Opinion: Clinging to Christmas, hope comes in many ways

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I’ve been listening to Christmas music for almost a month now. There, I said it.

Now don’t get your tinsel in a twist. Let me explain why this season is special to me and my family.

Christmas has been a big part of my family for as long as I can remember. Being Catholic, our family holds Christmas in high regard. Nativity scenes and faith-based decorations can be found around our house.

Christmas is when many Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and with this celebration comes a sense of hope.

Hope: grounds for believing that something good may happen.

The Messiah that the people had waited thousands of years for had finally arrived. And that hope carries into today as we remember the elation of the shepherds, angels and wise men of the biblical stories and reflect these tales in our own lives.

My family has had interesting Christmases traditions and ways to celebrate. We order Valentino’s Pizza every Christmas Eve. We have celebrated in the confines of our hallway while our house was being renovated after a tornado. We have hosted grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and too many boyfriends to count.

One thing has remained constant; the music. Our family is very musically involved; all the kids sing and some of us play instruments

. But Christmas music holds a special place in our hearts. Mom loves playing Christmas music all through the house whenever she can. We were raised on the John Denver Christmas album with the Muppets. As we got older we developed our favorite songs, All is Well by Carrie Underwood, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays by NSYNC, Oh Holy Night from the Glee Christmas episode and countless others.

It wouldn’t matter how loud, obnoxious or upset we were at the time; once the music started, we stopped. We all found comfort in the music and were reminded that no matter what was going on in our lives, whether it be a tornado, a breakup or even cancer, there is always hope.

“A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices. For yonder breaks a new glorious morn.”

Look forward to the morn. The sun will rise. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.