Music is a must in life.
And Christmas is just not Christmas without music. Not for me anyway.
Music can soothe the soul like nothing else. It can create joy and smiles when the heart is heavy. It can create a spot of hope, even in the darkest moments. Music reaches deep within where nothing else can touch.
With that in mind, I’ve decided to share some of my most favorite Christmas carols with you today — songs that I have treasured since my childhood. Maybe hearing some of my favorite music will inspire you to find the music that helps your heart and souls to feel warm.
Let’s start with this one. “Little Drummer Boy”.
The music and harmonies by the Pentatonix are just so incredibly beautiful. The children’s cartoon Christmas Special of “The Little Drummer Boy” was my favorite every year. Did you see it? It was this song that taught me that music can be a very powerful gift.
OR….. if you prefer a more DRUMMING version of Little Drummer Boy, this version of the song really rocks it out. I absolutely love it! I can’t listen to this version without dancing — it’s just that good.
Okay, moving on to more of my favorite songs…..
I cannot remember ever having a Christmas season without singing “The First Noel”. It had to be on the list.
Plus I have a funny memory relating to this song. We had window banners that my mom would put up every year. There were four fuzzy green felt banners, one for each letter of the word Noel. I thought they were wonderful, and I loved the golden fringes at the bottom of each banner. They were a picture of a something beautiful for me.
Our first year of living in Canada, we were having a great day putting up our Christmas decorations. It was a very white and snowy Christmas that year! We were so proud of our little decorated house!
My dad came home, later that afternoon, and had a funny look on his face as he walked through the door. I was sooo proud of our decorations, I didn’t expect that look. He kept chuckling, and giggling, and chuckling some more. Finally he asked my mom about what kind of weird message was she sending out to the world. We all looked at him with confusion. It was the Christmas story after all. What was funny about that?
He took us outside to see what he found so funny.
“Who’s Leon?” He asked, giggling again.
Sure enough, our beautiful fuzzy green and gold Noel window banners had been hung backwards. We were wishing everyone a Happy Leon, not a Christmas Noel!
I laughed and laughed and laughed. I didn’t know any Leon’s, but I still wished them a very Merry Christmas. That year, and every year since. 🙂
*** Please note…. While some Christmas scenes can be painfully triggering to dissociative trauma survivors, please note that no one gets hurt in this video. These children are finding the beauty in Christmas. They are building nice memories.
Another life long favorite of mine is “What Child is This”. I have always found the music and melody of this song to be so so so pretty. For many years, especially in my childhood, I played this song over and over and over on the piano. I found the melody so beautiful and calming. Even now, it reaches deep into my heart. Please have a listen to this incredible version of an already beautiful song.
Okay … one last song, before I go on and on for far too long!
This song, “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” used to feel a little scary to me as a child as it’s written in an unusual minor key for holiday music. However, when I grew up, years later, as an adult, I grew to truly love this version of the song as sung by 4Him. The harmonies and and the creative arrangement gives me goosebumps every single time I listen to it. In fact, 4Him’s Christmas album, Season of Love, has been one of my top favorite Holiday albums for many years. It’s uplifting and beautiful. If you haven’t heard of it, check it out some day.
Hopefully, this song will reach your heart as well! Enjoy the complexity of the music!
Pretty cool, hey?!
I hope my musical walk down memory lane helps to inspire you to let music bring peace and joy to your heart and soul this holiday season.
Dissoci-ACTION Questions re: Music
So….. what are YOUR favorite holiday songs?
What songs do you hold dear to your heart?
What songs bring good memories back for you?
Check with your people inside, and listen to their suggestions. Do you hear what they are saying? Chances are, your insiders will like a wide variety of music, and one part’s favorite song will extremely different from another part’s favorite song. That’s okay! To each his own! Your insiders can have very specific tastes in music — it is yet another example of how they portray themselves as individuals within the bigger DID system.
Take some time today to let your insiders listen to their music. Does it calm them? Does it soothe them? Do they fall into memories? Do they drift away into sleep?
How does music make your Holidays more bearable and more enjoyable?
I hope you let music work it’s magic for you and your system today.
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