It was with the child-like excitement of my 5 year old that she exclaimed, “Mommy, we are carolers now!” The Christmas season can easily become busyness, shopping, and running to and from relatives houses and miss the fulfilment of serving and bringing “good tidings of joy” to others.
On Sunday, December 15, 2013, a group of families launched out with a simple desire to bring those good tidings of joy to others. We started at Wetumpka Health & Rehabilitation nursing home, just gathering in the hallways and occasionally stopping in to a patient’s room to see if we could sing for them. We even had a groupie in a wheelchair who strolled down the hall with us! Those residents who were hard of hearing would have a smile come to their face just in watching the little ones ring their little jingle bells. As one elderly lady put it, “that was the best part!” We found some residents had family visiting while others looked to be lonely. It was a reminder that someone’s presence can be a beautiful gift, knowing you aren’t forgotten.
From the nursing home we caravanned back to Emerald Mountain to knock on a few doors with some songs of the season. It was a frigid night, but just right for what Christmas caroling ought to feel like. It was a blessing to interact with neighbors we’d never met. Some of them who knew we were coming we even prepared with candy and goodies for the kids. A few simple hours of serving, singing, and walking, but it seemed so appropriate for what the season is all about.