I love the peace and quiet of a sleeping house; and the chill in the air, just makes it all that more magnificent. I find the sounds of silence very comforting and I'm trying to savor them while I'm sitting on the couch in my my guestroom / office / craft room, enjoying a cup of coffee and formulating my thoughts for today's post.
This afternoon we are taking our traditional holiday trip to Sedona. I think that we started going to the Red Rock Light Fantasy at Los Abrigados Resort, when Nicky was just two years old. Each year we do a turn around trip so that we can go see all of the beautiful light displays and really start off our holiday season; and the past few years, we've taken our holiday card photo up there as well.
Since I'm from New York, I always associate the holiday season with the cold weather and snow; so I love going to Sedona for the lights because it's always colder there than it is in Phoenix; and between the weather and the lights; it makes the holiday season feel more authentic to me. Sadly, Luis and my kids have never experienced a northeast holiday season; so they just have to take my word for it; and thankfully, they do.
I think that traditions are very important; and I am the first person to say, "to each his own;" BUT, I have always had the fervent belief that we should not start preparing for Christmas, until AFTER Thanksgiving. I have always maintained that it is not the "official" start of the holiday season until you see Santa come down the street at the END of the Macy's Thanksgiving day parade. And YES, Santa is a part of the parade; but it's to signify that the holiday season is beginning; so you are supposed to enjoy your Thanksgiving and THEN, focus on your Christmas holiday traditions. Which of course is why # 43 of my "Forty Three Reasons That I Am THANKFUL" is "That my husband understands the importance of waiting until the day AFTER Thanksgiving to put up our Christmas lights." Call it a pet peeve if you will; I'm OK with that. The truth of the matter is that I just don't like to feel rushed through my holidays and I believe that if we extend the December holidays the way the stores and manufacturer's want us to; it will diminish how special this time of year is. After all, doesn't something appear to be more valuable when you can only get it for a limited time? If we start getting ready for Christmas as soon as Halloween is over; as retailers are suggesting, then we miss out on how special everything in between is. I personally don't want to hear holiday music while I'm scouring through my kids tricks and treats; BUT, as Thanksgiving has now passed; I look forward to hearing some now.
So, with that being said; I am "officially" welcoming the season by sharing with you, Ten of my favorite holiday songs. I think this selection is as diverse as I am; and I hope that you enjoy them.
Till Next time...
Queen of EVERYTHING
Jingle Bell Rock - Bobby Helms
The Carol Of The Bells - George Winston
Baby it's Cold Outside - Glee cast
Deck the Halls - Mannheim Steamroller
Feliz Navidad - Jose Feliciano
The Chanukah Song - Adam Sandler
Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee
Do They Know It's Christmas - Band Aid
All I want for Christmas is You - Mariah Carey
Sleigh Ride - The Ronnettes