Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Christmas Can't Be Very Far Away?

I may be breaking my own record... Earliest Playing of Christmas Tunes. I like to say I am strictly a post-Thanksgiving Christmas music player, but I know I have stuffed a few turkeys, while singing along with Mitch. But before Halloween? "Silver Bells," "Sleigh Ride," "Christmas Island?" In October?

It started innocently enough, I think. I was assembling an autumn playlist... tunes to groove to when I want to evoke the gentle mood of cool evenings, reflection, anticipation and thankfulness. Naturally this calls for some Nat King Cole: "Autumn Leaves" and even "Mona Lisa." I love "Robin and Marian" a Nickel Creek tune. There is something warm and seasonal about "The Muffin Man" when sung by Ella Fitzgerald. I added some Stevie Wonder, then Elizabeth Mitchell, Bob Marley; all upbeat, homey, cheering, and I was really loving the idea of reveling in all of this happy music, when I realized that in the midst of autumnal gratitude and anticipation there is one thing I will be anticipating above all...

"Over The River and Through The Woods" will get you to grandma's and through Thanksgiving, but an early snow can bring a "Sleigh Ride"... giddy-up, giddy-up, giddy-up let's go! Then you want to "Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!", which is what led me to singing along with Amy Grant, "Christmas Can't Be Very Far Away."

I am laughing out loud... lay down a little snow and autumn is a slippery slope to a "Winter Wonderland!" Now I want to Hark the Herald, and Wonder as I Wander. Gloria!


Well, if music and anticipation, reflection and gratitude are the best of this season, then I am in luck, because there are plenty of days left to enjoy all of these! Merry Christmas to all, and 3 months to sing along!


  1. And the Pacific Women's Chorus will be extending your Xmas enjoyment on Jan. 13 by performing tunes about the V. Mary written from 1200 to 19 something, so pace yourself!

  2. I LOVE Christmas tunes!! We have a radio station that begins playing them in Nov. I keep my radio set to that station until Christmas!!

  3. Natalie, I love Christmas...and I sing Christmas songs all through the year!! :o)



  4. I beat you to it! I started listening to Christmas songs around two weeks ago. Merry Christmas, Natalie!

  5. Oo oo! We are online at the same time. :D

  6. I can so relate. I love music and some goes better with the different seasons. When I sorted my CDs I had to play a few, just to hear Charlotte Church, and my music box christmas CD.
    I like your choice of Autumn music thanks for sharing.


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