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Our family does not just “deck the halls” at Christmas time. We also “sing the Yuletide carols.”

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Olivia is especially busy these days, as one of the Kent Roosevelt High School ACEs (the top ensemble of the school’s choir system). They’ve got several gigs this month, doing Christmas carols at local festivals, elementary schools, a nursing home, a Rotary Club meeting, and such. And we like to go and listen when we can. Yesterday, the gig was in the town of Peninsula, in the heart of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. They sang for a tree-lighting ceremony. Then they did a short set in a small chapel. And they finished by wandering throughout the shopping district, singing Christmas carols as they went.

More than just the official performances, though, we find ourselves doing a lot of singing as we go about our everyday lives. We sing in the car and around the house. When we went to my parents’ house for decorating on Monday, our whole family sang in four-part harmony as we did our decorating work. I’m not sure if it’s a “Church People” thing, or a Scandinavian cultural thing (I have anecdotal evidence to suggest both could be at play). But we’re kind of into choral music. Year-round — but especially at Christmastime.

This week has also been an interesting week for analyzing trends related to the way our family listens to music. Because, as you may know, Spotify (our family’s preferred music streaming service) released its annual “Wrapped” reports.

Our family’s group text was far more active than usual, as we each shared the insights into each other’s listening trends throughout the last year. I learned that my “Audio Aura” is apparently “chill and confident” — which seems a little bit silly, but also something fun to discuss.

There weren’t any big surprises for any of us. Still, it’s fun to share our lives, through sharing our music. I’m grateful for ears to hear and a voice to sing. I don’t think any less of you if you interact with music in a different way. But in any event, I do wish that you “have yourself a Merry little Christmas.”

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