The weather in our nation's capital over the past week has been downright balmy. While I am not complaining about seventy (!!) degree temperatures in December, I can't help but agree with the many people I have heard remark that the unseasonable warmth makes it hard to get into the "Christmas spirit." Instead of bundling up in cozy scarfs and mittens, sipping hot chocolate, and preparing for snow, we are spending hours at the playground and enjoying gelato on park benches...
While I believe strongly that Christmas is about so much more than presents, trees, and jingle bells, certain external cues help us tap into the joy that should be the hallmark of the holiday. From the sight of twinkling lights to the smell of pine to the taste of holiday cookies, our senses anchor us in the moment. For me, nothing sets the tone quite like the sounds of my favorite Christmas music.
Enter the seasonal soundtrack! My own compilation includes a little of everything - from the sacred to the secular, the sincere to downright silly - and sets the perfect tone for holiday baking, card writing, and twirling around the room with my little snow angel... Give it a listen here - and if you have other recommendations, send them my way!
Whether you find yourself buried in snow or relaxing on the beach, let the sounds of the season stir your spirit....