Playing at the library and helping with the Heartland Christian School Christmas program were not our only musical opportunities in December. Last year we started a Prairie Family tradition of playing at some local nursing homes the week of Christmas, and we kept the tradition for year #2 in 2014! In fact, this year we added another performance at an assisted living center, so we were full of holiday cheer!
Seriously, these are fun musical activities–some of our favorite! It’s kind of a low-pressure, relaxed way to share our music, and we always leave with the goal to come back soon for another jam session with these great people. I am really hoping to do something like this again in the early summer with some of the fiddle music that we are currently working on.
It’s not hard to put together a program like this. By the time we played some quartet music, a few trio songs, a duet here and there, a little bit of piano, and some fun group singing, the time was more than filled. We had fun, and I hope the residents did as well.
I also had a couple of Christmas Eve services to play for. At our home church, we had the Sunday School kids dress up in Nativity costumes and sing a song from the program that we did at the Christian school. That was really neat, and I think the kids were pretty cute, don’t you?!
The other Christmas Eve service was at a church here in town that is currently short a piano player. They wanted to have a carol-sing as part of their midnight service, and I was asked to fill in for that. I have some very dear friends that go there, so I was happy to do that–and it made for a special memory for 2014.
Yes, music has become a major part of our family’s Christmas holiday celebrations, and I wouldn’t change a thing (except maybe to add some more???!!!)
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