The piano in the great room is decked with candles and garland.  My favorite Christmas carol book is open to Silent Night.  A stack of carefully-gathered sheet music waits its turn underneath:  White Christmas, Sleigh Ride, The Christmas Song, Rudolph, Silver Bells…  I gleaned the sheet music over many years, searching through stacks at auctions, looking for the same favorites my Aunt Noreen would play every Christmas.  Now all I need to do is sit down and do the same.

I am not very good on the piano.  I play once a year, at Christmas, for my own enjoyment–or chagrin depending on how well my fingers remember the notes on any given day.  Because of dyslexia, I find it very difficult to play when anyone else is listening and especially when anyone is singing with me.  A distraction of any sort causes the finger memory to completely leave me.  I cannot even convincingly “fudge” as Elizabeth Bennett did when forced to play in Pride and Prejudice. 

Still, I always regret when I haven’t taken sufficient time to play the old carols and standards during the season.  Without them–it just isn’t Christmas!





About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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