Last night we went with the youth Christmas Caroling. In years past, the primary of our ward started this tradition and now the YM/YW have decided to carry on the tradition when the Primary was all to eager to let it go.
Oh, the moans and groans I heard. After I gave myself a pep talk, Oh, the moans and groans I heard from the youth about this. It's too cold, no one likes to sing or no one sings together....on and on and on!
However, we put on our coats, gloves, mittens, hats and loaded up on the Bowler trailer with hay and began singing Christmas songs in the church parking lot.
As we are driving through the neighborhood which felt like 35 mph which then drop the wind chill down to -12, I was touched at listening to the youth and leaders laughing and singing on this cold metal trailer with hay. It doesn't matter what you do, if you are in good company and have the right attitude, any moment can become magical.
The moment that I will never forget is the image of families coming to their door and listening to us sing (off key) and then applaud when we were done. Right then and there, with family and children at the door in their jammies, the Christmas spirit came alive.
It was alive and well and it was a glorious thing to experience.
We stopped in front of the Burt home to chant out "lights, lights, lights" because while the Burts were away on vacation, their good friends changed the U of U color bulbs of red and white to BYU color bulbs of blue and white. Apparently, Brother Burt has now become a scrooge and is refusing to turn his lights on anymore. Or my other favorite was stopping in front of the Glassy home and singing Mailei kimiki maka (sp?) to them as they are leaving us in a month to move to Hawaii'.
We laughed, we sang, we chanted, we froze and as I walked in the door and Brian greeted me with a "how did the night go?" My reply was a heart felt "It was wonderful, I am so glad we did it and this is something we need to do every year."
And then he helped me pick hay out of my rear.
So this holiday season as you are delivering those neighbor gifts, I highly reccomend singing a carol with the delivery. It will add a great meaning to the gift and you will bring the Christmas Spirit even more.