Christmas and music just seem to go together. Whatever your taste in music, there's bound to be a musical instrument ornament to match it.
I love music and musical instruments, even though I'm not particularly accomplished as a musician. That's all right, too, however, as just being a member of the human race, I have an appreciation and love for the ways people make music from the time they are very young until they are a ripe old age. I have sung and played music with babies and seniors, and I am convinced that music is one of the things that binds us all together in the human family.
Music is essential to our worship and to our celebrations. One of the world's most popular songs, I've been told, is the "Happy Birthday" song, which lets us know how integral to life is our coming together to sing.
Music is one of the most universal ways of expressing our sense of beauty and truth. Music distinguishes the art and culture of every people on earth.
Music unites us behind a team or behind a nation.
Children can often sing words before they can even speak them. They memorize the alphabet and learn the states and capitals with the help of music.
And the smile on an elderly person's face when hearing an old favorite gives testimony to the power of music in our memories.
So important is our connection to music that Christmas would be unthinkable without its music. We all have pieces of Christmas music that we either love or loath, but the presence of music to this holiday season cannot be avoided.
And why should it? A musical instrument on the Christmas tree is as it should be. Even the angels were said to have announced Christ's birth with trumpets.