Did you grow up with the traditional reading of Clement Moore’s “The Night Before Christmas”?
In our house, the Family Singers did it one better — we sang it! My mother was a piano teacher, and spent many an hour practicing Ken Darby’s wicked score that set Moore’s immortal poem to song. Every Christmas Eve our family would gather around the piano and sing our hearts out.
This year, when my family gathered for Thanksmas, we didn’t have a piano player that could tackle this score. My mom is in a wheelchair and none of the rest of us have had the time to practice this bear of an accompaniment. Thankfully, we now have the magical invention called YouTube, so here’s Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians singing it in 1955. We were able to sing along with the computer, and so can you. I highly recommend that you add this tradition to your Christmas Eve.