Wednesday, December 17, 2008

It is Christmas time.

Snow, trees, gifts, lights, food, family, friends, invitations, salutations, no complications.

I love it - all of it. I will be the first to admit, I have been too damn busy for my own good to actually sit back and take it all in this year - but I love every second of it nonetheless.

But, you know what is my favourite part?

Home cooking?


Time around the Christmas tree?
Phenomenally relaxing...but still not it.

Time with family and friends?
Great - but not quite.

My favourite thing about the music.

Oh sure, that sounds incredibly weak - but it is completely true. Have you ever REALLY listened to and/or read the lyrics to almost EVERY Christmas song ever written?

I mean people do nothing but sing about everything that is good in the world. For one time of the entire year, it is COMPLETELY acceptable to talk/sing/converse about peace, joy, good tidings, family and kindness, just to name a few.

COME ON, even Run DMC made a Christmas rap:

"I'd never steal from Santa 'cuz that ain't right".

Hell no it isn't!

The music of Christmas makes the mood. Do you see people going around singing Halloween Carols? No, of course you don't. Singing a song - whether it is around a tree, at your church, or by yourself (hey, it happens!) is something that makes us feel good about ourselves - and the world. People singing in unison songs about making the world a better place makes us believe - if only for a few moments - that the words in the music can be brought to life.

My Dad, Joe, makes a Palko Family Christmas Album every year. He begins working on it in January, he hand picks every song (with recommendations that may or may not make the cut from the family), he designs and prints the CD case and I just picked my 2008 copies up yesterday. Not everyone likes every single song put on there - but everyone listens to it - because every song represents something good...just like the Christmas Season itself. Those songs and that music are a massive part of the Palko Christmas because every note serves as a reminder of what was, what is - and with our own efforts - what can be.

Have you ever really read the lyrics to most Christmas songs? For instance, take 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas' :

Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Let your heart be light
From now on, our troubles will be out of sight

Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Make the Yuletide gay
From now on, our troubles will be miles away

Here we are, as in olden days
Happy golden days of yore
Faithful friends who are dear to us
Gather near to us
Once more

Through the years, we all will be together
If the fates allow
Hang a shining star above the highest bough
And have yourself a merry little Christmas now

Who doesn't want to have themselves a merry little Christmas?! I do!

In case you really want to listen to a version now, here is Coldplay's:

After listening to that, do you really not feel like just enjoying yourself - and maybe listening to a few other Christmas songs?! Of course you do.

So, this Christmas - sing loud, sing quietly, do not sing at all - it does not matter, but hear the music - and experience Christmas through your ears.

As our good friend Tiny Tim said, "God bless us everyone".

Merry Christmas,