Sherry Stocking Kline
December 21, 2009
Thanks to Thomas MacEntee of Geneabloggers for today’s Advent Calendar Challenge:
What songs did your family listen to during Christmas? Did you ever go caroling? Did you have a favorite song?
My family always loved music and I grew up listening to carols on the radio first, then 45 rpm records, then a stereo, then a tiny (by then standards) battery operated transistor radio.
Today, there’s music on the stereo, computer, smart phone, and iPod! It’s so easy to listen wherever you are.
Growing up near the tiny town of Mayfield, Kansas, our church youth group at the Mayfield Federated Church (a Methodist and Presbyterian combined church) always went caroling.
Our group would set out on foot (remember, it’s a tiny town) in the cool, crisp air, and it was always a fun and joyous evening of laughter, singing, and wishing the townspeople, mostly seniors, but often others who had been ill and shut-in, a very Merry Christmas.
Our pastor and his wife usually led the singing and ‘herded’ us from house to house. There were many of ‘Grandma age’ in our town, and many of them had grandchildren in the group, so they knew each and every one of us, were often called Grandma by many who were not their grandchildren, and they were always delighted to see us!
A side benefit we often enjoyed was that several of them were extremely good cookie bakers, and we might be given cookies to enjoy while walking around the town.
After the caroling was done for the evening we’d gather back at the church for cookies and cocoa, and then sometime walk down to the school’s gymnasium for indoor games.
I know the seniors enjoyed the carols, but the fun and fellowship for all of us was priceless.