Christmas is a wonderful time of year to remember God’s gift of salvation through Christ. It’s a time for joy, family, friends, and way too much great food! But Christmas can also be a very lonely and sad time for people, especially those who are no longer able to get out and about. So we try to annually go to them, caravanning from place to place, to share some time together, deliver handmade cards and sometimes trinkets, and sing our favorite Christmas carols to them — and with them!
We practice at church right before we go. No big training session needed. How ever people learn Christmas carols, everyone, from the youngest to oldest, seems to know most of them! And we’re not the Harlem Tabernacle choir. We as soulfully as we can sing Silent Night and O Come All Ye Faithful, but a favorite of our group is Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. You know, the one where his shiny nose glows — like a lightbulb.
We also dress for the occasion.
Over the years we’ve visited people at their homes, and they’ve invited others over to make it part of their holiday festivities. They often provide us with treats to sustain us on our journey. We’ve visited New Life family in care facilities where we always get to sing for a group. It’s wonderful to see people who apparently no longer know their family members so joyfully join us in a song branded in spirit.
We expect to reach out and go out again this year. Ready to join us?