It’s December. Christmas is around the corner. Everyone seems to be excited but I’ve been feeling disconnected from it all. With no children and no special plans for the holiday, no shopping or cooking to do I haven’t felt empathetic while listening to the young mothers at work talk about sales and gifts and recipes and travel plans.
Today contained a bad commute to work in a downpour, a bad morning at work filled with big problems, a lunch hour spent with truck safety stuff and studying rally signs, a long afternoon trying and failing to get caught up, then a quick drive to band rehearsal where we started out playing terribly and irritating the director. A typical and exhausting day.
But we’re practicing Christmas music for our concert next week. And Christmas music is hard to resist. As the rehearsal wore on we started to sound better. People settled in. The director smiled a little bit. The muscles in my neck relaxed. No one minded going past 9 p.m. as we worked out a particularly difficult passage. People stuck around afterward getting organized for the concert.
On the drive home I sang along with the radio – “Do You Hear What I Hear?” and “Rudolph the Red Nosed Raindeer.” I enjoyed the Christmas lights in the neighborhoods I drove through. Coming down my street I saw that my husband had turned on our holiday lights for me.
I smiled as walked in the door; Katie was excited to see me and husband seemed happy too. All in all it was a good day. It’s December, Christmas is right around the corner and the magic of music connected me to the season. Finally.
So get out there an enjoy the season everyone. And my best advice is to turn on the radio while you’re out. I bet you find yourself singing along.
Happy Holidays everyone. Happy Holidays.