I definitely do and share the experience with my family.
Even though I love Christmas and Christmas music, I did go through a period of time where I did not listen to it or even really enjoy it. Unfortunately, my Daddy passed away on Christmas Eve. Afterwards, I didn’t care about listening to the Chipmunks, the Christmas Party or even watch any Christmas movies. I struggled with feeling depressed, sad, angry, and as if I shouldn’t enjoy holidays anymore. I was so engulfed in grief. |
Then, with time, my “happy” came back. I realized my Daddy would not want me to miss out on living life to the fullest and enjoying the things I loved. Even though he wasn’t here to enjoy them with me, I knew he’d always be with me in my heart!
Now, listening to it, throughout the year, helps me deal with losing Daddy, on Christmas Eve, puts a smile in my heart knowing that he’d be shaking his head and laughing at me and my quirkiness!