Wednesday, December 24, 2008

There's a second verse?

We were standing in church this evening singing Christmas carols when I realized I didn't know the second verse to any of the songs. I stood there looking at the words to several songs thinking, "This thing has four (or five or six) verses? Really?"

There was one little girl behind us who seemed to know all the words to all the verses. The strange thing is the rest of her family didn't know the words. Some day I'll have to ask her Mom how the little girl knew all the words.

The funny thing is most of the rest of the parish didn't know the words either. And, it didn't matter. What did matter is we were together enjoying a beautiful service with others who are part of our new church "family."

We all have several families -- the one we're born into, the one we make with friends, and situational families like a church or other organization. Whichever family you are spending Christmas with, I hope you all have a wonderful day filled with joy and laughter.

1 comment:

Julie K said...

We've been singing Christmas Carols at bedtime from old carolling books for a month now (you know... the one's the insurance companies used to publish before 'politically correct' was a known phrase - one is from 1965 and the other from 1977). My son LOVES Deck the Halls and knows all three verses in our book. We're also partial to God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman and The First Noel. Thanks to those old books, I've been singing all three verses of Silent Night to him since he was a baby as a soothing lullaby (even in the summer). We learned all the verses to Frosty the Snowman last year (I had to go to the internet for those words) and it didn't take long for us to learn it by heart again this year. We're ready for the sing-along at my sister's house this Christmas!
Merry Christmas!