Festive musical offerings make season more special.

Beautiful sounds of the season abound.

A couple of fine examples arrived this past weekend in Garden City with the annual Vespers Concert and TubaChristmas.

The Vespers Concert at Garden City Community College featured singers and musicians from throughout the region who again treated listeners to what's become one of the longer-running holiday traditions in the area.

Another annual and unique holiday presentation came in TubaChristmas, the whimsical show in downtown Garden City featuring the sonorous sound of tubas.

Students of all ages and staff in Garden City USD 457 also have been busy this week with concerts.

Still to come would be the Garden City High School vocal department's holiday presentation at 7 tonight in the high school auditorium, with the GCHS band performing at 7 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium. The band's concert will include an opportunity for GCHS band alumni to join the wind ensemble in their performance of "Sleigh Ride."

Such sound musical offerings from local and talented musicians always come as a welcome, refreshing treat at a time we're also bombarded with nonstop, canned renditions of holiday tunes ringing through stores, restaurants, waiting rooms and anywhere else people gather. Hearing "Jingle Bells" and many other old standards presented in such a way can be enough to turn even jolly folks into Scrooges during the countdown to Christmas.

The piped-in tunes do at least have a way of making people appreciate the quality of live holiday music delivered by friends and neighbors, as their songs of the season inspire us at schools, churches and concert halls.

There's so much to love about the universal language of music. Who hasn't had their spirits lifted by music that creates a needed escape from the challenges of everyday life, to include the often stressful hustle and bustle of the holiday season?

In the midst of the Christmastime rush, it's always nice to take a break and enjoy the splendid sounds of the holiday season brought to us by students and other music lovers in the region all of whom deserve praise for delivering such wonderful gifts to their communities.