A certain sister-in-law of mine (I am sorry if this makes you cry, Becky; love you!) always brings her family over to Grandma and Grandpa Lee's around Christmas time to sing Christmas Carols. Well, we like a good tradition around here. It doesn't seem like it was all that long ago, the whole Lee crew (including several of us Bartons) would converge on Grandma and Grandpa Lee's house to gather around the piano and sing carols with Grandma. She didn't even mind that most of us were way off-key, and very few people knew the words. So, I moved in on Becky's tradition and called Grandpa to see if we could come and sing some Christmas songs with them. We all had a lot of fun singing some of our favorite Christmas tunes.
Rachel was excited to sing some of the songs she knows in Navajo
Olivia sang a song about Santa
complete with actions (even though she forgot some of the words)
Grandma sang along and encouraged her
Garrett did a quick internet search with my Droid and then sang "Les Anges Dan Nos Campagnes" which is"Angels We Have Heard on High" in French
Olivia snuggled up to Grandpa
We sang a few songs we all knew
And the boys goofed off--at least they were not beating each other up
It was a fun way to keep the spirit of Christmas close to our hearts. The week preceding Christmas seemed too full of bickering and ornery kids. I am sure they were all just excited about the holiday, and anxious about completing school work for the ending quarter, but it made it hard to enjoy the magic of the season. This evening brought us back to giving and thinking of others. It was a wonderful way to begin our holiday weekend. Next time, Becky, I will have to plan ahead and bring my i-Pad, so we can Skype with your family and you can all sing along.
And ". . . Bring us some figgy pudding, and bring it right now!"