We’re snowed in. Really and truly. We don’t have feet and feet of snow, but we have plenty enough that we can’t make it up our driveway. So today, I decided very spontaneously to make our Thanksgiving dinner. I had every last thing thawed and ready to go, but just hadn’t quite planned on which day I’d put it all together. We’re heading to Dave’s parents’ house for the real dinner on Thursday (if we can get out, that is), so ours was extra. And today was the perfect day to make it.
My son is about to become a first-time father … to a boy, whom they have named Gage. Gage’s mommy, Brittney, napped on the couch under her favorite rag quilt while I prepared the stuffing and got the turkey in the oven. (I’ll post the recipe for crock pot stuffing tomorrow … it was truly delicious :)) While Britt napped and I cooked, Tera, my 15-year old, helped me by setting up the Dickens’ Village ceramic houses on the table beneath the bank of windows in our living room. That’s where they’ve gone every year since we built this house.
So what goes best with cooking and napping and Dickens’ Village-setting-up? Christmas music, of course. And I don’t much care that we’re still two days from Thanksgiving. As far as I’m concerned, Labor Day is the official launching of “Christmas Music Season.”
One of my very favorites is David Lanz’s “Christmas Eve.” I first heard this at a local Christmas festival at Warm Beach called, appropriately, “The Lights of Christmas.” I had wandered away from the rest of our group and walked down a side path which ended in a small chapel. Slipping inside, I saw a tall Christmas tree wrapped in gold ribbon and white lights, the reflection of which multiplied itself across an expanse of westward-facing windows. From a hidden CD player, I heard piano music. I sat alone in a back pew, and listened, and after a parade of visitors had come and gone, I sneaked behind the display in a solitary moment … found the CD player, and jotted down the name I saw written inside. It’s been mine ever since.
So David Lanz made an appearance this afternoon–the first of many between now and the end of the year.
Do you put on the Christmas music this early too? Or do you wait until December?