My husband wasn't too excited about the singing part. While he loves music of all kinds, he isn't into singing. In fact, it is a well known fact that his family is notorious for poor singing voices. (He planned to mouth the words!) I was feeling tired and achy, and didn't want to leave the house. Neither of us were looking forward to wandering the streets in the cold! But, we'd been invited and so we went.
We had an unbelievably good time! Most houses opened their doors and greeted us warmly, but there were a few that really stood out, and changed my "bah humbug" attitude. One of the first houses we went to a woman answered the door, holding a little dog. When we finished the first song, we looked up to see her crying. With tears flowing, she said, "This is the nicest thing anyone has ever done for me! I really needed this tonight and you made my year!" As we walked away, heartily singing, "We wish you a merry Christmas . . ." all of us were humbled by her reaction.
Amazingly, she wasn't the only one who was moved by our amateur attempts at Christmas cheer. The evening chill was forgotten. My husband forgot to mouth the words. His voice blended right in! More than once I saw glistening eyes, and frequently we were rousingly applauded. We interrupted a birthday party at one home, so we sang "Happy Birthday" to the birthday boy!
Being a Friday night, many houses either had no people home, or didn't want to be bothered. Yet, others were thrilled to hear us, and offered us treats and hot chocolate! We were tickled when we were joined by two gentlemen with guitars at one of the the last stops. We sang several songs with them on their porch, then they insisted we come in. There were ten of us, so we were a bit crowded in their living room, but we continued to sing while being accompanied on the guitars and it was so fun! They also sent us on our way with our choice from a big box of See's chocolates!
Never in a million years would I have expected to spend the Friday night before Christmas with our daughter, her boyfriend, his best friend (with his sister), and all the parents, walking around a neighborhood singing Christmas songs!
It was the right thing to do!
Merry Christmas, one and all!