Monday, December 14, 2009
What's Your Favorite Carol, Carol?
These gorgeous ladies from my church circle do.
And no, that's not Santa there on the couch, far right. That's me, with the combination of incredibly poor posture and the pinkish sweater that gives me either a nine month old fetus or Santa's jelly belly, which I really don't have. (Not much of one, that is.) I would have used a different photo, but the other one made me look like Santa had replaced the eggnog with straight rum, no ice.
So back to the caroling.
I had the best time at our Christmas party last week because guess what we did.
No, I'm not talking about the Christmas trees and stars we tore out of paper with our eyes closed.
We stood around the piano and sang Christmas carols!
Yes we did! Silly ones, holy ones, ones we knew the words to and others we didn't. (Hint: for ones you don't know, just mouth the word watermelon over and over again and no one will know the difference.) Singing carols at the piano was SO FUN! I plan to force my family to do it! You heard right, kids! It's going to be great!
Sorry for all the exclamation points, but they're absolutely necessary.
What about you? Do you do this, or does the cheese factor of such a Norman Rockwell moment frighten you a bit? I say, DIVE INTO the cheesiness. Embrace it. You'll be surprised how it fills your heart with Christmas joy.
Before you go, a couple questions. Which carol would you insist on singing? One that drives you crazy? Favorite new one? Old one?
As for me, here's my list of notables:
Silver Bells--from the Christmas album my family used to play
Little Donkey--taught to me by a British friend during our French life
Il est né le Divin Enfant--also from our French life. It's so lovely.
Silent Night--no explanation necessary. It's not Christmas without it, sung by candlelight.
But in my opinion, you can leave We Three Kings off the list. I love the melody, but my brain won't stop replacing the words with "tried to smoke a rubber cigar. It was loaded and exploded..."
Now it's your turn. Please share!
And while you're at it, won't you learn the words to the carol below? It's one of my favorites and nobody knows it.