Friday, December 23, 2011
Must Watch Friday: The Sound of Music
When I was a kid, the CBC played The Sound of Music every Christmas. It was usually on a Sunday afternoon, and because of commercials it took the WHOLE afternoon to watch it. It was something I watched with my mother, because we both loved the music, Julie Andrews, Georg, and the little finger that got caught in Frederick's teeth.
When I moved away from home, The Sound of Music went with me. I don't know if I got Mom's copy or if she bought me my own, but the love of it is hereditary because when my first daughter was a baby she adored it. She would play it over and over again. If she were having a terrible two day, in would go Maria and the nuns and she would park herself on the floor in blissful happiness. Then tragedy struck.
By this time dvd's were on the scene, so we replaced it with a dvd. And we still watch it every Christmas, usually with hot cocoa and fresh cookies and a fire in the fireplace.
We sing along, because we can. It drives the husband crazy. We begin with How do you Solve a Problem Like Maria and our favourite line is throwing the whirling dervish out of whirl. There's I Have Confidence and Sixteen Going on Seventeen and Do Re Mi of course. And there are the quieter songs - My Favourite Things and Edelweiss and Must've Done Something Good are all songs I sang softly to my babies as I rocked them at night.
We never really get tired of watching it, and it's one of those traditions that I hope we'll carry on for many years to come. Maybe when they've flown the nest, they'll come back and have a Sound of Music afternoon with their old mom.
I might even make cocoa.
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