This past Sunday, we hosted an old-fashioned Pastor’s Christmas Open House at our place where 50 people from both of our churches gathered for a few hours of cookies and conversation. We had a blast hosting everyone as we really enjoy opening our house.
What we did next was also a little old fashioned. We went Christmas Caroling in our neighborhood.
Now, our Christmas caroling almost didn’t happen. A few weeks ago, Andrea and I listened to the Relevant Podcast (one of our favorites) where Cameron and the gang discussed caroling. Jesse Carey called it trespassing (I imagine he’s a bit like Clint Eastwood saying “Get off my lawn!”) Cameron turns off his lights when he hears them coming. A question was asked as to whether you should tip carolers! As Andrea and I listened we both wondered if maybe we shouldn’t take our group caroling. We are new in the neighborhood. We really don’t know any of our neighbors well yet. But we decided to do it.
The response was surprising.
- One family, said that they had lived in the neighborhood for forty years and that no one had every caroled there before. They said they were blessed.
- Another house, who is a young family with two young kids texted us later thanking us for stopping by. They said, “I had only heard of caroling and never experienced it. My girls were so excited to see your group. Thanks for thinking of us.”
- Another neighbor stopped me the following day thanking us for stopping by. She said that it was overwhelmed with the Christmas spirit as we sang.
The bottom line is that we had a blast singing with our neighbors. I’m glad we decided to do it. We enjoyed sharing the light of Christ at Christmas by singing about Jesus’ birth. We were blessed to bring some joy to our neighbors and continue to get to know them as we live together in community.
What have you done (are doing) this Christmas to share God’s love with your neighbors?