Music is an integral part of our lives. I, alone, listened to 47,000 minutes of music on Spotify last year. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that there’s a touch of Christmas in our music room this holiday season.
And I don’t mean from the holiday carols being played at the piano. Although, you can bet your holly jolly that’s happening regularly too.
When I say there’s a “touch” of Christmas in our music room, that’s code for “I got carried away folding origami trees and they needed a place to go.”
Do you know how many origami trees you can fold while watching a movie?
Since this is the third blog post I’ve written this year where origami trees were used as Christmas decor, you will know the answer to that question is so, so many.
As it turns out, I don’t need my eyes to “watch” a movie. I need something to keep my hands busy.
All of that time spent folding paper worked out well for me because when I sit at the piano during December to play a Christmas tune, I am immersed in the Christmas spirit with sight and sound.
The paper I used to fold the origami trees shimmers a little and reflects light amazingly well against the glossy finish of the piano.
The whole scene feels a little magical, which is quite amazing for a few bits of paper folded this way and that.
It reminds me of that Norman Vincent Peale quote. “Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”
I love my view from the piano bench on a normal day. However, it is a little softer and more beautiful right now with my forest of origami trees dotting the piano lid.
P.S. I took ten years of piano lessons starting at age 7. It feels like I spent the first two years crying every time my mom made me practice. The crying eventually stopped but I did not practice nearly enough and my fingernails were always way too long. However, it is amazing what you can learn after ten years of applying yourself in a mediocre way to an endeavor. The piano is definitely a creative outlet for me. These days I most enjoy playing songs that I can sing along to.
P.P.S. I was not joking about my 47,000 minutes per year of music listened to on Spotify. That doesn’t include podcasts. I listen to those via a different app. Spotify is the one app our entire family uses and we GLADLY pay for so that we don’t have to listen to ads.
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