Now the Readers Digest Merry Christmas Songbook became famous (or some members of my family would argue infamous) on one particular Christmas Eve many many years ago. It was before the "Formal Tuxedo and Prom dress Christmas Eve" (complete with my 40 year-old aunt and her 7 day old baby in attendance-and full photo session before-hand)...it was before the "Christmas in the Desert" with the oil-laden Christmas tree and magic shooting fire star that was "supposed" to light the bonfire on fire...and it was WAY before our family's walk from Nazareth to Jerusalem to Jericho to Bethlehem (NO I'm not making this up and YES our costumes would have given any full-on movie production a run for their money-we even had a 9-month pregnant Mary). The particular Christmas Eve I'm referring to took place in our darkened living room with only a piano light (and of course the little red light from the video camera that was on the ENTIRE time and has provided proof of this actually occurring). The only people present were my mother and father (Christmas) and my brothers and sister....AND there in the middle of the piano was the Readers Digest Merry Christmas Songbook (all 275 pages of it.) And what did our Christmas program consist of that year??? Any guesses?
How about...The Noble family singing ALL 275 pages of the Readers Digest Merry Christmas Songbook. Now in Fathers Christmas defense...he did try to break it up and have some boy songs and some girl songs...and somewhere along the way I remember my sister being angry about something (must not have gotten the solo she wanted) and she got up and stomped off...then (probably after being threatened) she slumps back into view of the camera.
Such wonderful wonderful Christmas Memories associated with this "heirloom"....and I had a wave of emotion pass over me as I pulled it out and dusted it off this season - okay it was more like borderline hysteria remembering...
I hope that Father Christmas forgives me for taking part of his audience and keeping them home this Christmas Eve...(we will swiftly race down on Christmas Day)...but you see...part two of this post will come later as I tell of our own little "traditions" that we've started--okay just my own kids and their reaction to The Readers Digest Merry Christmas Songbook.
(Now I have to go and take a nap...blogging has completely exhausted me!)