The holidays can add to the level of activity. Parties, concerts, recitals, programs, family visits…
The fact that some stores started playing holiday music on Halloween means you may have heard “Frosty the Snowman” and “Jingle Bells” a few thousand times in addition to the songs your children may be singing or listening. Chances are, the sounds around you add up to commotion/racket/blare.
Here are my 3 music tips for moms this holiday season to add a little tranquility to the cacophony around you.
1. Have times and places for music free (quiet) moments.
Turn off the mp3, the TV, the radio. Enjoy some quiet. 5 minutes can be a chance to rest your ears. Even children benefit from periods of quiet. If possible, take a few minutes to soak in silence when the children nap or sleep. If possible, sit down, close your eyes, and focus on your breath.
2. Control the music selections when you can.
If you have an mp3 player, create playlists. Make some child friendly. Mix in a variety of music and styles. Have playlists for housecleaning and laundry folding (and other regular household chores).
3. Join in the music making.
Create memories that last a lifetime. Often those in senior living communities comment about how their families made music together.
Enjoy the process. Aim for laughter rather than perfection.
Consider some singalongs for you and the family. Go out and carol your neighbors. Create your own family songs. You can use existing carols like this example by Rachelle Norman, MT-BC.
Do you play an instrument? Get it out and create a family band. Play some holiday songs along with other music you enjoy.