‘Tis the season of many religious activities. Cantata’s, pageants, children’s Christmas programs, and candlelight services are all popular church activities. However, my favorite is caroling.
The carolers gather at our church about five o’clock. The kids and agile adults climb onto a hay wagon pulled by a John Deere tractor. A list of shut-ins and elderly citizens in our community has been made. The local 4-H club has assembled goodie baskets for us to deliver during our evening trek around the community. A few of the carolers who are unable to get on and off the trailer will follow in cars.
We stop at a designated home, knock on the door, sing two or three carols, present the basket of goodies, and a few of the carolers will visit with the resident(s) a minute or two as the rest of us climb onto the hay wagon. Before we finish, even if the weather is nice, we are cold to the bone. So we head back to the church where some of the women have several steaming crockpots of soup ready. As we ravenously eat the warm meal, we have a fun time of reminiscing about the highlights of the evening event. Caroling is not only fun because church members of all ages participate but also because we are spreading the joy of Christ’s birth in our community.
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:14
So how are you spreading the joy of Christmas in your community?
Lord, thank you for the birth of Jesus our Savior. Create in us a desire to share this joyous event with our family, friends, and neighbors.