By Advent of last year, Bernadette had reached that point of piano proficiency at which playing becomes pleasurable. I handed her My First Book of Christmas Carols and told her, “This is your piano lesson book for the Advent and Christmas seasons.” She played both dutifully and joyfully, and sang along. Which was great, because she and others of our kids have trouble carrying a tune, but with all the singing practice over Advent they could actually sing Christmas songs by the time Christmas rolled around.
Everyone down through Tina sings Christmas songs now. Their favorite was “Deck the Halls.” I got a giggle today when I heard Regina’s rendering of “See the blazing Yule before us!”
Her version: “See the blazing Yuletide forest!” Brings up a rather fantastic image.