I am not going to lie. I love all kinds of holiday music. It makes me smile and quite frankly if you have turned on the television or listened to the news in any form over the last few months you need a reason to smile.
Now, I am not trying to rush the turkey or grateful hearts, I just want to sit down and eat my turkey with some Christmas music in the background. And if there happens to be a tree with twinkling lights by Thanksgiving evening then that is early enough for me.
Last week, November 1st to be exact, my youngest daughter came downstairs for breakfast only to be assaulted by the daily news report of another shooting, the list of Hollywood elite who had been accused of sexual harassment and worse, and the latest political fallout. She looked at me over her eggs and said, “I can’t do it. I can’t wake up one more morning to this. It’s horrible and I am not trying to bury my head in the sand, but seriously, I can’t…”
Of course, she can’t. It’s awful. I even told my husband that I feel like I am becoming immune to the tragedies because they are happening almost daily. We can’t get away from it. Even if we don’t turn on the TV, our phones are alerted, our social media feeds are praying for the latest mass shooting victims and our friends have lost someone close to them.
I immediately turned off the TV and tuned into some holiday hits on iTunes. Within minutes our kitchen was full of singing, smiles and hope.
Hope for a better day.
We always listen to music in the car, but we searched until we found a channel that was pumping out its Christmas music on November 1st. Soon, we were driving through the fog singing, “It’s Beginning to Look A lot like Christmas” at the top of our lungs and she was laughing as she got out of the car for school. Boom! Peace, love and happiness achieved through song.
Before school even ended she texted me and asked if we could go get hot chocolate. So, we continued our festive attitude throughout the afternoon with the sunroof open and signing songs of good tidings and cheer.
Now, I realize horrible things have continued to happen over the course of this week, but singing songs of light, peace, hope, family and love are like a salve to our soul. Maybe that’s why Christmas seems to get earlier and earlier each year. We all are searching for a little peace and the holidays bring that to us.
So, the next time you walk into the store and are bombarded with holiday lights and the songs of the season, just smile and think that perhaps this is just their way of bringing a little bit of peace to the world.
Thank you shoppers for your participation in the peace process.
Sunshine & Sarcasm,
Lowi & G