Sunday, December 4, 2011

Christmas Spirit

I always envy those people who complete their Christmas shopping in August.  They are the organized friends that know everyone’s sizes, likes and dislikes.  They have Christmas presents purchased and organized way before the first leaf begins to turn.  They have their cards ready to go and baking done and so on.  I am a more “in the mood” type Holiday person.   I am now in the Christmas mood thanks to the marvelous Christmas Cantata Thursday night.  “O Holy Night” was performed to a packed St Aloysius Church.   Over $1900 was raised for Santa’s Closet and the Renville County Food Shelf.  This is a $600 increase from last year.  With 11% of Renville County residents living in poverty, 16% of our children, these services are truly needed this year.  The 70+ members of this choir are from all over Renville County and we practice 2 days a week for 6 weeks prior to this concert.  What a joy this program is and so many make is possible.  Thanks especially to our director, Deb Rath and accompanist, Cyndia Washburn.  Special thanks to Olivia Kiwanis, Diane Zenk, Dick and Gladie Hagen, and Linda Wagemaker for organizational help.   Thank you also to Faith United Methodist Church for allowing us to use their church for practice and to St. Aloysius Church for allowing us to perform in their beautiful church.  It is truly a wonderful community event.  
I feel like every year I must first participate in the Christmas Cantata before any other Christmas preparations begin.  It is my method of getting in the Christmas Spirit.  However, I am still not quite ready for snow.  

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