Caroling is a favorite tradition in our family. [Don’t miss the mp3 below of Susan’s family singing an arrangement of “We Three Kings of Orient Are” — arrangement and engineering done by Susan’s son, Weston. They have a tradition of doing a song together at this time of year. **Edited to add “Carol of the Bells” from last year.]
As you can see by the picture below, there are some definite perks to singing to your friends and neighbors!
But beyond the generous goodies we seem to accumulate along the way, there are choice experiences and memories that make the season extra bright for us. There is a wonderful spirit of love and joy that is shared between our family and those that open the door to us. There is pleasant surprise, immediate smiles, happiness, and often tears. Whatever the circumstance that might be going on before the door is opened, the true spirit of Christmas takes over; for those ten minutes or so there is peace, friendship and a feeling of joy shared between us.
What gratitude I have for the gospel of Jesus Christ. How glorious it is to know we are all truly brothers and sisters and that he was born to save us all. May that true joy find a place in our hearts, may we allow it stay awhile, that it can become a feeling we allow to grow and change us for the better.
And “Carol of the Bells” is the song Susan’s family recorded last year together.