December 2nd -- Christmas Music 24/7
Anyone who really knows me, knows that I am a crazy Christmas lady. One of my favorite things about the holiday season is Christmas music playing pretty much 24/7. I think my dad is partially to thank for my intense love of Christmas, as he feels the same way. We certainly know how be holly jolly in our house.
Usually my dad and I wait until Thanksgiving morning to start listening to Christmas music, but -- confession time -- this year we started about a week or two before Thanksgiving! (some of my friends will definitely shake their heads in disapproval, but they probably aren't that surprised either). Christmas music is so fun and festive I just can't help but listen to it all the time! It truly makes me so calm and filled with joy. I'm the kind of person that will remember every word to a song after hearing it once or twice, so you can only imagine how wild it gets in my house around this time of year -- basically like a real life Glee episode that goes on for a month. (sorry to my siblings, but not that sorry!) From classic albums like Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton to Disney Christmas Hits to Pentatonix to Straight No Chaser to new contemporary artists like Lindsey Stirling's new holiday album -- every kind of Christmas, winter, holiday music you can think of is played in my house.
Christmas music for me is very inspiring when it comes to my creative process. Whenever I'm making winter, holiday related illustrations, patterns, or product designs it doesn't take long at all for me to come up with new and interesting ideas when I constantly listen to Christmas music. I have a bunch of favorites, two of which are "Run Run Rudolph" and "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" by Bruce Springsteen. He is from New Jersey so he's a music legend to all of this state and also to my parents. My parents passed down their love for his music onto me, and there's just something so special and different about his voice. When he sings these two songs it's the most infectious and joyful experience to me, and really captures the essence of the Christmas season. Certain Christmas songs have very important meanings to me, something I'll get into another day, but for now you guys should definitely go listen to some of your favorite Christmas tunes to get you into the Holiday spirit!