Four years ago, I started a family tradition of inviting two or three families to come and share Christmas Family Night with us. It started as a sort of dress rehearsal for the sacrament meeting Christmas program, but this year, I focused on giving the children a chance to shine. (I so wish I had photos!)
Jeff performed "Angel Medley" on his violin, Emmy played "Jingle Bells" on her cello, and Camille sang, "Bells are Ringing." We were also delighted by a beautiful rendition of "Mary's Lullaby," and many other wonderful songs performed by brand-new piano students, and shy toddlers. A few adults participated, and we enjoyed a jazzy rendition of "The Christmas Song," and an entertaining rendition of "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," as one mom decided to pull her violin out after 15 years of letting it gather dust.
I hope to continue this tradition for many years--I can't think of a better way to start the Christmas season! I imagine that as the kids grow older, the musical numbers will increase in difficulty and the noise level in the house will decrease, but I will never forget the laughter we shared as we witnessed impromptu dance routines and one dad's demonstration of "whisper-yelling."
I am so grateful for the gifts of friendship and music!