I love Christmas! It’s by far my favorite time of year. I don’t mind when the stores start playing Christmas music before Halloween. The earlier the music starts, the sooner that sense of anticipation begins which both thrills me and revs my holiday preparation engines. I love all the special activities, the decorating, and the music. And although I could do without the shopping, wrapping, and Christmas card sending, I do love the traditions, the foods, and the general spirit of goodwill that overtakes the entire country that time of year.
Having musical children with minds (and ears) of their own, I’ve become accustomed to hearing patriotic tunes in December and the Nutcracker Suite in July. But THIS July has truly been a strange juxtaposition of holidays!
It all started on July 3rd with the Blossom Festival Band. They played the usual Independence Day fare – Sousa, the 1812- but they also played a tribute to Leroy Anderson, who would have been 100 years old this year. Even if you don’t know Leroy Anderson by name, you’ve heard one of his most famous compositions played incessantly around Christmas. Appropriately for us, this famous composition was made popular by the Boston Pops, for whom he was orchestra arranger. So it was that we heard SLEIGH RIDE on July 3rd.
And even though it was a delightfully warm summer night here in Ohio, I could see a snowy vista, smell crisp winter air, hear the jangle of bit and bridle, taste snowflakes on my tongue and feel a soft fleece scarf pulled close around my neck.
A few days later on July 16th, I was coming home from Pennsylvania and had picked out a few CD’s to help pass the 4 hours of driving. At the end of new James Taylor‘s “October Road” cames his version of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Weird, but not spooky…yet.
The next CD was John McCutcheon‘s “Water from Another Time” which had both the song “Christmas in the Trenches” AND a hammered dulcimer version of “For Unto Us a Child is Born” from Handel’s Messiah. Now my “Christmas in July” was officially in full swing!
On Friday, July 18th, I logged into the Creative Memories‘ consultant website to find a sneak peek at some new products coming out. Among them – yes, you’ve guessed it – some Christmas products, including a neat Christmas card and tag project and some cute wintery albums. Inspired by that collection, I themed my customer crop on Saturday “Christmas in July,” though I didn’t have the energy to get out the Christmas decorations.
Then today, I walked into church, looked at the bulletin, and laughed out loud. Yes, the top of the bulletin said it was “Christmas in July” at church, complete with readings from Isaiah and Christmas carols.
So MERRY CHRISTMAS in July to all of you out in cyberspace! And remember, at the time of this post, there were only 158 days left until Christmas, so start your shopping now and avoid the usual last minute Christmas rush this year!