I have been given a bad rap. Many people mistakenly believe that I do not enjoy Christmas music. That statement is only partially true. Allow me to explain. For the longest time, my wife had only a limited amount of Christmas music in our family library. And by limited, I mean all three of the Amy Grant Christmas albums. All three. So, every year when we would go to cut our tree down, decorate it, eat nachos (yes, nachos as a tribute to the Beal-side of the family), read the Christmas story, and drink egg nog – Amy Grant would be singing her heart out from within the iPod player.
It must have been four to five years ago that I began a new tradition in the Farley home – I chose to buy Jana a new Christmas album on the day that we decorate our tree. We have slowly but surely added to our collection over the years. And I have sense discovered something. It is not that I hate Christmas music…it is that I hate AMY GRANT Christmas music. Who would have thought? I would have never had known that had I not decided to do something kind for someone else despite my own personal preferences.
This revelation reminds me of another eye-opening experience that has occurred in my life. I was probably nine years at the time. My Uncle Mike took my cousins and me to Wendy’s. I was so terrified. I had never been to Wendy’s. I was told that I hated Wendy’s hamburgers. My mother and sister could not stand them and therefore I had probably never been there. But I was also taught something else at an early age – to always eat what is given to me (especially when I am the guest). So I ate it. And I loved it. Wendy’s quickly became my fast food restaraunt of choice.
Taste buds change every three years. So I wonder what else I have missed out on in life. The things that I would not do because someone else told me not to? Or the things I tried at one time but maybe was not quite ready for?
I don’t every want to become stuck in my ways. And even worse, impose those opinions and ideas on someone else. I want to grow. Learn. Live. Listen. And even eat?
Just for the record, this year’s Christmas addition is courtesy of by the band called “She & Him.” The best one yet, in my opinion. But you need to give it a listen for yourself.