Monday, December 21, 2015

Christmas Caroling

Good morning! 

Yesterday started like this:

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and ended like this:

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Balance, right? 

It was a good day, albeit challenging in the parenting-a-3-year-old department.

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First, we went to church with Christmas dresses for the win.

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(Ina’s photography skills are improving.)

Next, we grabbed some lunch to deliver to Dan at work. We sure do miss him on the weekends and should probably venture out to meet him more. After lunch was nap time (which we needed, desperately).

Then, we met up with some of our small group families to go Christmas caroling. I have to be honest and say that this was something I was not looking forward to at all. I went caroling as a kid and I remember it being incredibly horrible and awkward. You ring someone’s doorbell and then stand there and sing while they stand they there and listen.

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Surprisingly, it wasn’t horrible. Yes, it was still awkward, even though less so with cute kids in tow. Yes, we hadn’t practiced the songs, so we sounded pretty interesting. Yes, I didn’t make eye contact with anyone at the first two house. But then, all of a sudden it was fun. 

People actually ran to get their coats and come outside to listen to us. They smiled, waved, and even clapped when we had finished and told each other, “Merry Christmas.” What I didn’t think about was that it was a great way to tell people about Jesus in (off-pitch and weird rhythm) song form. Once I thought of it that way and let go of my ego, I was sad when we finished at the last house.

I am actually looking forward to going next year. Funny how that works, huh? 

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All that singing worked up an appetite, so we met for some hot cocoa and cookies afterwards. 

’Tis the season.

I hope you have a lovely holiday week! <3

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