We joined our Glenfield Baptist Church home group in singing to residents of rest homes in North Shore, Auckland.
When the home group set the schedule for carolling, we (Jewel, Jadyn, and I) were excited.
Jewel and I were most excited to see Jadyn experience for the first time what Christmas carolling is.
Unlike my childhood carolling stints, where we expect a gift from the household, the Glenfield Baptist Church home group is doing carolling as a Christmas gift.
We sang Christmas carols on December 16 and 17 to four rest homes and two households.
What a joy to see senior citizens’ bright and happy faces as we sing carols. Some sang along with us when the hymns we sang were familiar to them.
There were a few who cried upon hearing the Christmas songs.
They probably remembered their families and friends during the Christmas seasons when they were still young or when they were with their families celebrating Christmas.
Singing Christmas carols to the elderly is a delightful, meaningful and memorable way to proclaim Christmas.
Though it’s a traditional Christmas melody, Jadyn and Noynoy practised “Away in a Manger” for their special presentation.