Rocking Around the Christmas Tree

by Stefani on 29-December-2009

Yeah. Christmas pretty much rocked. 

It was low key, low stress and high on comfort and joy. For the first time in a long time I'm feeling like Christmas was neither too hard nor too soft. Not too hot, not too cold, it was just right. 

We're still meandering about, lazing, listening to the rain and enjoying the afterglow. The tree is still up, but we haven't turned on the lights since Christmas. 

The mantle is cleared of it's wreath and is now home to the most lovely mantle clock from my folks. I always wanted one of those. 

It bongs on the hour and the half hour and it makes me feel all fancy inside every single time I hear it. Even the kids stop to listen, count the bongs, and smile. For the first time ever, I polished the exactly FOUR pieces of silver(plate) tableware that I own because I felt like a house that has a bonging clock should have polished silver too. 

A house that has a bonging clock should probably NOT have laundry on the couch and dishes in the sink but I haven't been moved to do anything about those just yet. 

Instead I've been laying up on the couch reading and listening to the hours go by. (I'm reading The Help. It's really really good!)

Lest you think that this sounds all serene and peaceful like, I should tell you a couple of things… 

First, my middle dude has been taking guitar lessons for two years now and has been hoping, saving, dreaming, praying for an electric guitar since he was… oh about two. For real. 

Boy Meets Guitar

He totally didn't see it coming. Wasn't even considering it. 

Suffice it to say that he about came clean out of his skin with joy. I love it when that happens. And now we are being treated to the Jimi Hendrix version of Away in a Manger and When the Saints Go Marching In on the hour and half hour too. 

It's good. But it's loud. It's real. REAL loud. 

Joy should be loud. Right? Right. Rock on.

Second, our family was also gifted with a record player and a box of my old records. My kids didn't even know what it was. "Is it like a CD player?"


They are now, much to my delight, crazy in love with vinyl, and I am having the best time watching them make up silly dance routines to the very same songs that I bee bopped to in front of my mirror as a child. Prince, Madonna (when she was cool), Tina Turner, Three Dog Night, Bruce Springsteen, Chipmunk Rock, Van Halen, Cher, the Eurythmics, Sting, Tears for Fears, even a stack of Peter Pan records with their accompanying story books… they love them all. They love the crackly sound and moving the needle over. They love changing the speed and listening to the silly results. They love it and I do too. I have a feeling that there's going to be a run on records at the local Goodwills. 

So our house is happy and loud and messy and full of song… which is precisely what a house full of boys should be I suppose, every hour, on the hour and all the minutes in between.

frantically heidi December 29, 2009 at 9:44 am

It sounds lovely. I need to dust off our record player and records. Since my nine year old girl has declared that her favorite artists are Beethoven, Taylor Swift, Elvis, and the Black-Eyed Peas (clean versions only), I have a feeling that she find some new loves and old favorites in my husbands stack of vinyl.

Stefani December 29, 2009 at 10:11 am

Oh I love this girl! Anyone who can love Beethoven and the Black Eyed Peas at the same time is my kinda girl!

Kelly December 29, 2009 at 9:51 am

That last sentence is so right! I love it! My middle boy has also been dying to play the guitar. He’s only 4 (almost 5!) but has been asking for about the last year and a half. He got one last year for Christmas but we’ve just had a the darndest time trying to coordinate lessons. This year for sure! What is it with those middle boys?!? 🙂 I’m glad you had a happy Christmas!

Stefani December 29, 2009 at 10:11 am

We didn’t start lessons until he was real close to six, and he’d been asking since he was two. We even have video of him at two years old saying he wanted a guitar for his birthday! He’s been taking classical lessons on the acoustic and we decided that if it stuck and he kept his interest for two years we’d think on the electric version. Well the boy loves to play his guitar. It’s just in him, you know? Good luck to you and your little rocker too!

Lia December 29, 2009 at 9:52 am

Last year, Santa delivered an electric guitar AND a drum set to my boys. It is loud, but so fun. Rock on!

Stefani December 29, 2009 at 10:12 am

Oh boy! Did they come with earplugs? You know… just to quiet down all that fun just a wee little bit?

Cassandra December 29, 2009 at 9:52 am

How lovely.

I’m having the same feeling…that Christmas this year was just right. We had nearly one child for every adult in the big old house we rented. So quiet was not something we knew either. Rockin!

Love your new header. Love the thought of playing with vinyl (right now we have our record collection from when hubby and I were thrift store junkies, but no player to listen to them on…)

Stefani December 29, 2009 at 10:19 am

All those people under one roof sounds fun! Glad you guys had a merry Christmas!
I highly recommend getting the player. There was this one song, “Stand by My Woman Man” by Ronny Milsap, that I listened to over and over and over as a kid. It seemed like the perfect love anthem, like it encapsulated every little thing I hoped for in my future.
We played it the other night with the kids running around and my husband cleaning up in the kitchen and I just cried like a baby realizing that I got just what I was hoping for all those times that I sang along with that song.
Anyhow, something about the crackly goodness of vinyl and playing your childhood songs on a record player, it just takes you back in a way I can’t explain. But you get it. Right?

nytesong December 29, 2009 at 9:55 am

But that IS exactly how a home should be. Content & full of joyous (raucous) noise!

Also, I love the blog-re-do. I like being able to read the more than one post on one page. =)

Stefani December 29, 2009 at 10:23 am

Thank you! Working on lots of changes around here… kind of a new year, new me, clean up and organize 🙂

Karen December 29, 2009 at 10:13 am

Madonna’s not cool anymore?

Stefani December 29, 2009 at 10:23 am

Well…. I liked her in her material girl days… I was rocking the crucifixes and fingerless lace gloves right along with her.
Maybe “cool” isn’t the word I was looking for, but I don’t know it is. Come to think of it, maybe she’s still cool … maybe it’s ME that’s changed! 🙂

Mad Woman December 29, 2009 at 1:36 pm

Sounds great! I wish I still had my record player and records for my kids.

How are you liking The Help? I loved it!!

Stefani December 29, 2009 at 1:41 pm

I LOVE it!
I heard about it on NPR, an interview with the author, and it sounded very compelling. I really could not put it down.
I got the kindle app for my phone. I really didnt think I would like that. I like books, real live turn the page books, but I do have to admit that it is SO nice to have your book with you everywhere you go!

katiecrackernuts December 29, 2009 at 2:20 pm

What ace Christmas presents. Yes, the loud rocker … you must have known. ; ) And the vinyl, how perfect. Love it. LOVE IT.

Beth January 1, 2010 at 5:26 pm

We got the exact same record player for Christmas and have been loving it. I just hit Half Price Books and found some 45s with a story book (3/$1). We get to stop in the middle of the story and turn the record over, it’s wonderful.

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