Daily Archives: December 16, 2014

More Christmas Music Memories

Continuing with yesterday’s topic regarding the memories Christmas music has made through my life:

During my twenties and thirties, I was the pianist for our church, and my dear friend, Janet, was (and still is) the organist. Every year, during one of the worship services in the Christmas season, we would play “O, Holy Night” in unison during the collection of the offering.  That’s a special memory that comes to mind now nearly every time I hear that beautiful old hymn.

During that same “era”, a group from our church went Christmas caroling to nearby shut-ins every year. We’d sing a few carols at each home,  and we’d always close with “We Wish You A Merry Christmas”. These days, when I hear that song, I’m often reminded of those wonderful caroling trips and the folks (no longer with us) that we visited.

Before Marshall was born and during his growing-up years, his dad and I owned the local Ben Franklin store. The holidays were always a super-busy time of year, and the song “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas” seemed to have special meaning for us: ‘Take a look at the five-and-ten, glistening once again, with candy canes and silver lanes aglow.’ Although the business closed many years ago, I’m still reminded of those busy Christmas seasons whenever I hear that song.

Smithfield's first Ben Franklin store Photo courtesy of my friend, Debbie

Smithfield’s first Ben Franklin store
Photo courtesy of my friend, Debbie

When Marshall was in middle school, his class, for the school’s Christmas program one year,  sang “We Need A Little Christmas”.  Although I’d always thought that was a snappy little tune, I really learned the words to it that year. Each Christmas since then, I’ve been reminded of his class performing that song.  ‘It hasn’t snowed a single flurry, but  Santa, dear, we’re in a hurry!”

Through the years , our lives may change: different jobs, different houses,  we lose family members and friends along the way, but those old Christmas songs are a constant, there every year, to remind us of times past.

Which Christmas carols remind you of past events in your life?

~These Days Of Mine~