Seasonal & Holiday

4 Ways to Integrate Music into the Holidays

Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.

-Plato

In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, we all need a little stress relief. Luckily, one of the quickest ways to reach deep inner peace is built right into the holiday season: music.

This year, there are tons of ways to give your universe soul, your mind wings, your imagination flight and your life charm and gaiety on the cheap. Here are four ways to add life to your holiday traditions by integrating music on a budget.

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Gift Music

Want to really surprise someone this holiday season? Dedicate time to learning their favorite holiday tune. Whether you want to brush up your old piano skills or want to bust out that instrument from the fourth grade band, spending a little time learning a song is a meaningful and cost-effective way of giving someone something they’re sure to love.

This is especially true if you are playing for your parents; they’re the ones that invested hours into your childhood practices and recitals, and they’ll be happy to see their investment put to good use all these years later.

You can do a grand performance on Christmas morning or play it as background music in your home throughout the season.

Go Caroling

Caroling is a great way to spread joy not only in your own home, but in your community at large. You can organize a group as small as your own family or as large as your whole neighborhood. To ensure that no one gets lost in the lyrics, make some decisions on specific songs you will sing. Then, print out the music along with the words for each song so everyone can follow along. All it will cost you is a little printer ink.

Enjoy a Concert

This time of year, many communities have free musical events. You may find them at your place of worship or you may find them in the park or community hall (depending on the climate where you live.) You can find them by inquiring at religious organizations or checking the website for your town, city, county or township.

If you’re willing to invest a little bit in auditory pleasures, you can also check out concerts in your area. A good place to start is with your local symphony, but you may also be able to check out holiday shows by major artists or even the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Just be sure to check promo codes from places like Stub Hub before your order your ticket. It’s okay to splurge every once in a while, but there’s no point in missing out on a discount!

Stack Your Playlist

Whether you’re decorating your tree with your family or organizing the office holiday party, make sure your iTunes playlist is stacked with holiday-themed tunes. They invoke memory and cheer, and this is the one time of year they’re actually appropriate! Dedicating an entire playlist to them means you won’t have to run back and forth searching your apps to continue stoking the holiday spirit.