L’O! Saturnalia, merry Christmas, and happy holidays!
Well, this past week or so has kept me busier than a one-legged man in a butt-kicking contest but in general, that is a good thing for me.
Probably one of the most satisfying things that happened over the weekend while visiting my son, my daughter-in-law, and my grand kids. Visiting them was special in and of itself, of course, but this weekend we pre-celebrated Christmas because I am traveling to Denver over the Christmas weekend to visit my daughter and my son-in-law.
While visiting with my son and his family, we did the usual things: exchange gifts (for my oldest granddaughter I bought The Teen’s Vegetarian Cookbook, for my middle granddaughter I got Fake Out!: Animals That Play Tricks (Penguin Young Readers, Level 3) and Young Cam Jansen and the Lost Tooth (Penguin Young Readers, L3), and the youngest loves pirates so I got him Maisy’s Pirate Ship: A Pop-up-and-Play Book, played board games like – Uno Card Game, Sequence Game, and Doc McStuffins Matching Game. That was a blast but what truly made the day special was singing Christmas carols with them.
If you read my previous blogs, you know I struggled my whole life trying to learn guitar. One of my motivations to learn guitar was to sing Christmas carols with my family and friends during the holidays. I always loved singing carols and other songs but without musical accompaniment, the other singers and myself would quickly slide out of tune or forget the words, and well, let’s just say things just didn’t turn out the way we planned. Then, I finally started to get serious and I learned a few things about having fun: I learned to accept progress not perfection which lets me relax and enjoy myself; I learned that copying exactly what is written isn’t all that necessary to have fun – in fact, it often detracts from the fun; I learned that I was the biggest obstacle to my learning new things.
Well, practicing patience and persistence, I eventually learned how to play several Christmas carols well enough to keep us in tune. My oldest granddaughter sang along while the two younger ones kept rhythm by clapping their hands and tapping on the box of the Hola! Music HM-21BK Soprano Ukulele Bundle with Canvas Tote Bag, Strap and Picks, Color Series – Black I bought her a few years ago. I had so much fun and I know my son and daughter-in-law did too because they came and sat down on the couch and joined in the singing.
I used The Best Christmas Songs Ever (Best Ever) to learn these classic carols and, of course, Jane was by my side. I couldn’t have done it without her. Just to add a shameless plug for Dave Navarro and Epiphone, Jane is a Epiphone Dave Navarro Signature “Jane” Acoustic/Electric Cutaway Guitar.
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