Have to be honest, among the many things I enjoy about Christmas is the special music that fills the air as we drive around in cars or shop in stores.
I love Christmas music. Perhaps unlike any other time of the year, the songs created to celebrate this special season. You don't have Thanksgiving music, or Halloween music. I suppose you could argue the Fourth of July offers some pretty stirring music - and I would offer no objection - but for generations, Christmas carols have provided the backdrop for the season's activities leading up to the great celebration on Dec. 25.
I love them all. From the secular: "Frosty the Snowman," "Jingle Bells," and "White Christmas," to the more religious favorites: "Little Drummer Boy" and "Do You Hear What I Hear?" - the music helps set the mood.
Don't feel slighted fans of Jeff Foxworthy's "12 Redneck Days of Christmas," or Bob and Doug McKenzie's now classic Canadian "12 Days of Christmas" parody. While good for a laugh, they just don't make me long for the season like some of the others.
Among my personal favorites, "Mary Did You Know," which perhaps isn't exactly holiday specific but I feel meets the criteria; and a song I heard on the radio the other day, "Why Can't Every Day Be Like Christmas."
Why can't every day be like Christmas?
People generally tend to be friendlier with a greater focus on the best interest of others - Black Friday not withstanding.
Kind words, greetings and well wishes fill the air. You tend to demonstrate a little more patience, even when standing in long lines or waiting for folks to locate your misplaced layaway. Things that might normally get under your skin get a bit more tolerance.
As the lyrics in the Elvis classic go:
"Oh why can't every day be like Christmas
Why can't that feeling go on endlessly
For if everyday could be just like Christmas
What a wonderful world this would be"
So why can't we adopt that attitude with one-another the other 11 months of the year?
I guess all we can do is try.
Since this will be my final column before the new year - The Daily Reporter won't publish papers on Christmas Eve or New Year's Eve - I just want to wish all of my readers, friend of foe, the best of Christmas wishes and a spectacular beginning for a happy new year.
God bless, Randy