07 December 2015

Christmas Spirit


by Jan Grape

Some days around this time of year I have zero spirit for Christmas. Husband passed away ten years ago. Grand kids are all grown up. it quickly feels like just another day. Last night I was watching some re-run on TV when my doorbell rang. It was about 8:20 or so, a little late for unexpected company. Even a bit late for a sales call.

I turned on my front porch light. I could see a well-dressed man holding the hand of a little boy.  The little boy was also well dressed including a rakish French cap. Probably wanting a donation for the holidays, I though,t as I cautiously opened the door.

The man smiled, he was holding a small paper sack. "We're from a local Church and we want to invite you to our presentation of  "A Christmas Carol." Next Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We're going around singing Christmas songs as we invite people.

I could hear a bit of noise out on the street, looked and saw a pick-up pulling a flat-bed truck behind. The flat-bed was decorated with Christmas lights and a lot of people were sitting in it. They started singing "Jingle Bells."

It was apparent these were mostly children and you could hear joy and laughter in their voices. The duo at my door handed me the paper bag and wished me a "Merry Christmas." I stood in my doorway as the truck drove slowly by. I waved and the carolers all waved back. I kept standing there until they were all the way past, all of us waving back and forth at each other.

Of course they were almost all the way past before I thought of taking a photo. I grabbed my phone, but they were too far away. I enlarged the screen hoping to still get something. It was too dark and the flash flashed twice and the picture was nothing except a bright white spot. Frustration, but I have a great mental photo which will last.

I closed the door and looked inside the paper sack they had given me. There were two pieces of peppermint candy and one piece of lemon drop candy and a Christmas tree ornament. The ornament was a clear ball with shiny red paper stars inside.

A little personal size advertisement card was also inside which told the times of the presentation of the "Christmas Carol" event they were inviting people to attend and that there was no admission charge. Another card attached to the sack had the name of the church.

I couldn't help having a smile on my face for the rest of the evening bcaue it brought back memories of caroling. Both going caroling and having carolers come by my house. Both had happened many years ago.

I posted a short note on Facebook and several people commented about nice memories that caroling had been for them. School children used to go caroling like this. We walked about our neighborhood. Everyone enjoyed the caroling. The people singing and the people listening.

It did give me a nice feeling of the spirit of the holidays and I wanted to share this with all of you.

4 comments:

David Dean said...

That was beautiful, Jan. Thanks for sharing the moment.

janice law said...

A lovely post.
Good wishes for the holidays and the new year.

Anonymous said...

When I was young, I went out caroling to shut-ins and also went with my friends to hang up Christmas decorations at the homes of elderly people who needed help. They always invited us in and gave us cookies and showed us pictures of their grandchildren. When I was 17, I didn't really understand this though I thought it was nice (if a bit quaint). Now I am in your shoes, Jan. So now I realize what was really going on back then, that was wooshing right over my head. Your story brought it all home to me, and it's made me smile too. Thank you for sharing.

Jan Grape said...

Thanks, David and Janice. It was a nice moment I wanted to share.
Anon, I'm glad I was able to bring back some memories for you. Like the old saying, youth is wasted on the young. But be glad you brought some joy and smiles to several older folks even if you did think it was quaint. You just never know what even a smile can mean to someone.