Music is an important part of our Christmas celebration. I love that there are festive concerts to go to. We first went to Alyssa's orchestra concert.
Here's a snippet:
Lys is on the very far left.
Then we went to Caleb's choir concert. He is pretty darn adorable with his claps in the first song and "dings" in the second.
Caleb's concert was really great. The audition choirs (Caleb's choir is non-audition) were outstanding. But the last number moved me to tears. His choir teacher first paid tribute to the victims of the Connecticut shooting with a moment of silence and then dedicated the final number, which was a combined choirs number, to them. It was amazing! The members from all five of the school's choirs surrounded the auditorium and the lights were turned out. Each student held a candle and they sang the most wonderful arrangement of Silent Night. I bawled! Just beautiful.
Our Christmas Eve celebration also involves a lot of music. Several years ago, I put the hymns and the scripture story of Christ's birth together. I made these scripts and song books for every member of our family:
We read a portion of the story and then sing the hymn that corresponds to that part of the story. By the end we've read the whole story from the bible and we've sung all of the Christmas hymns. And since we don't have a piano, Jon put the accompaniment on a CD that is in the order of the script. It works perfectly. I love telling the Christmas story with all the songs mixed in.
There's no better way to feel the Christmas spirit than through music.