Friday, December 3, 2010

Christmas time is here...

Christmas time is here
Happiness and cheer
Fun for all that children call
Their favorite time of the year

Snowflakes in the air
Carols everywhere
Olden times and ancient rhymes
Of love and dreams to share

Somehow our dreams of having a quieter Christmas were turned over when I offered (yes, my fault), to play our "Christmas set" for some residents at an assisted living center. You know, the Christmas set that didn't exist? One show led to another, and we have a few things suddenly scheduled, including heading down to Pickin' on Tennyson tonight for their First Friday Jam, and playing a few of our favorites!

Yesterday we played for the Sterling House Assisted Living Center of Greeley. Very nice people, great staff, encouraging residents! The best places to try out new tunes.

They especially loved it when Mary passed out jingles to everyone so Sean could lead them in "Jingle Bells".

They enjoyed us so much, we've been asked to return for the Christmas party next weekend to play again, then we will play a couple of the sacred songs for our own church on Sunday, and on to the following week with an invitation to play at the Bible Society in Colorado Springs for their luncheon, followed by an Alzheimer's facility, and Christmas caroling. Good stuff!

Guess what? We now really do have a Christmas set! I figure we'll have it memorized and polished sometime around December 26th, but the beauty of it is, most of the places we are playing at this season do not mind at all if we stumble on a chord or have to watch the music.

Grandma Susan joined us yesterday and grabbed some video, which I've edited down to a couple of video highlights below. Be sure to catch the start of the second one where Michael sings "The Grinch", and halfway through the first, the girls have some beautiful harmonies.

Happy Pickin!


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