Why I Won’t Be Playing the Piano This Christmas

Like many people, one of my favorite Christmas movies is It’s a Wonderful Life with Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey. And my favorite scene in the movie occurs at the end when all the townspeople visit George’s house to help him, and his daughter Janie plays “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” so everyone can sing along. I always imagined that one day I, too, would sit at the piano on Christmas and lead my family through all of our favorite carols. Unfortunately, that won’t happen again this year, and I have no one to blame but myself.

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Jim LaBate

Jim LaBate works as a writing specialist in The Writing Center at Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC) in Troy, New York.