I love to sing. In high school and in college, I sang a lot, but there’s less of a market for it as an adult. I still would sing along with songs in the car, and at a very occassional karaoke opportunity, but that was it. I miss it, especially around the holidays — Christmas music is my favorite.
I have found two new fans, though: my boys love for me to sing to them. As little babies, of course, there’s plenty of opportunity to sing them pretty much whatever comes to mind, but even as they’re getting bigger, I’m grateful that they’re remaining enthusiastic. A few weeks ago, I started singing Christmas songs to the boys while they were in the bath, and they LOVED it. Liam smiles, transfixed, or giggles. Benjamin starts to learn the words (and even the melodies) almost immediately — he now has a favorites list (and if I vary the words at all, he notices — I can never remember whether Santa Claus knows who’s “naughty or nice” or “naughty and nice” and he calls me on it every time I switch it, and when I finally looked up the last line of the first verse of “Good King Wenceslas” he corrected me because it was supposed to be “la la la la la la la la la la la la la la”).
I love catching Benjamin singing little pieces of the songs I’ve been singing to him — this evening, he kept singing the 8th day of Christmas, over and over. I am really enjoying singing for them. It’s nice to have an outlet for that part of me, and it really adds to the feeling of Christmas.