Perhaps there was some special seasonal magic in the air on the evening of December 15th, or perhaps it was simply the joy of gathering together in person after two years of online carol celebrations. Whatever the reasons, we proved to be in unusually fine voice for this beloved annual tradition.
This year we were ably organized by Catherine Woodward and Sally Bullas, and led with joyful exuberance by our Carol-Master Leah Hokanson. From our initial chorale offerings at the Garden Homes, to boarding the Gertie Bus to carol outside the homes of community friends who are less mobile, to gathering at the Bolton’s hearth for our traditional hot chocolate and festive treats, the spirit of cheer and goodwill to all prevailed.
The spontaneous harmonies of traditional spirituals and folksongs that filled Gertie as we drove back to the Garden Homes, still under the spell of our fellowship, proved to be a special highlight this year. The power of communal singing to express caring and harmony once again shone through at this darkest time of year.