I have a very musical family. There are many guitars and keyboards and loads of percussion options in each of our homes. I also have a family in love with Christmas traditions. We used to joke that if we did something once, it became a tradition. One tradition that has been evolving over the last 25 years is the family Christmas concert. In the early days, the music (all written by my husband) was performed by my husband and daughters. When our first son-in-law joined the family and brought his drums along, the band began to grow. Soon I was taking drum lessons and got to play on a few songs. This year we welcomed another son-in-law and guess what? He plays guitar so of course he needed to join the band. Even our tiny person has a shaker and loves to add some extra percussion to the mix.
Our annual concert was a few weeks ago and as always, it was very fun. We get to see people we only see once a year and to give them the gift of music. Sometimes I wonder if I take my music making family for granted. I forget that this is not the norm.
Here is hoping that there is some music in your season that brings you joy – as a listener or a music maker.