When I was little our house was full of music and never more than in the holidays. Everyone in the family except my dad was in at least one church choir and us kids were in more than one, usually at least a bell choir and regular kid’s choir but Cam and I were also in a special kids choir that sang during the second service and was in Wylie Chapel. It was a miniature service just for the children from 4th to 6th grade.
The holidays meant lots of rehearsal and lots of singing at Church events and when we got to Junior Hi through High School we got to sing in the 1000 voice choir at Disneyland every year because our Minister of Music founded it. It was hard work but we thought a free night at Disneyland was worth it and we got to have adventures we probably shouldn’t have because we were back stage at Disneyland.
But my earliest memory of Christmas music was singing in the car with my mom. We were at the school my dad taught at. I can remember being in the backseat and my mom had moved to the passenger seat so dad could drive us home. Mom usually didn’t take time with me other than reading to my brother and I and that’s probably why it sticks in my mind. But I can remember sitting there in car and learning to sing “Away in the Manger” which is probably why it’s still my favourite holiday song.
It was probably because I could always sing and hold pitch and that was important to mom so it’s something I remember so clearly that I was alone with her and she was paying attention to just me.
It’s a rate good memory of my mom when I wasn’t disappointing her in some way,
Here is the pagan version I wrote so I could still sing it:
Away as I’m walking ( I prefer the Flow Gently Sweet Afton Tune)
Away as I’m walking upon the far moors
I look to your heavens and stand here in awe
I watch as the far stars all turn in sky
I’m small and a tiny part of the whole.
Be near me O Goddess
I ask thee to stay
Close by me forever
And bless those I love
I’m standing here silently under your stars
I can offer you humbly my hands and my heart