“Tis the season to be jolly fa-la-la- la- la- la-la-la-la. “ Those were the words heard from the carolers singing to bring Christmas cheer.  Every Christmas season on a cold evening in December, ladies young and old gather from our church to sing Christmas carols.  The people that we visit are shut-ins who don’t get out much. As we arrive to each home we huddle together to keep warm from the cold winter air. The doorbell is rung, and before we are greeted, we begin to sing. “Deck the halls with boughs of holly.”  Soon our singing is heard and the porch light turns on, and we are greeted with smiling faces. I see the joy in their eyes as we sing. We enter into the homes and our hearts are filled with happiness. Our last stop is on Elmira Street and Mrs. Thomas always serves homemade hot chocolate with marshmallows, and it is delicious. I feel the Christmas spirit every year I sing. I love this family tradition because we can praise the lord together, with new friends and hope they find the peace that Jesus can bring in their hearts. “Joy to the world, the lord has come!”– Ally McCann (age 10)

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