One question in our Sunday Getting Personal feature is when interviewees describe whether they're becoming more like their parents.
Now, I have another characteristic to add to my list.
When I was little, my mom used to listen to “The Messiah” in its entirety while sewing Christmas presents. My memories of “The Messiah” accompany many other memories – knowing it was cold outside and warm inside, the hum of her sewing machine, the soft fabric scraps I played with, the rustle of doll clothes and the musty smell that accompanied them.
My sister and I were always allowed to play with Madame Alexander dolls that had been my mom's as a girl. They lived in a box underneath my parents tall, white iron bed. They seemed to have endless costume changes.
I never really liked “The Messiah” much, but my mom was always firm about listening to it.
As an adult, I can't get enough of “The Messiah,” especially during November and December. Listening to it takes me back to those warm, Christmas-is-coming kind of memories.
It's a staple on my iPod and I love to listen to it while cooking or, of course, making Christmas gifts. Rob likes it, too – it reminds him of his mom, who listened to “The Messiah” while baking. The spread of Christmas cookies she puts on is mind-boggling.
Last year, I was lucky enough to sing with Canaan Baptist Church's production of “The Messiah,” which Willie Summerville directed. I liked it so much I ordered my own copy of the score and am hoping to sing with the group again this season. Rehearsals start this week, if you're interested.
It's funny – I used to complain so bitterly about listening to classical music, but now, I can't imagine this time of year without it. And I have my mom to thank.
What about you? Do the approaching holidays make you act more like your parents or honor any long-loved traditions? Or have you been able to create any of your own traditions? I'd live to hear about them. If you want to share, feel free to comment or e-mail me.
(Also, I promise I won't blog about the holidays for the next two months, even though I love them. I just figured the start of Canaan Baptist's rehearsals would be as good a tie-in as any.)
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