The Thank You Project: #188 (Christmas Music)

ThankYouIcon_188It seems like everyone waits just until Thanksgiving is over to bust out the Christmas music in iPods and computers across the globe. I never understood why it was that annoying to have Christmas music before Thanksgiving because of the happy vibes that each song seems to give out. Regardless, today I am thankful for Christmas music in our lives and how this time of the year can transform any situation into a happy one.

Right about now you can find KristaRose and I tuned into South Bend’s Christmas radio station, Sunny 101.5. The station plays Christmas music all day long and has all of the classics. From Joy to the World, We Wish you a Merry Christmas to Silent Night, these songs are all accessible 24/7. With the emergence of other streaming music radios on the Internet like Pandora and Spotify, individuals are able to tap into their inner Christmas spirit with just a few clicks of a mouse.

Christmas music to me reminds me of growing up as a child. In my house, we would always have CD’s on every morning with different Christmas artists. My dad would always be singing to the songs and my mom would smile every time a favorite of hers would start to play. Those were happy times and as a family we really bonded around the good music that flowed through our house.

Everywhere I go now, whenever I hear Christmas music it just reminds me of that time and automatically makes me happy. Christmas is a time to be with family, be good and giving and remember the purpose of the holiday which you can’t spell without Christ. This in combination with actual time off from work can be a very relaxing and healing time for all of us that have worked hard all year long.

Christmas songs also seem to get the most people singing spontaneously. They are so easy to learn and to know by heart. They are also the most joyful of songs that I know and because of this, I don’t know one person that really hates Christmas music and doesn’t get caught up in celebrating the Christmas cheer.

So the next time you hear a Christmas song on your radio or when you are shopping, take a little time to appreciate what the song means. Think about all of those near and dear to you. This is really how everyday should be but most especially this holiday season!

The Lermz

Michael Lerma graduated the University of Notre Dame in 2009 with an Information Technology Management degree. He is currently a senior Project Manager with the Nielsen Company.

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