Sunday evening turned out to be perfect for caroling. Although we had been experiencing frigid temperatures last week, Sunday warmed up to the twenties. What a blessing!
Friday, Anna and Anna Marie whipped up batches of Poppy Seed bread, with Mom helping cleanup and package the loaves. I printed a Christmas message to go with them, while Mary made the cards look cute. Team work!
Sunday evening (at five exactly), we began our trek to the surrounding neighborhood and noticed moisture in the air. That turned into fluffy snowflakes which spiraled from the sky. It was stunningly beautiful. The Lord gave a small band of snow for our caroling. We trooped house to house, ringing doorbells, waiting for someone to answer, and then sharing joy.
If you haven’t started a caroling tradition, I encourage you that it’s not too late. If you’re a family with only little ones, perhaps invite another family to join you who have older children. That way you have more of a singing presence, and the young ones will add the cute factor, as we call it.
We keep it simple. One verse of a carol followed by “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” Sometimes, we’ll sing two verses, depending on several variables (i.e. perhaps the person is trying to call someone else to come to the door too). Also, we’ve found taking notes after the fact helps. For example: how many loaves did we make? how many did we give out? what time did we start? did it allow enough time to get through all the houses? etc.
After we finished caroling, Christopher and Anna Marie had the carolers over for a special party with treats.
“For he that is mighty hath done to me great things;
and holy is his name.
And his mercy is on them that fear him
from generation to generation.”