Saturday, November 5, 2011

Creeping into Christmas

by Lorna Barrett / Lorraine Bartlett / L.L. Bartlett

I love Christmas music and have quite a few CDs.  Yesterday I found myself going through them and sorting them into categories.  Okay, which ones are "safe" to start playing.  The instrumentals, yes.  But which ones?  I have so many, and quite a few of them are similar.

I have a thing for piano Christmas music played in the background.  Just nice, quiet music that isn't overpowering.  So while I was working on the day's word quota (which actually involves decorating for Christmas, so playing Christmas tunes did help to get me in the mood) I had on the first of the piano CDs.  But instead of being in the background I kept noticing how sad, really morose, this piano music was.  Thank goodness I didn't spend a lot on that CD, because it's going back in the drawer.

All of this did not go unnoticed by Mr. L, who is of the opinion that Christmas music should be played ON CHRISTMAS DAY ONLY.  That could be because we have at least one local radio station (the only one he listens to in the car) that plays ONLY Christmas music from Thanksgiving until New Years.  And they don't seem to have as big a Christmas music selection as I have.

The poor man is terrified that for weeks on end he'll be subjected to Dominic the Donkey, I've got a Hippopotamus For Christmas, and maybe worst of all The Chipmunks.  ::Shudder::

Well, isn't my piano music far more preferable than THAT?

What's the first thing you do to get into the holiday season?