Unique Yet Classic Christmas Gift

cd-coverA couple of weeks ago I wrote about the all time best present we have ever given our grandparents for Christmas – Family Dinner Coupons.

Today I write about the second best present.

A couple of years ago I was struggling with a meaningful, inexpensive gift idea for my parents and grandparents. (Surprise! I struggle with this every year.) I polled my Facebook friends for ideas. One of my super creative and talent friends passed along the idea of a CD.

I know what you are thinking, “Do people even listen to CDs any more?” Trust me, they listen to this. A CD full of songs sung by super cute mini grandchildren voices? My grandparents can’t get enough of it. They listen to it every time they make the hour long trek to our house to visit.

And although they tell me all the time how much they love it, I think I may love it even more.

In 2014 we released our first ever Clemens Classic CD. On it are a couple dozen songs sung by my cute, talented children.

From church songs, to nursery rhymes, to Christmas classics, the CD has everything – including a couple of wails from baby sister in the background.

There are songs that they all sing together. There are solos. This will be the first year that our baby girl will debut (intentionally that is).

There are songs that they have learned to play on the piano. There are songs they have written themselves. We really get into this.

I think I may like this gift more than my parents or grandparents.

I can’t tell you how cute it is to hear my youngest son try to sing “Head, Shoulders, Knees and toes.” He says, “and eyes” about three times during that number. And oh those cute little voices! I forget how much they change year after year.

This gift has turned into something I cherish. It started out as a simple gift for my parents and grandparents, but it has turned into a treasured keepsake.

So if you are looking for an easy, inexpensive yet meaningful Christmas gift idea, try making a CD. You can have your kids sing things they have learned at school. You can have them pound out a new self composed masterpiece on the piano. You can record them talking about their grandparents or their favorite activities. Anything goes.

This year we will put out the third volume of Clemens Classics. I can’t wait to hear how it turns out!


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