I just returned from a holiday in Italy, touring for 14 days with my baby sister. We have made a pact in the past to be “happiness housekeepers” supporting each other by identifying and enhancing the currents of joy that can and/or do run deep in our respective lives if we but let them.
And, David Archuleta’s music is definitely a current of joy.
So, part of our trip itinerary was to listen to specific songs from Christmas from the Heart at certain sites throughout Italy in pursuit of one of those current’s of joy.
Picture in your mind, two women, one iPod with one earbud each, listening to David’s Christmas songs while completely enveloped in the art, atmosphere and history at these settings:
“O Holy Night” in the Sistine Chapel, while viewing the nine scenes from the Book of Genesis of which the Creation of Adam is the best known.
“The First Noël” next to the Nativity Scene at St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican.
“Ave Maria” at Michelangelo’s last Pietà in the Florence Duomo Museum …..
…and also at Michelangelo’s 1st Pietà in St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.
“Silent Night” and “What Child Is This” while waiting for Christmas Mass at the Duomo in Florence next to the nativity scene (the primary Christmas decoration throughout Italy).
….and the Duomo
“Angels We Have Heard on High” in San Gimignano
“Joy to the World” on New Year’s Eve outside of St Mark’s Basilica in Venice….we toasted all the SnowAngelz here New Year’s Eve.
Ah, such joy, happiness, deeply felt sacredness, and beauty in abundance … we actually wrote a journal detailing our thoughts and feelings and named it “Currents of Joy Tour #1.”
I can highly recommend this “Current of Joy Tour #1.” It weaves a deeply poignant and sacrosanct thread into the profound “current of joy” one already experiences when listening to David’s holiday music … music infused with David’s reverence for the season.
And, laughingly albeit seriously (harking back to our halcyon childhood days) we agreed via pinky swearing to make ‘happiness housekeeping’ a daily discipline… and… to keep experiencing the many currents of joy out there, a top priority in our lives.
Ah, sisterhood is truly a divine gift! And, coincidentally…or maybe not…I feel the same sisterhood connection with all of you here at SnowAngelz! Pinky Swear!