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Lights, Carols, Wreaths–ADVENT!

2014 December 2
by Linda


advent wreathWe had great music and great fun at this year’s ADVENT WREATHS AND CAROLS POT LUCK.  Scrumptious casseroles, pies, cookies, chili, filled the buffet tables—and were soon GONE as LOTS of hungry people came out to enjoy one another’s company.

The choir offered some numbers to get us in the holiday singing mood, followed by spontaneous trios and duets by some of our instrumentalists, and, later in the evening, an inter-generational pick-up choir singing right out of some old hymnals and the great Reader’s Digest Christmas Songbook. Elsewhere in the room, elves were hard at work trimming evergreen boughs and making advent wreaths to take home, folded-paper stars were being produced (or abandoned–those things take some patience!), and little ones were decorating white cross ornaments with bits of red and green.   

We have Music Director John Terison and the members of the Sanctuary Choir to thank for all the wonderful tunes—and not a chipmunk serenade among them!  Thank you, John Tynes, for stepping in to supervise the wreath-making, Pat Sawyer and Mark and Nancy Terison for evergreens, and Joseph Ovady for scouring the countryside last year(!) for sets of Advent candles for this year.  Thanks, too, to the lovely person who brought the cross craft which was just right for small hands.  We also thank those who exhausted themselves setting up for the whole thing, those who put the kitchen back in order afterward, and (God bless ’em) Phil Blake and Althea Croxford for cleaning up after all the rest of us thought we were done!

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