Saturday, September 27, 2008

See the New Widget?

My countdown to Halloween--I snagged it from Amanda :)

Shocked that I would be excited about a holiday that gives kids bags of sugar, fake food coloring, high fructose corn syrup and plain old sugar highs? Well, shhhhh.....it's not really about Halloween.  It is really about a deal I made with my family a few years back. See, I love and I do mean LOVE Christmas--the lights, the spirit, the holiday shows and most importantly the music. I love Christmas music. I dare say I may very well have one of the largest Christmas music collections in the world--I have over 30 CDs and 200 or so songs on the Christmas playlist. 

You name the song, odd are I have it. And I love to listen to it all the year long. My husband and kids--not so much. They prefer to keep Christmas in December. I say 'Bah Hambug' to that. Then one day in April a few years back, my daughters begged me to turn off my John Denver Christmas CD when we got to the school parking lot.

"Please, I will die if anyone hears," began the ever socially aware Miley.

Sarah nodded, "Beside, it's Easter time NOT Christmas."

So rather than letting them jump out of the car, I turned it off in favor of the classical radio station.

Once again my own family, the family I feed, clothe and pick up after began the war against my Christmas music.

"When you hear it all the time, it's not special when Christmas comes," the husband begged.

I looked at my family and knew it was time for a compromise. 

"Christmas music is too good to be limited to once a month, "I mumbled as they again said Christmas music should be played in December and December alone.

"Fine," they said. "Could you wait til after Halloween?"

I sighed. That would give me one full month and the family, "Hmmmm...would you complain on November 1?"

"No," they smiled and and agreement was met.

And now the air is a little cooler and fall is here at least in theory. Christmas catalogs are arriving in the mail and I admit I have slipped and played the holiday genre playlist from time to time--I told my children I was merely looking for some Halloween music. Halloween is a holiday, right?! I even tried to explain how spooky the words were--chestnuts roasting over a hot fire while a man named Jack bit your nose.

There was no fooling them and the Christmas music has been banned until Halloween. So now I wait for the day of witches and nasty teeth rotting candy (not that my kids eat that--they gladly give it all away, really. How? That my friends is a post for another day, promise.)

But I just might sneak in one song from that cute Michael Buble Christmas CD when not a creature is stirring, not even a mouse....




13 comments:

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

You are absolutely my Christmas Soul Sister. :) I LOVE all things Christmas, and the music? I can't get enough of it. And then you said the magic name of Michael Buble...oh man.

ria said...

Oh my I am the SAME way! Only, it is the XM satellite stations that I'm addicted to. I generally start listening to Christmas music in October when I begin my Christmas cookie baking. I LOVE the whole Christmas thing!!!!!!!!

How about that game today? Our Beanie's back!! :D He's so cute I wanna squeeze him.

Amanda said...

I must admit, i love Christmas and love looking through the Christmas Books that come through the doors too. I even put my tree up on the first day of December!!
And i like listening to Christmas music while putting the tree up. But i'm afraid my music goes away with the tree!!

But it will not be long now till you can get all those CD's out again..!

Hugs,
Amanda x

McMommy said...

Lisa, I am SO WITH YOU!!!! I have Christmas cds in my car right now! I love the holidays so much....my Halloween decorations are already up!

Candy said...

ditto

ditto...

although....I think Christmas is a mood that has to hit me the right way before I can appreciate it fully.

OHmommy said...

Oh, girlfriend, I am the SAME way.

Elaine A. said...

You're so funny... trying to "sneak" it in!

My hus loves Christmad music too. It's not totally unexpected for him to play some in June or July!

Brian and Staci said...

I do LOVE Christmas too...but my huband actually wins out for being more over the top than me on this holiday though:) I know...he's a man...but he truly LOVES it! He's got so many playlists for Christmas...you'd love him! He always says though...it's not official until he hears Christmas Wrapping by the Waitresses! He's so cute :) (And he knows and WILL SING...EVERY word!) I'm not ready just yet...we are hosting a hayride/bonfire thingy for Connor's first grade class at the end of the month...(I know, WHAT was I thinking?) soooo, I can't look any further....yet, anyway! I'm praying for you! Don't forget to update as soon as you know anything!!! Oh yea...and HOW BOUT MY SOONERS!!!! I think we might just travel to Waco next week so we can chant "We're Number 1" and really get to mean it!!! :) WOO HOO!

thepreppyprincess said...

Oh, this is just such a hoot. I must be Miley's long-removed relative somewhere in the family background, only oh-so-many generations older we can't even put it in writing.

Too, too funny.
tp

Motherhood for Dummies said...

Oh I love christmas music... if I live in a place where their isn't a lot of snow, I say no christmas music till Thanksgiving... but if I live in a place with snow... then I say... once it snows we can listen to Christmas music. With living in Alaska that means we get to listen in October.. but hey the snow makes it feel all christmasy anyways :)

mamachristina said...

I love christmas as well, but I love love the presents! LOL!
I do detest halloween and so maybe I will play christmas music too.

anglophilefootballfanatic.com said...

Haha. I love all Christmas music that doesn't include my name. And, my Michael Buble CD is sitting on the top of my pile of kiddo music & occasionally comes out.

Also, I think Nov 1 is the perfect time to start Christmas music. All Saints' Day is a great intro to the holidays.

andreawilliams said...

I totally just stole your Widget! The difference is that I LOVE Halloweenthe best!!