I had the pleasure of going Christmas caroling with my former church choir. Our former director gathered a group of us (about 30) to visit 6 assisted living centers in our area. We sang several carols with the Christmas story interspersed between songs. Simple yet powerful. The men and women in the facilities were visibly moved by the music. Several sang, some wept and others waved their hands to the music. We even caroled through the hallways to visit those who were unable to leave their rooms. It was a beautiful experience.
What is it about Christmas caroling that brings such emotion? Is the topic being sung about? Is it the music that stirs the heart-strings? I think it’s the memories associated with those songs. Some memories are good. Some are bad. Many are bittersweet. Christmas carols are the ultimate way to reminisce. It leads us down memory lane.
What song brings back the most memories for you? Which one leads to the happiest memory? What song are you avoiding because it was the favorite of a loved one who is no longer here?
If you aren’t listening to KOST 103.5 FM and their Christmas music daily, I encourage you to do so for an hour or so. See what memories can be stirred. ‘Tis the season to reminisce. ‘Tis the season to have fond memories. ‘Tis the season to be reminded of those we love.
I encourage you to enlist some friends to go caroling. You can sing along with a CD in the living room or walk to a few neighbor’s houses and bring them some Christmas joy through carols. Let the songs of the season bring back the memories of years gone by. Soak it in. Let the carols stir your heart this season.
Dream Big! Pray Big!