Nearing our first Christmas season,
Husband Then Boyfriend and I were out shopping together when the store’s radio began playing a Christmas song, one of my favorites actually, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” It was early for Christmas music so it caught me by surprise and the nostalgia of that song swept me away. I was so filled with the happiness merriness of the season that in my excitement I started to tear up.
Husband, to this day, still remembers that moment. And for me, it was just what happens during Christmas. To ask me to pick a favorite Christmas song is like asking me to pick a favorite piece of writing. Impossible. I could try but it would sound something like:
I told you. To choose my all time favorite Christmas song would be impossible. My least favorite? That’s easy. “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.” I don’t know who it’s by. Don’t care. Hate.
But favorite? Impossible.
I guess I could pick something special to me this year. This year is the first year that my daughter is starting to get Christmas. The first year that I could revel and roll around in what it will be like to celebrate Christmas with my children. She blows kisses to Santa every night and spots him on lawn ornaments and Christmas trees and TV shows and yells, “Santa!” She watches Disney’s Christmas Sing Along videos on YouTube every night. And her favorite song, her absolute favorite song is “Jibba Ga.” Oh wait, that’s how she says it. You would know it as “Jingle Bells.”
So when we are in the car and she
says demands “Jibba Ga” I know that I should press play and get ready to listen to Michael Bublé and The Puppini Sisters’ sweet rendition of “Jingle Bells.” And then re-listen and re-listen and listen again and re-listen more – luckily I have the CD in the car. And as soon as the song finishes and Rafaella says, “Mas” (which means “more” in Spanish) we listen to “Jibba Ga” again. Another 23 times. And I don’t mind it one bit. Because truthfully, it is THE BEST rendition of “Jingle Bells” I’ve ever heard too so I see why she loves it so much.
It’s kind of a big deal. It’s her first favorite Christmas song. At a point in my life someone referred to me as “Jenny Christmas” so you could say that Christmas is kind of a big deal for me. And so her first favorite Christmas song… well, that’s a major big deal for me (as will your first favorite Christmas song be too, Santiago). I should also add that Bublé has SUCH an incredible history in the life of Husband and I, that her song choice makes it even more special.
One day they’ll both grow up and (fingers crossed) love Christmas music as much as I do and they will bop along and fall in love with plenty of other great Christmas songs but right now, this year? “Jibba Ga” is it.
Let’s just hope they never grow up and ask me to repeat play “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.”
That would be catastrophic.