Singing Christmas Carols, Touching Lives

 

On 23 December 2011, 6:00 PM, the Glenfield Baptist Church home group went to one big rest home. There we sang Christmas carols in their lounges, rooms, and hallways.

We just found great time singing and sharing the Christmas message to elderly folks who were awake.

We were singing in one room when one staff approached us. She invited the group to sing to a dying occupant.

As we sang “Silent Night”, the folks of the elderly who was about to rest in peace were teary-eyed. I saw the rest home staff crying too.

When Sharon and Jewel sangChristmas Isn’t Christmas Til it Happens in Your Heart“, the message of the song and the scene in the room, the elderly who’s dying moved every one of us.

I was just holding my tears for I was already crying inside. I suppose the dying person can hear the song too.

I felt sad thinking that one person listening to “Christmas Isn’t Christmas…” won’t hear songs again here on earth. Joyful of the thought she will be singing with Jesus Christ and the saints in heaven.

As I joined in singing the chorus I saw one woman in the room. She’s probably a daughter of the elderly. She was listening intently with very sad countenance, her eyes staring afar.

Truly, we feel sad when our loved one dies but Christmas is our hope for everlasting life. And what joy would it be when you are singing and celebrating Christmas with the grand celebrator, Jesus Christ.

Sharing the Christmas Spirit through caroling is one Christmas season that I and my family will never forget.

Christmas 2011 is very memorable not only because it was our first Christmas in Auckland but most of all we shared Christmas and touched lives through caroling.

Children and adults are excited as they wait along the streets to see what’s coming up for the annual Santa Parade.

People waiting for the Santa Parade Auckland 2011 to start.

Will God find the same excitement and anticipation when Jesus Christ comes again?

Let’s keep watching and praying. Who knows tomorrow will be TRUE CHRISTMAS again!

Singing Carols as Christmas Gift

 

Glenfield Baptist Chuch Home Group

Filipino singers sing Philippine carols as Quinton of South Africa (standing left) and Kelly of South America (sitting right) listen.

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 caroling, we (I, Jewel and Jadyn) were all excited. Jewel and I were most excited to see Jadyn experience for the first time what Christmas caroling is.

Unlike my childhood caroling stints where we expect a gift from the household, the Glenfield Baptist Church home group is doing caroling as Christmas gift.

On December 16 and 17, we went singing Christmas carols to four rest homes and two households.

What a joy to see the bright and happy faces of senior citizens as we sing carols. Some sang along with us when the carols we’re singing are familiar to them.

There were a few who cried upon hearing the Christmas songs. They probably remembered their families and friends during Christmas seasons when they were still young or when they were with their families in celebrating Christmas.

Singing Christmas carols to the elderly is a very enjoyable, meaningful and memorable way to proclaim Christmas.

Though it’s a traditional Christmas melody, Jadyn and Noynoy practiced “Away in a Manger” for their special presentation. Watch Jadyn and Paul’s duet by clicking on the “Play” button of the video clip below.

Sharing the Spirit of Christmas in Auckland through Caroling

Glenfield Baptist Church Home Group

The Home Group caroling in one of the rest homes they visited. Grant (w/ guitar) is the leader-conductor of the group.

I never thought that Caroling would be an early Christmas treat for my family. For two days in a row (Dec. 16 and 17), we went with our church home group singing Christmas carols to senior citizens in rest homes and some in their own houses.

Since our arrival at Auckland in November, we attended Glenfield Baptist Church. We participated in the church’s home group that meets every Friday evening. Caroling is the home group’s Christmas season activity.

Christmas caroling in the Philippines

I’m a veteran “caroler” having been singing Christmas songs in cantatas since my primary years in the Philippines. When I was a kid, the Christmas season is not complete without the yearly “Daigon” (local term for caroling) with playmates.

For our instruments, we made our improvised tambourine from flattened soft drink bottle crowns. Our drums were made of empty powdered milk or Milo tin cans with plastic or rubber (deflated balloons) sheets as drum heads.

As soon as school closes for the Christmas vacation, we would go caroling from house to house almost every night. After a couple of songs, a member of the household would come out to give us money, usually peso coins. Perhaps some household could not tolerate our shrill voices and noisy instruments that they would just give money even if we haven’t performed our repertoire.

Hey, what’s up for the Christmas season? Please share it by posting a comment. Merry Christmas!