This past December 21st my niece, Maine and her two brothers, Eric and Kevin sang, “O Holy Night” at our church’s Night of Christmas Carols. My sister, Lucy, my daughter, Kate, and niece, Maine and I also sang three carols together, “Away in a Manger”, “Silent Night” and “Rockin Around the Christmas Tree.” My daughter, Kate and I sang Ave Maria together.

My brother, Guy sang “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”, my father sang “A Blue Christmas”, and my niece, Olivia sang “Silent Night”. My niece, Elizabeth played the flute in a duet. Kevin played “Carol of the Bells” on the zylophone. Eric very debonairly sang, “Have Yourself a Very Merry Christmas”.

In other words, our family performed half of the program.

It was the first time in many years that so many of us participated and sang so many songs at church. That is one of the most precious memories of this Christmas for me. My eleven month old grandson, Noah loves music and he really enjoyed it and was singing along with all the songs.

It’s a shame we have to wait until just a few weeks a year to sing these beautiful Christmas carols.