It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
That is, once all of the concerts are over and suddenly you are 3 weeks into December with no gifts for anyone. Concert season should really be called Black December.
I saw something posted in a music teacher group on FaceBook (yes, I belong to a music teacher group on Facebook….) that said, “My holiday colors are solid black.” It’s funny because it’s true!
I can’t even remember the beginning of December because I had a to-do list that would make you think I haven’t been doing anything since the previous December. Plus, with a choral conducting husband, our lives are double the amount of crazy. Between getting sick (who has a sinus infection? This girl!), weekend events, attending school functions, and sleeping, we didn’t get to decorate our home until a few weeks into the month. In addition, our cat, Howard, the apple of my eye, is preventing us from doing anything to our tree as he keeps climbing it, or moving the tree skirt to a completely different area of the house. I’m surprised the tree hasn’t fallen down yet. At least it’s pre-lit.
I just made it seem that I am all about decorating and that I may be slightly disappointed that we aren’t too seasonal here at the Brazell home. In all honesty, I’m not a great decorator, and there are only 3 things I really love about Christmas:
1. Christmas Carols. Not to stereotype myself, but there’s something about a group of strangers knowing the words and melody to the same songs. Carols are so simple yet beautifully written. In my professional opinion, there is only one carol that is poorly written and should be eliminated from the world, and that is Auld Lang Syne. I think someone highly intoxicated wrote it, and that’s why no one really knows the words. (Because there must not be any real words). Anyway, I love when all of the Christmas specials come on public television, like the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, or St. Olaf, etc. Handel’s Messiah, Rutter’s Carols, The Belmont University Christmas special. So great. You think it’s nerdy, I think it’s Christmas-y.
2. Christmas Cookies. My gosh. The last week of school is when students and/or their mom’s start baking, and some of them really excel at the art of Christmas cookies. The last few days of school were a complete sugar high, but it was fine because they tasted so amazing that it was worth it.
3. Spending time off, and spending time with family. One of the perks of being an educator is the 2-week break for the holidays. After concert season, music educators really need the time to get healthy, rest, and re-charge for the next semester. I’m excited to actually eat meals with my husband that aren’t time sensitive, wake up and drink coffee while I watch the Today Show, and travel to see both of our families for longer than a weekend. Plus, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the year and plan for the next. More on that another time. 🙂
So what have we learned today? Cookies are great, Auld Lang Syne is the worst, and I have an extreme amount of shopping to do today.
May your holidays be merry and bright!