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December 22, 2010

‘Snow on snow, snow on snow’

evelyn @ 9:30 pm

Chaos is the only word to describe the run-up to this Christmas as far as church services are concerned.
Every journey to church needs a major decision.

I managed to get there on my own last Sunday, but on the way back hit an icy pothole, causing a tyre to blow. Not a nice experience.

So it was that my friend with the four-wheel drive kindly drove me over yesterday to the final practice for Christmas Eve.

Considering we’ve had so little preparation, it went surprisingly well. Two new experiences this time. First, the re-materialisation of the ‘midnight mass men’. This group of male voices turned up out of the blue last Christmas to help with the singing, and afterwards quietly vanished. Now they are back, in excellent voice, and expressing a wish to do some part-singing in the year to come. The possibility of an SATB choir quite stuns me.

The other experience will be trainees 3, 4 and 5 each playing a carol at the pre-Mass carol service. It will mean a lot of jumping on and off the organ bench, but will be good fun. And it’s excellent that they are so keen.

One thing will not be the same as in earlier years: the Star and Garter merry wassailers will not be joining us at closing time, or any other time. Not this year, anyway. A few months ago they had a major disaster:

This next photo was taken two days ago, and it does look as though a phoenix job just might be under way.

So perhaps next year the parish bouncers will be in business again.

Happy Christmas, everyone!

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