What are your favorite Christmas traditions? Maybe it’s baking cookies, attending Christmas Eve church service or even wearing matching pajamas on Christmas Eve. I also love all of those traditions but added a new favorite to my list this year.
My church, Levels Baptist Church, decided to go Christmas Caroling this past Wednesday night. A fellow church member made a list of church members who can no longer attend church service due to illness. We split up into two teams and headed off to our destinations, not knowing how blessed we would be from this experience.
We were so excited to see Ms. Issie at our first destination. She was a devoted member of the church who sang in the church choir all of her life. As we sang songs like “Joy To The World” and “Silent Night”, she closed her eyes and sang along with us. Our singing, well, could be a lot better but as we continued caroling we found out that no one cared how we sounded! They just enjoyed our company.
Many of the houses were decorated for Christmas and they loved to show us their Christmas decorations. We ewe’d and ah’d over Christmas Trees and Christmas villages. We even had a few tears shed during the night. They were so happy to see us and have company for just those few moments. We wished we could have spent a few more moments with them.
Maybe you could join me this year in bringing joy to an elderly neighbor, friend or relative. You will be surprised at the blessing you receive and you probably will strike up a friendship that you never expected. Remember, every friend was once a stranger. Tis the season for comfort and joy. Our carolers really experienced the meaning of Christmas last night. If you have some similar activities and feel compelled to share, we’d love to hear about your own efforts at sharing comfort and joy in Aiken!
Note: I just wanted to share this experience and the staff at Aiken Blend, decided this is a great place to share the love. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and yours.