David Myles is a Juno award-winning musician but despite national success, his Maritime roots run deep and his love of family and tradition is showcased in his Christmas album, simply titled “It’s Christmas.” The album is a blend of original holiday music and crooner classics such as Bing Crosby’s White Christmas, and a source of pride for Myles. We sat down with Myles to discuss the album, family and the holidays, a time of year Myles says; “when I completely shut it down professionally. I turn off my cell phone and settle in for the season. For me, the holidays are a time to celebrate. It’s a time I really cherish.”
Occasions: How did your family celebrate the holidays?
Myles: Growing up in New Brunswick, the biggest night of the year was always Christmas Eve. It was always a big family affair. Tons of family and relatives would come over for a stand up feast. There would be baked ham, brown bread and seafood chowder, which was always full of seafood and butter. You can’t skimp out on these things. It’s really delicious.
Occasions: Now that you are married and a father, have you changed how you celebrate the holidays?
Myles: We are forming our own family traditions. We serve chowder, like my parents, but now we also offer homemade eggnog, a tradition gained from my wife’s side of the family. The eggnog is loaded with eggs and good rum. It’s so rich, you really can’t have too much at a time, but it’s so delicious.