Here We Come a Wassailing

by Stefani on 17-December-2008

Hey hey! 

It looks like I'm off the hook as far as the whole dreaming-of-a-nog-induced-coma is concerned. Turns out that "riotous drinking"  near Christmastime, so long as is accompanied by singing, is perfectly within the bounds of holiday decorum. 

At least it seams that way to me. I figure if there's a whole song about it, and they teach said song to small children, then it must be okay. Right?

No?

Oh well. I tried. 

Anyhow, there IS a good deal of singing going on down at the Blue Yonder ranch. 

It's been just under a year since fiddle and guitar lessons began, and dang if they haven't made this mama's holiday bright. Some serious holiday music-making has just poured out joy all over the place. 

Really now, what could be sweeter than a squeaky rendition of Silent Night, wrought by two of the dearest hands in the whole wide world… a child's? 

Silent Night

And don't even get me started on Away in a Manger. 

Away In a Manger

Spunky boy child #3 has weighed in with something he calls Jingle Bells, even though it sounds more like Banging Gongs.

Jingle Bells (kinda) 

In any case, it's right cute. 

My guys are practicing diligently for a performance on "Christmas Eve Eve" for all four grandparents. 
Add to that their crafting of special commemorative ornaments, writing up the program, memorizing recitations and ripping through my magazines in search of "the perfectest appetizers and desserts" to make for the occassion and yes, I'm kinda feeling merry after all. 

So, if you've been, like me, in a slump and having a hard time finding your Christmas good cheer, gather up some kids and sing The 12 Days of Christmas, at the top of your lungs. Be sure you do it with all the goofy voices that you can muster. It's guaranteed to give you the giggles, with or without the wassail. 

debbieR December 17, 2008 at 2:14 pm

Thatsa what itsa all about, ain’t it? 🙂
MErry Christmas

Relyn December 17, 2008 at 2:27 pm

Sloane just had her piano recital and it now practicing for the Christmas Eve family performance. Isn’t the music a child plays the sweetest you can hear? I think the angels stop and listen when a child plays a carol.

Kristi December 17, 2008 at 2:35 pm

Yes, it is hard to get in the C-mas spirit this year. It just seems I don’t know funky after being in Africa for so long. I love seeing your boys and their instruments. It gives me hope in our future.

Jacqui December 17, 2008 at 6:07 pm

That’s great. I loved playing Christmas “concerts” on the piano when I was younger. Actually I still like it:) Hey, I read your interview on Babycenter’s Momformation a few minutes ago. It was awesome.

Hannah December 17, 2008 at 7:42 pm

Aw … delightful! Makes me wish my kids played an instrument, even a squeaky one. 🙂

Mandy December 18, 2008 at 6:16 am

My babies have their Christmas play tonight and I can barely stand the wait. Something about your child performing to make you just wanna burst!

Kate December 18, 2008 at 1:10 pm

Glad you found your Christmas mojo. 🙂 Kids’ Christmas cheer and enthusiasm can be quite infectious thankfully.

Happy Holidays to you all!

Miriam December 18, 2008 at 6:03 pm

That’s the kind of “boy band” I like to see! Merry Christmas.

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