Today on the Open Book Blog Hop we’re discussing holiday songs!
Every year I hear the same argument in November — when is the earliest radio stations should play holiday music? I honestly would listen to it all year long. There is one song in particular I love and will listen to whenever my heart desires. Now that it’s December, I can come across it on the radio and smile, or cry, when I hear it.
The song I love is one many despise. It usually tops “most hated holiday songs” lists, but I adore it.
“Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer.”
Yes. THAT song. Why? As a kid it was a silly song, and then one day it held an entirely different meaning. Now I’ll cherish that song forever.
Grandmas are the best. They love you unconditionally, spoil you, kiss your owies, and make you laugh. My grandma was no different. She passed away at the very young age of 55 when I was in grade school. I remember rummaging with her, sleeping over at her house, and those crazy antique rugs in her house. The reason I love the holiday song is not a memory I recall, but I have photographic proof of it. The picture makes me laugh, fills my heart with warmth, and brings tears at the same time.
Yes, MY grandma got run over by a reindeer.
Okay, not really. But she pretended she was. The song was one all us kids loved and she and Grandpa thought this would be a funny prank. She had the hoof prints on her back, the bandaged head, and a deer leg sticking out of her cast. We thought she really had been run over! What a relief that she really hadn’t been.
Every day I think of my grandma, and every holiday season I look forward to hearing this song. Sometimes I sit back and think of her and smile when I hear it and others I break down into tears. Laugh or cry, it’s a song I’ll always cherish.
I love and miss you, Grandma.
This holiday season, curl up and enjoy some books. Check out The Art of Going Home by Nicole Sorrell if you’re in the mood for romance and mystery.
For the first time in a decade, Maddie Chandler returns to her small home due to the unexpected death of her surrogate mother, her beloved “Aunt” Ceci. To deal with her overwhelming grief she finds herself relying on the steadfast strength of her high school crush, local attorney Zac Redondo. Though she scolds herself for depending on him so much, she can’t seem to find the strength to resist their mutual attraction.
During her visit, Maddie is haunted by childhood memories of her twin sister Angeline, who was killed at the age of ten. She is persuaded to investigate the unsolved murder only because she fears refusal will threaten her very sanity. Her mother eventually succumbed to mental illness after Angeline’s death, and Maddie is terrified she will also be overcome by madness. Her inquiries into her sister’s case uncover years of deceptions that were maintained to safeguard her from the brutal truth. Not only is her life threatened by her pursuit of justice for her twin, it ultimately causes her world to shatter.
Sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, Maddie’s personal journey exposes her vulnerabilities as she struggles to accept the love of the man who holds the key to her future happiness. While coping with the hostilities of her estranged father she discovers the true meaning of family from a boisterous clan that is not linked to her by blood, and unwittingly strengthens the fragile bond with the one relative she was determined to say goodbye to forever.