This is a Christmas music video of my original song that I wrote two years ago called “Through the Eyes of a Child”.
The world has grown too cynical about Christmas but there is a part of me that will never forget the innocent enjoyment of Christmas Day. I need only to look in the eyes of a child to find it.
I was born in England. My early memories of Christmas are therefore of a turkey dinner. My mom makes a very special kind of stuffing made with grated suet, herbs, breadcrumbs and lemon juice. As well as filling the cavity of the turkey, the mix is balled and baked in cupcake pans and the small stuffings come out crisp like biscuits. Delicious! We still make them every year although suet is getting harder and harder to find.
This was followed by a home made Christmas pudding, steamed for hours over a double boiler in November. On Christmas day each serve was slathered with custard and one lucky child would find a silver sixpence in their bowl.
I joined groups of friends going around to neighbouring houses singing Christmas Carols, of school choirs and listening to and singing along with my family to a wide variety of Christmas songs. I remember the anticipation and excitement as new presents went under the tree. I remember lying in bed listening to see if I could hear Santa or the reindeer. Most of all though I remember the happiness of being with my family, of laughing and talking and singing with them.
Now I live in Australia and my kids have grown up without many of these memories, no sixpence, no snow, Carols by Candlelight but not singing door to door to neighbours.
They have other – different – memories. Christmas Days when we went for a swim at the beach. Eating fresh seafood at lunch as well as turkey and ham. They remember hot days when we eat outside and of visiting districts where whole houses are strung up with colourful twinkling Christmas lights, not just a single Christmas tree.
But essentially their memories are the much the same. They are filled with love and joy, with the company of a large family, of the anticipation of waiting for the special day, and of giving and receiving presents. We took a lot of photos at Christmas and although they are only snapshots, I think we managed to capture some of this in them.
Of course I no longer get quite so excited about presents, but I have remembered this feeling each year – through the eyes of my children. I hope to never forget it as they have young children of their own.
This is a simple version of my song and some of the family photos we have taken over the years at Christmas. One day maybe I’ll have time to add the extras I can hear to my songs in a studio, and make better videos. Meanwhile I hope you enjoy this Christmas music video as the silly season approaches.
Love is about sharing and Christmas is about love. I hope your Christmas is happy and filled with love and that this Christmas music video helps you to enjoy remembering what it is to see Christmas – through the eyes of a child.
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