Last night I had the great pleasure of singing Christmas carols with the Southern NH Ukulele Group (SNHUG), plus a whole lot of singers. There was a short blurb in last week’s paper about this; basically it just said to meet in front of the Town Hall at 3:30pm on December 3rd to stroll and sing until 5:00pm.
I used to love caroling, and have missed it over the years. I couldn’t resist; I showed up at our town hall, bundled up and ready to sing. The ukulele group tuned up and provided the music and jingle bells and kazoos. We sang in place for a few numbers, and a few people gathered to listen. We talked them into walking with us, and off we went.
For that hour and a half, we were a band of wandering minstrels. We sang every Christmas carol from Jingle Bells to White Christmas. We walked through town, which was dressed up in lots of colored lights, golden angels and evergreens. As we sang, we waved to passersby and got appreciative smiles and waves.
Our final stop was the town’s nursing home. And honestly, that was the best part of the evening. As soon as we were spotted, several ladies in their best Christmas sweaters came out to sit and enjoy the show. There were smiles all around, and we encouraged them to sing along with us.
As we sang “Jingle Bell Rock,” two of the ladies got up and jitterbugged. They didn’t miss a step, and their smiles went ear to ear. When they sat down, we all applauded their performance and they modestly took their bows.
We stayed longer than we planned; but it was a wonderful time and we really hated to leave. We sang “White Christmas” as we walked out, and we all waved and blew kisses to everyone.
By the time we got back to Town Hall, it was nearly 5:00pm. However, the town bandstand was right there near the hall, decorated to a fare-thee-well. We couldn’t resist; we gathered in it and sang a few more carols as people drove by.
It was a wonderful night. We all started as strangers (except of course for the ukulele folk), and ended the evening as friends and fellow singers. We certainly weren’t the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, but we did pretty well.
May ALL our Christmases be white and bright!