I suppose I find it odd that as much as I love Christmas music, I never remember playing very much of it on Christmas Day. Why? Especially as a teen (though even earlier), I always received lots of records for Christmas. And as my brother (Ryan) and sisters (Robyn and Rani) grew older, they received records for Christmas too. Most of these records had nothing to do with Christmas–just popular stuff that we were into. Naturally, we wanted to listen to our new albums.
Once I got a good stereo, I’d spend half of Christmas Day recording everyone’s records on cassette tapes. It was rather time consuming, since you had to record in real-time, but a good, lazy way to spend the day. So our Christmas Days were filled–through the years–with the Three Dog Night, Joni Mitchell, R.E.M., and Madonna instead of Bing Crosby and Gene Autry.
And this year? I haven’t opened all of my gifts yet . . . but I think Santa mostly brought me pajamas and slippers (the perfect gifts for a stay-at-home writer). It’s a good chance, then, that we (Elizabeth & myself) may actually listen to Christmas music today.
Here’s wishing you–whatever your choice of music may be today–the happiest of holidays!