The days have not been easy. Darkness came too early and quickly with the time change. We struggled to look for the happy in lives that had become quite chaotic.
Then December came and with that we had the countdown we needed, to a little bit of magic that always comes our way this time of year.
It’s something created through the hearts and happiness of a group of smiling faces that work so hard to bring us that Christmas cheer through the joy of singing.
All week, we would smile at each other and remind ourselves that it would not be much longer! We couldn’t wait to sing and laugh as we get together in the usual place on our now reserved Sunday night. Before we knew it, the big moment arrived.
In we walked. By now, we knew many and many knew us. Hugs were given and we looked this way and that to check out the now very familiar faces. Catching up and having a bit of cheer, we became silent as they all took the stage.
A tune that we all know so well began to play…
And our merry little Christmas officially started.
For years, my friend and some of her friends get together to practice, then put on a Christmas show of singing songs. The selection ranges from classics to others that have a deep musical history. The crowd is always invited to join in or at least I think we are as we can’t help but sing the chorus to, “O Come, All Ye Faithful or “Silent Night”. Thankfully, most of us left the songs with the wide vocal ranges to the professionals.
This is a group who as talented as they always have been, only grow stronger every year.
No matter which way you turn your head, there is so much uncertainty around but there is also the good. It’s the good that brings people together like this. You take something that everyone can relate to and want to be a part of and it all comes together. Add some lights and some very festive clothing ( I am looking at you, Perry!) and we have December magic!
Each year we attend, we think of the show as a gift. Cindy who has been the magician of this if you will; always talks to the audience about how the performance this year came about and what meaning it brings for us this time. The audience listens and make the connections as if she is speaking with each of us personally. We take it all in.
Deep breaths are let out as if a weight has been lifted.
The instruments are picked up again and the notes travel across the room.
The voices come back together in a harmony that fills our hearts and will continue to do so long after we leave.
Until Next year, friends.
We always love your songs and cheer!