As Sunday drew near, and the weather looked quite interesting, we decided to go ahead with caroling, even though the temperature was to drop 30+ degrees and have wind chills hardly above zero.
The first batch of cinnamon bread was started promptly after we came home from church, and the baking continued throughout the afternoon.
By 5:30, most of the 36 loaves of bread were ready, and family members donned layers and layers of winter clothing. One batch took longer to bake, so Anna and I stayed behind to finish those while the rest began caroling. Candles were quickly extinguished by the wind, so those were left behind after the first few houses. Nathan drove their mini-van with the extra bread, and sometimes several hitched rides in the van from place to place. (Someone in our family had a traumatic Saturday evening, because they stepped on a rusty nail, and we had to take them to an urgent care place to get a tetanus shot. The person managed to make it around for caroling, walking very carefully on the injured foot.)
As we went from house to house, some of the comments were, â€œWe look forward to this every year!â€ to â€œThis is the highlight of our Christmas seasonâ€ to â€œCouldnâ€™t you have picked a warmer evening? This is the coldest of the year!â€ to â€œWould you like to step in?â€ (which we declinedâ€”we were so layered/bundled up, we would roast!), to â€œIâ€™ve been waiting for you!â€ to our favorite, â€œThis is the best Christmas present Iâ€™ve ever ever had!â€
We delight in going to 40 homes in our neighborhood (and a few outside the area) each year. We hear lots of positive feedback from those we go to, but, our hearts are blessed as well! It is something that we look forward to every year, and itâ€™s truly a highlight to our Christmas season.
We would encourage you also to consider taking an evening and blessing those around you.
Rejoicing in Jesus,
Sarah for the family
â€œO come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.â€ Psalms 95:1