1 January 2011
We wish you a merry Christmas, we wish you a merry Christmas, we wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year! I really hope that everyone else is excited about Christmas because I’m beginning to get a little excited myself! It might have something to do with the fact that I have all my Christmas cards written, and my presents bought and wrapped (yes, that’s right – all done).
I have so much to say to you this month; so much has happened. We’ve had Dickensian Evening which was … cold! I didn’t realise how difficult it becomes to sing when your teeth are chattering but the choir will always be there, come rain or shine. We’ve never had snow before – that would be entertaining. The entertainment was fabulous as always. The man on the massive unicycle always scares me! It’s always good to see the turn-out at times like these. Lots of late night shopping, too. The choir then enjoyed an open choir practice surrounded by the beautiful Christmas trees that Tavistock has put so much effort into! I am of course biased when saying that the choir one is definitely my favourite.
The next event was the Advent carol service which is always a lovely service. The music is fantastic at services like these (even if I do say so myself). I personally cannot wait until the Christmas carol service which is my favourite service of all the year.
I would like to take this opportunity as the year draws to a close to say how proud I am of my little ones: Holly, Toby, Emilia, Cora and Isabel. They are all doing fantastically and they are developing some lovely little voices and I would like them to be publicly praised! Little bit of alliteration as well! I will be making them little choir Christmas presents and getting them to do a lucky dip drawing of each other as little Christmas treats!
My second hope is that Tim and Emma are enjoying themselves in Ottery St Mary and I would also like to say that we are missing them both lots!
The winner from last month is hymn 81 – Lord for the years, your love has kept and guided! The competition is going to be a little different this month – a Christmas theme. I would like you to vote on a favourite Christmas carol (I have selected the most well-known ones but if there are others that I have not mentioned, please feel free to let me know):
Away in a Manger In the Bleak Mid-Winter
Calypso Carol It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Coventry Carol Joy to the World
Deck the Halls O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Ding Dong Merrily on High O Come, All Ye Faithful
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen O Little Town of Bethlehem
Good King Wenceslas Once In Royal David’s City
Hark, the Herald Angels Sing Silent Night
The Holly and the Ivy While Shepherds Watched
I Saw Three Ships
While Shepherds Watched
With love from Beth and all the choir