Last night a our small group "crashed" the caroling hayride that was taking place in the neighborhood of our small group leaders. Luckily no one asked us if we lived in the neighborhood, and none of us offered that incriminating information either. With our five families, and fourteen kids, we could have comfortably filled the whole wagon on our own! But being that squeezed together probably helped prevent hypothermia or even frostbite on more than one finger or toe.
Santa's tractor pulled the wagon as we weaved through the five or so streets. We sang Christmas carols as we looked at the houses beautifully decorated and lit for the season - well, most of them were beautiful. To be perfectly honest, some were just "decorated" - not aesthetically pleasing to me - but festive nonetheless.
As we approached houses where people were home, they came out to listen and return the "Merry Christmas" wishes we eagerly shouted to them. Some of the children are probably hoarse today from "singing" so loudly. And surprisingly, we only heard one dog barking/howling in response to our lyrical attempts.
After about an hour spent huddled together, with only our "hot air" to keep us warm, we all enjoyed some hot cocoa at the local park. After deciding that liquid refreshments weren't enough to warm us up, we hitched a ride on the "sleigh" back to the house, and finally even our rosy Rudolph noses thawed. We enjoyed lots and lots of laughter, yum-yums, and took our annual small group Christmas photo.
Hopefully this is the beginning of a new tradition for our small group.
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