Upon walking through the door, we were greeted by so many smiling faces. The crowd seems to get bigger each year. Christmas lights were strung around the room giving us the full effects of that magical look this holiday can pull off like no other.
We moved through the bar area saying our hellos, filling up plates with food and finding our spots. While we waited, the conversation turned to how many years we had been coming to this, “Merry Little Christmas” celebration.
Four years? Five years?
Enough to know that we now had a tradition in place. One that brings us joy and reminds us how special it is to bring people together in December.
After all, it is the most wonderful time of year, isn’t it? Well, we try really hard for that to happen.
My friend, Tracie sings a variety of Christmas songs with a very gifted group of singers each year. They invite family and friends to join. We are treated to a festive meal and performances that will make you wonder why you don’t go to live shows more often.
When they take the stage and begin the first song, a hush comes over the crowd.
Even as I type this, I can hear the melodies in my head. The now familiar faces sing their hearts out. Do they know how the spirit of the season comes alive with their voices?
Christmas music brings so many emotions out. All you had to do was scan the faces around the room. At different times in the music, you could see a wide range of how the words were moving people.
At times if I closed my eyes, I felt like a little girl at my mom’s side for Christmas Eve services. That is always one of my favorite parts of going each year. It brings back home in my heart.
We sang along. You just can’t resist the classics like Santa Claus is Coming To Town or Have a Holly Jolly Christmas. People had arms around each other and were swaying as the instruments played on.
In a beautiful and moving piece to the audience, Cindy, (the incredibly talented person who guides everyone together for this event) spoke about the changes one year can bring. When you have a tradition, time can be easily thought of in pieces. Where were you last year? What were you doing? What troubles did you not yet know would arrive? What has the year brought you?
It’s a part of life.
I blinked back so many tears.
You see it was a very hard year. And I was not alone with my thoughts in that crowd. Others were visibly moved too.
My friends and I smiled at each other. some moments are priceless when you don’t even have to explain how you feel. The world is a much better place when you have the support of those who love you not just at Christmas but all through the year.
The room seemed to come alive with another momentous song as we all sang the words, “You may say I’m a dreamer But I’m not the only one.” Can you feel the words that bring hope?
Where will we all be a year from now?
The song, Silent Night stays with me as I hug my friends and hope that we are all okay.
All is calm…
then all is bright.
That too is a part of life.
The last song of the night started to play…
“Faithful friends who are dear to us gather near to us once more.”
I already have the date saved for the next “Merry Little Christmas.”
Thank you to the wonderful Merry Little Christmas choir for making this tradition such a fun and beautiful one!
Tracie- your friendship means the world!
I hope everyone enjoys the holiday season and I hope that whatever life is putting on your plate, that you are surrounded by the best of friends and maybe just a bit of music to bring you light.