I have been called both Scrooge and the Grinch on the first day of December. In my defense, I do not squash other people’s festivities. I’m just not so big on them myself. Christmas is a genuninely nice time of year, but I stopped getting so enthused a few years ago. Christmas is possibly the time of year with the most potential to turn into a time-bomb of stress.
If I was in charge of decorating, I think our house would have an un-artisticacally decorated Christmas tree and nothing else. (And probably not until sometime mid December.) So it’s a very good thing I’m not, and our house looks great. There’s Christmas lights and nativity scenes…and I didn’t really set up any of it, for which I feel kind of bad. (I was writing! And researching! But mainly writing!)
So while I do not steal Christmas or sit around muttering Bah Humbug! (unless someone asks me to do something) I’m not the most lively Christmas spirit (yet.)
My favourite part of Christmas, however, has to be that it’s a great excuse to listen to those gorgeous Christmas carols.
This one is Cait’s favourite. I quite like it, too. Twelve cellos at once, playing Carol of the Bells cross God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. That is cool.
And then Coventry Carol…such a creepy song. We play it at band, and I really enjoy it (besides it has a great flute part.) I got the funeral march impression from band, and so I was curious about the actually song when sung, because the bandmaster said it was about Herod killing all the baby boys. Immediately I thought, “What a morbid carol!” And only now did it occur to me to listen to it (not for the morbidness, I promise! I really like the tune!) And I found that Hayley Westenra had sung it on a Christmas CD. I’m no expert on singers in general, but she has a ridiculously great high voice which makes me envious.
So! A taste of the Music of Christmas! What’s your top favourite carol?