Sunday, December 18, 2011

fourth Sunday of Advent

I haven’t been caroling door-to-door since I was a little kid, and I have such a vague sense of the occasion, it may not be a real memory. I’ve caroled as part of organized events at nursing homes, and homebound church members’ homes, but until tonight, I'd never walked through a neighborhood ringing doorbells (of houses with visible Christmas decorations) and singing. We joined the family of one of Cal’s classmates and some of their friends in caroling throughout their neighborhood. I was surprised to find the experience really moved me. Putting it out there – joy to the world! Looking strangers in the eye and wishing them a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Families came outside to stand on their porches and listen and sing along, many of them with babes in arms. On one street we encountered a large apartment building; we stood across the street and started singing, and one window after another opened. I must say, the spirit of Christmas seemed more real, more palpable in that hour than at any other point I can remember.

7 comments:

Purple Flowers said...

That must have been a very beautiful feeling shared by all your senses.

Cathy said...

Lovely, Lecia. Stirs memories of my youth when I caroled door to door. Thanks for my trip "back in time."

Sammi said...

Oh wow, that sounds lovely. i love when carol singers come around, but i am afraid i work evenings nowadays and often miss out. tho' in my village it happens quite often :)

likeschocolate said...

I always enjoyed caroling as a child and young adult. So glad you had a wonderful experience.

rebeccaNYC said...

awww....this post made me a little misty. We caroled often when I was little. I remember starting off at someones house where we practiced with a piano, had some hot cocoa to fortify us and off we went! I loved standing in the cold dark and singing my heart out. Today I am a professional singer so this memory is very dear to me. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I live in Bellevue and last year I experience carolers for the first time since I was a child. My nine year old and I opened the door to find a lovely group of singers....it was truly the BEST part of our holidays. Tears of joy flowed and brought me back to the reason for the season!

KPiep said...

Looks like we aren't the only ones with snowflakes in out windows!

Caroling isn't something I've ever enjoyed that much...but then I don't have a singing voice at all, to the point that singing is uncomfortable.