If you ask us, the best part about Christmas isn’t the gift-buying, or the food, or the parties — it’s the traditions. Recreating the same fun rituals every year with your friends and family sprinkles fairy dust on the season. And among the most cherished of these is the music you play only during this time of year.
Music has a magical ability to transport you through time. Just think back to your own childhood: What songs did your family listen to at Christmastime? Was it Mel Torme or Nat King Cole crooning carols on the record player? Handel’s Messiah and the soaring voices of the Vienna Boys’ Choir? Vince Guaraldi giving holiday tunes the jazz treatment in A Charlie Brown Christmas? John Rutter’s contemporary classics, or maybe even Mannheim Steamroller?
From Rudolph to Revels, there’s no faster way to feel like a child at Christmas than to queue up the same albums your parents used to love, however many years ago that might have been. And if you have young children or grandchildren, know this: They are making their own musical memories with every track you play.
To continue a holiday tradition well into its second decade, Indian Hill Music is hosting a Family Holiday Singalong on Saturday, December 19, from 10-11 am, Sponsored by DCU. Admission is free, and we will be collecting canned donations for Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry. Kids from 1 to 92 are invited to sing, dance, play instruments, and greet a very special surprise guest!
So tell us: What music plays in your house during the holidays?