About five years ago my husband surprised me with a piano for Christmas (big surprises are kind of his thing). We had talked about wanting one for our family, and I had visions of listening to our children sit down to play and sing for us. Of course, our son was only two at the time and I was very pregnant with my daughter, so no one really had much time or ability to play it. The piano mostly collected dust that first year.
The following year I got the idea to host a holiday party, basically as an excuse to hire a "real" piano player to come over and take the piano out for a spin. I called it my Christmas gift to myself, and boy was it was worth it! It felt like such a weird, extravagant, grown-up thing to do, to hire a musician for an event, but it felt really special and I loved every minute of it! Now my kids are old enough that they like to sit down and play, and they're old enough that my husband and I can find some time to play, too. But since none of us sound particularly professional, the tradition has continued and I look forward to our party all year long.
In preparation for this year's event we had the piano tuned up and a chipped key replaced, and in the process I got a good look at our instrument's interior. It's gorgeous in there! String instruments, by comparison, leave little to the imagination, but all the fun inner workings of the piano were quite a sight to see. Here are a few photos, in case you're curious . . .
How do you incorporate music into your holidays? Do you love blasting Christmas songs, or go caroling around the neighborhood? Would you ever hire a musician for a Christmas party? I'd love to hear about it. :)