Doesn’t this sound like fun?
Chris and his family (4 children ages 6,4,2,+ a newborn) rented a small bus. Filled it with grandparents, aunts and uncles and friends, and they went Christmas caroling.
Where did you go? To the Warm Friend in Holland, MI (the Warm Friend is a Retirement Home for elderly individuals and couples.)
What were the individual responses to the experience? After we finished singing, a number of the residents thanked us, and interacted with our children. The kids loved the model train that was set up in the common room, and we ended up spending some additional time watching it do loops around the track and talking with residents.
Any other comments about the experience? The guests had the biggest smiles on their faces and seemed genuinely grateful that we were there. And this is in spite of the fact that we were less like a choir, and more like a boisterous, musical rabble. They loved to see the little children bundled up in their winter garb and joining in the carols.
It sounds like so much fun, and Chris and his family are considering making this a family tradition.
I hope that this inspires some of you to find ways to bring joy to other people this Christmas.