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Christmas Caroling 2014

Tonight was our third annual neighborhood Christmas Caroling with the Cub Scouts.

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This is one of my favorite Christmas traditions. You would be surprised at how happy Christmas caroling makes people. We always let our neighbors know we are coming ahead of time and many of them have cookies and hot chocolate waiting for the boys.

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We have found that kids and adults get excited to see carolers at their door. This year I learned that one of our neighbors on our route is being treated for cancer and was excited we were coming. I saw him smile tonight when the kids were singing. That really is the spirit of Christmas to me.

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We wear silly hats and ring bells and sing out of tune (well, except for Lori who sings like a pro) and have a great time. It was a special night.

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Sammy’s mischief continues.

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The boys actually did a lot of singing today, now that I think about it. They sang Christmas songs at church this morning too.

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We had a visitor at the Cub Scout pack meeting. I’m not sure how I feel about this since he gave the boys the wood for their pinewood derby cars as a present. The pinewood derby is a love hate thing for us (for everyone who participates, right?)

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Aidan was camera shy this time. Good thing Dane and his friends were ready to show off their hats.

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And Dane was very proud to win first place overall at the BB gun target shooting competition. It was ugly sweater night – can you tell?

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I have decided to start knitting again. I missed it and I didn’t even realize it until I started again. Plus, I saw this amazing yarn.

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So, I am wondering, are you ready for Christmas?

Christmas Caroling – Take 2

Tonight the boys and I went Christmas caroling door to door in our neighborhood with the Scouts.  It was in the low 60’s, which is quite warm for us in December!  We had a great group of people with us and we all had a great time.

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In order to have the best caroling night possible, I notify the residents ahead of time that we are coming.  So many of our neighbors love having us come.  I know the boys saw tonight how happy they made people.  There were little kids in pajamas at a couple of houses who were amazed that we were putting on a show for them right at their front door!  We made sure to sing “Frosty the Snowman” and “Rudolph” at their houses.  Other neighbors invited us in for cookies and drinks, which is no small feat considering how many of us were there!

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At another house we were invited to sit by the fire and sing, and asked to stay longer.  The boys were all so good!

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We sang to teachers and friends from school.  There are always houses that have company over, which is a lot of fun.  One house was having a birthday celebration so we added “Happy Birthday” to our list of songs for them.  It was a great night of giving something back to our community.  I am so proud of all of the boys!  They were great.

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It was a great day overall for my boys.  They got to play with their cousin before caroling, which they love.  Also, they received a message from Sammy this morning.  He wrote it in cat food, so Aidan assumed he must be hungry.  He left him cheese and crackers – just in case.

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So, I am wondering, will I actually finish wrapping presents before Christmas???  Will you?

Christmas Caroling – Take 1

Tonight was our first Christmas caroling event of the season with the Cub Scouts.  Every year the week before Christmas we gather at an assisted living facility near us and sing carols with and to the residents.  We bring homemade cards and goodies for the residents and they give the boys candy canes.  It is a fun evening.  We laugh at how badly most of us sing and the boys steal each other’s santa hats.  Everyone gets to share a happy moment – the kids, the parents and the residents.  I am so glad we have this tradition.

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Last year we started another caroling tradition with the Scouts –  Christmas caroling door to door in our neighborhood.  When I was young my family caroled door to door with our church and it was such a special time.  I was so happy last year when the Cub Scouts were interested in continuing this tradition with us!  Last year it was soo cold on the night we went!  I mean freezing cold.  But we knocked on our neighbors doors and wished them a Merry Christmas and it was as special as I remembered.  Our neighbors were excited to be part of this nostalgic tradition.  We were invited into some houses to have cookies and other snacks.  Basically, it was everything good about the holidays – laughing with friends, giving to others, and making someone else happy.  We met up afterwards at our community center for hot chocolate and more dessert.

This year the weather is supposed to be great for our caroling night.  About 30 degrees warmer than last year!  We definitely earned that!  As with any event you organize, I want everything to go well.  We set the bar high last year!  Wish us luck.  I will tell you how it all goes.

A friend of mine was able to attend Dane’s Christmas party and sent me this picture.  I am very lucky to have great friends!  (Thanks Jeimy!)

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Sammy was kind enough to bring us reindeer food on a recent visit.  The boys used to make it in school every year.  Getting old is tough!

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I am proud to say I got 4 good miles in today.  I am operating at a decent sleep deficit right now, so getting out the door in the morning is not as easy as it should be.

Tomorrow is another exciting day.  We get to attend Dane’s Holidays Around the World school show.  He has worked very hard – I can’t wait to see him in it!  Aidan is excited for tomorrow too.  The teachers at his school put on a holiday parody show each year before Christmas.  Last year I had the nerve to schedule an eye appointment during the show!  (In my defense, the school does not tell you when the show is scheduled because it is only for students.)  He has waited an entire year to see this show.  We better not get a surprise snow storm or another round of the stomach bug!

So, I am wondering, would you want Christmas carolers to come to your house?

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