Monday, December 15, 2008
Songs for the season
The high in my neck of the plains this morning was -9. I won't mention the 25 mph winds and snow.
So, what do you do on a frigid December day in Nebraska?
Completely immerse yourself in the season!
You bake Christmas cookies. And to really add to the feel of the season, you turn on your favorite Christmas tunes.
I have very few Christmas cds, but the ones I like, I like a lot.
One of my all time favorite Christmas songs is the one in the video above. Although I'm not fond of Clay Aiken's version. (I've heard more passion opening a can of tuna.) I heard "Mary Did You Know" the first time in church when Rick and Cheryl Higgins, a lovely couple from my community, sang it.
My skin textured with goosebumps when Rick hit that big note. Yeah. Good stuff.
An Omaha musician by the name of Heidi Joy recorded my favorite version of "Mary Did You Know."
I have other favorite Christmas tunes, too. My daughter, Molly, and I often sing O Holy Night together in church on Christmas Eve, but I'm not sure we'll ever top The Judds version of that song. I've also been known to jam out with Burl Ives while decking the halls; who can resist "Holly Jolly Christmas?"
I mean, c'mon.
Tonight (even though the windchill index will dip well below zero again) my 13-year-old daughter, Molly, will sing at her school's Christmas program. Although I'm not a huge fan of sitting in a crowded gymnasium with 1,500 other parents, I'm very excited about hearing Molly sing again.
Last year, she sang Stille Nacht (scroll to the bottom of the page when you follow the link), and I still tear up listening to her.
Christmas music doesn't get much better than than...in my honest mom-pinion.
What's your favorite Christmas song?