I awoke this morning and had no idea what I was going to post today aside from my musical Advent selections, but then some wonderful things happened.
First of all, happy first day of winter everyone!
I know I have been a little bit of a grumpy gus over the weather situation this week since I fell and hurt myself. But in all honesty, I seriously still love winter. It’s magical and I just can’t help myself. I feel so happy when I see the snow glistening outside. I’m a little cranky pants when I have to walk on sidewalks that are yet to be shoveled – but as soon as I get to that one house that left the snow untouched just for like a foot so their kids could have an extra bit to sled down, the happiness bubbles back up again.
I was teaching this morning – fully hating the fact that I was awake and having to teach. Now that I have sent in my notice of leaving the company, I’m totally over it. Yesterday I had a new student who was quiet and very reserved, and it was the same student this morning. But this morning it was like someone had taken over her body. It was a totally different experience! She was happy and bubbly and engaged. It made me consider not quitting just to teach this one student. I would never do that, but still the thought crossed my mind hehe.
Half way through our lesson she giggles and says “you like to sing!” And I have to admit I do. We can’t be friends IRL if you’re annoyed by random singing. I sing sentences (do you want to build a snowman?!) or just random words. Like why just say “awesome” when you can SING “awweessooommme!!” I know, I know. It’s a little bit too Bubbly McGee for some people but that’s just who I am. Ya either love it or you hate it. It got worse after I spent all that time in Kindergarten and now I just can’t stop!
So at the end of our class, we had a little bit of time. We drew some pictures together and then sang our goodbye song. Today it was “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” She knew the song so I just did some actions on my end while she sang. Then she asked “Can I sing you another song?” and I was like “um YES! please!” So I was expecting something cute and simple but she busted out Edelweiss. WHAT?! And man could this girl sing! It literally brought tears to my eyes, it was perfection. Christopher Plummer and Julie Andrews would be proud at her skills.
Then, I look into my planner and see the songs that I have written in for today’s advent. From my favourite Christmas movie of all time White Christmas. It’s from 1954 and stars Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney (yes George’s aunt), and Vera Ellen. It’s magical in ways that only 1950’s musicals can be.
It’s kind of long, just over 2 hours, but my brother and I watch it every Christmas Eve. Now that my parents have moved and don’t have TV’s on multiple floors of their house, we watch as a family. Which can be a little annoying for seating and there are constant reminders of NO SINGING MOM!! But it’s our tradition and it works.
Now I’m just going to leave it here for you. If you have time today, or tomorrow, or literally anytime, watch it. It’s a family movie (no sexytimes/profanity in this production!) and it’s pure bliss. At least for me, and that’s why I’m sharing it. And in fact, I will be watching it as soon as this is posted and I read through all the blog posts from the last 24 hours in my email! ❤
If you don’t have the time, or inclination, to watch the full movie, here are two songs (for the advent calendar) from the film. I wish I could just post all the musical numbers for you (minus the two that I don’t really like). Just turn up the volume, sit back, close your eyes and marvel in the sound.
Snow – what a perfect song to reflect my love of snow!
White Christmas – I can’t tell you how much I love Bing’s version of this song. Like goosebumps love it. Everytime. His voice is just so perfectly suited for it. Gah amazing.