On the seventh day of Christmas, my About guide gave to me, seven songs for caroling...
Music is an amazing force. It can cross language barriers, help teachers reach an autistic child and bring a smile to your face where there was a frown. Maybe that explains why I love Christmas songs despite my having little connection to the religious element of the Christmas holiday.
Last weekend, a singing group that my husband and I started performed a holiday concert that included a sing-along of classic Christmas songs: Jingle Bells, Joy to the World, O Come O Come Emmanuel, The First Noel and O Little Town of Bethlehem. We planned to perform just two or three verses of each carol, but the audience was having so much fun that we kept going into the unfamiliar verses. I think everyone left the church with a warm glow -- I know that I did.
It's easy to groan when you turn on the radio to yet another cover of a Christmas song, but music can touch us in important ways like nothing else. How are you incorporating music into your holiday observations this year?
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