As many of you know, Christmas is right around the corner. For some, the pressure is on to find the perfect Christmas gifts for friends and family. Some aren't ready for the constant shopping commercials and the Christmas music to be playing from every radio channel. Lastly, there's that group of people that are so enlightened by the Christmas spirit that it is almost hard to not feel elated just being around them.
For me, I am in-between the elated group and the stressed group to find Christmas presents. One thing I do love though is Christmas music. Don't get me wrong, sometimes I think that the radio stations do play it just a tad early in November, but once I warm up to the idea I love to listen and sing along. Christmas music always evokes memories of family Christmas and my childhood. It's nostalgic to listen to songs and think of the many Christmas memories I hold so dear to my heart.
I love the traditional songs like O' Holy Night, Mary did you Know?, and of course Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Those are songs you just can't go wrong with. Recently though, my older sister introduced me to an A cappella group called Pentatonix. I know many are you are probably thinking "oh great it's just like Pitch Perfect." Which, it kind of is, I mean they are A cappella. Their rendition of Mary did you Know is enough to give someone goosebumps.
Christmas time is something that means a lot to me. It is not only the celebration of the birth of my Savior, but it is a time for family. To me, it means Grandma's homemade spaghetti and meatballs, hot roast beef sandwiches, and everybody fighting for seconds. It's 5 o'clock Christmas Eve Mass and then coming back to eat and be together with all my family, everyone crammed into my grandparents' house. Going home and going to sleep, still excited for the next morning. I love the traditions of making cookies with my family, exchanging gifts with my sister, and now the new traditions that we have started with my niece.
I know that Thanksgiving still hasn't come yet. To me though, it is okay to be excited for Christmas. Thanksgiving is almost like a preview of Christmas. My family still gets together to eat and talk, but there is just something that sets Christmas apart. Maybe it is because my family listens to Christmas music on Thanksgiving, making me always look forward to Advent and Christmas. Don't get me wrong, I love Thanksgiving, it gives me an excuse to eat until I am laying comfortably on the couch in my food coma, and it is a day where I show my thanks for everyone and everything in my life. But I just love setting the tree up, going through old decorations, and convincing my dad to not go all Clark Griswold on the exterior of the house. When I saw this video for the first time, I loved it because it evoked so many of my Christmas memories.
I'm encouraging all of you to enjoy Thanksgiving. Enjoy the time you spend with family or the time you spend with friends at school if you can't go home. I also encourage you all to get into the Christmas spirit as well. There is a lot of awesome things going right now for underprivileged children right here in Adrian and around the world. Try to help by volunteering your time or even giving a gift for these kids. It's also okay to be listening to Christmas music this early, I promise I'm not judging!
So here's to Christmas music, eggnog, cookies, family, Christmas movies, hot coco, snow, and everything else that makes Christmas so special.