Most days in the motherhood I wonder if anything I’m saying is getting through amidst the eye rolls, sighs of protest and assorted groans of complaint. And then there are days like yesterday. The kiddo and I found ourselves in the car after school with just over an hours’ travel time between activities. “I bet you’re going to put on Christmas music, huh?” the kiddo asked, knowing that while I don’t solely listen to Christmas music this time of year, the playlist does get some much needed love during the month of December.
“Would you rather I play something else?” I questioned. “Or do you have something you want to listen to?” It’s a statement that can lead to ear splitting disaster but I try to give the kiddo a chance to share his world with me when possible. Music is a huge part of our lives and I genuinely care about what he’s listening to and why he likes the songs he chooses. Yep, that’s the kind of thing we talk about in this family. Since the day he was born, I’ve talked about music with him. What I hear, what the story is or means. Why I like or dislike a song, lyrics, beat…
“I want to go with your Christmas top ten,” he answers quickly, to which I smile because those of you who know my son know this is a set up. He’s up to something and the game has begun.
“You know I have twelve, right? Do you want them in any particular order?” I double check, just in case.
“Nope,” he smiles “Just let them roll.”
So here it is, my Christmas top twelve. And the game my son wanted to play as we looped 465 between various appointments? Why these songs make the list. So here’s why these songs spell Christmas to me and why the season isn’t complete until I hear them as explained by the thirteen year old light of my life. Apparently he has been listening.
Better Days (Goo Goo Dolls) This is a great picture of how slowing down and keeping it simple this season can help us be appreciative. This is a hopeful song. And mom thinks Johnny Resnick has great hair.
Do They Know It’s Christmas (Glee version) We need to keep perspective that the world we live in, what we can see around us here in the land of plenty, doesn’t represent the world and the way most people live. This reminds mom of our Horizon kids in South Africa--Maboke and Mosobudi.
Give This Christmas Away (Matthew West and Amy Grant) This is the entire message of the Gospel and the reason Christmas even matters.
Home This Christmas (Justin Beiber and The Band Perry) This one makes mom think about dad because he travels. She worries about that a lot.
Christmas Must Mean Something More (Taylor Swift) It’s a song about the real reason for the season that’s upbeat enough it doesn’t make Gaga (my Grandma) cry.
Mary, Did you Know? (Kenny Rogers and Wynonna Judd version) Mom has a hard time imagining being in Mary’s shoes. She calls this one a classic.
New Kid In Town (Alan Jackson and Keith Whitley) This is a great picture of how simple it must have seemed when Christ was born and how one very common thing changed everything.
Mistletoe (Justin Bieber) Mom’s guilty pleasure. She likes to dance to this one.
All I want for Christmas is a Real Good Tan (Kenny Chesney) Mom always jokes that she’s going to run away to Hawaii by herself. This is like her personal anthem.
The Prayer (Celine Dion and Andre Bocelli) This is a prayer everyone can use and mom thinks the Italian is gorgeous. I say not so much when she tries to sing along. This one has classic status.
River (Leah Michele) Sometimes this time of year can make you a bit sad and remind you of things you wish you could change. This is a do-over song set to a gorgeous Christmas carol with piano. Mom’s a sucker for piano.
New Again (Sara Evans and Brad Paisley) It must be a mom thing because my mom can’t even imagine having this conversation. She can’t get through this one without tearing up. This is the ultimate mom classic.