Christmas Songs

Dear BabyBird,

Your love of music has grown to include Christmas music this holiday season and it’s been so much fun. I think I went through a good decade of being completely sick of Christmas music after performing the same spent songs year after year at school holiday concerts and the like, but now that you’re into it the joy has finally returned. We started adding them to our nightly music time around Thanksgiving and practicing for your school holiday concert during the day (complete with moves) got you even more into them.

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Some of your favorites are Frosty the Snowman (which you call Shoshty: Snow Man), Jingle Bells, Carol of the Bells (which you’re convinced is just a pretty, alternate version of Jingle Bells – and will correspondingly retrofit the Jingle Bells lyrics to it which I find hilarious), and Silent Night. They’re perfect since you can pick up most of the lyrics pretty easily and also play along with your xylophone, drums, and shakers while I’m at the piano. You’re great at recognizing all your songs by name now, either to ask demand which one we play next or proudly call them out with a grin any time you hear them.

You’re also not afraid to burst into random song at any point throughout the day which is adorable. I think your first big solo hit was the alphabet, followed soon after by Happy Birthday around your Grandpapa and Mama’s birthdays in November. I love your version which puts plenty of emphasis on the HAAAAPY birthday, and often adds an extra”toooo you!” for flavor. Christmas songs are now in the mix as well with us often getting a random Jingle Bells at dinner or in the car. You’re actually a little shy to sing in front of other people now which is cute, but when it’s Mama and I you don’t hold back. I guess all our unabashed full-on singing to you pretty much constantly since you were born is rubbing off.

I continue to be so proud, humbled, and amazed by how much you love music and that it’s something special we do each day. On top of singing you’re plunking away at the piano by yourself at least a dozen times a day now, to the point where we even have to pull you away when it’s time for something else. While three years old may have seemed young for piano lessons before having a kid (I didn’t start until I was about six), it almost seems like a stretch to wait that long now. Pretty soon I think I’ll start showing you a few things myself so you don’t get bored with it and I’m sure you’ll be more than ready to dive in to songs yourself soon after! In the meantime I treasure our nightly piano and singing and will keep it going for as long as I can.

Love,
Daddy