Who doesn’t like listening to Christmas carols? Most of us enjoy singing them, too. From the street singers caroling along 15th avenue, to the many Christmas concerts in the Fulton gym, Christmas carols seemed to always get me and mine in the mood. From Jingle Bells to Silent night, something about those songs always warmed my heart. So, when my friend James came to us with a proposition to have a Christmas Carol Sing-Along at Awesometown Music, we jumped at the chance.
As a teen, we were led by our amazing music teacher, Mark Kapusinski, as we sang many a Christmas carol in the Fulton Gym, and I can still remember the feeling when we all got on the right note and the crowd fell into tune. There’s just nothing more, for me, than music to get me in the right spirit. Mom always got to the gym early when we were kids, and found a front row seat so she could get the best view of her children singing. She never came without the Polaroid camera, with the plug-in disposable flash bulbs that would blind a person as he or she tried to read sheet music.
Just out of high school, I can remember gathering with friends, sipping hot cocoa, and traveling throughout the neighborhood singing carols until our toes were frozen. And as my own children grew up, I do remember sitting in those same folding chairs in the front row of their Christmas Pageants. By then, cameras weren’t so intrusive, but I was, standing up close to get just the right picture of my own offspring as they performed.
This Sunday, December 4th, we are all gathering in the Cause Sanctuary at Awesometown for an old-fashioned Christmas Pageant, beginning at 5pm with a traditional pot luck dinner, (just bring a side dish to participate) followed by a Christmas carol sing-a-long at 6pm. Jim Fullan and his kids will be leading the service, with Jesse Fullan on guitar and Aaron Fullan on piano. Scriptures will be read, and all the timely Christmas songs will be sung, with the audience participating.
This Christmas Carol Sing-a-long is free to attend, just bring a few bucks to throw in the offering plate, and bring a side dish if you want to join in the pot luck down in the reception hall! We will have hot cocoa and Christmas cookies in the entry way. We have already seen hundreds of Fulton residents in attendance at some of our Christian music events, and I would expect we will see many Fultonites at this event, along with others from the surrounding area, so come early and get a good seat. Cause church has supplied us with a huge video screen so everyone can sing along with our favorite carols, and the sanctuary will be warm and toasty for the concert.
If you can’t get into the Christmas spirit, or if you can’t get enough spirit, it doesn’t matter, just come. This is a great time to meet your neighbors! I, personally, am chomping at the bit to try a little of each dish at the pot luck, and will be bringing my secret recipe of tater-tot casserole.
That’s THIS SUNDAY, at Awesometown music, 514 13th avenue, in Fulton. The pot luck is at 5pm, and the concert starts at 6pm. We’ll see you there!
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