Christmas In July

Who’s ready for Christmas?

For most of you, that is a ridiculous question. I mean, it will be at least a couple of weeks before department stores start putting out Christmas merchandise. (Pause for laughter)

But you music ministers know what I’m talking about. It’s that time of year. I am knee deep in drama scripts and choral scores. And, by some standards, I am behind. Some churches out there are already rehearsing.

Since my church is having Vacation Bible School starting a week from Monday, we will be kicking off our preparation shortly after the 18th of July. Auditions, recruiting, rehearsals, sets, costumes, schedules, props, PR, tech… lots to do.

Since we are about 25 weeks away…

1. What are some of your favorite memories from Christmas cantatas/musicals/plays/nativities of years past?
2. Music ministers: what do you have planned for Christmas so far? Are you rehearsing yet? Drama, narration, or music only?

4 thoughts on “Christmas In July

  1. I have two favorite memories regarding Christmas music:

    1. Every Christmas Eve, the church service would end with each person lighting a candle fromthe person next to them, the lights would be dimmed/turned off and the congregation would sing Silent Night. It stills gives goose bumps!

    2. Because my dad was (still is) an only child, we would pick-up his parents and spend Christmas with my mom’s side of the family (all the uncles, aunts, cousins, etc). My maternal grandma would pull out these typed written sheets of Christmas music and expect all of us to sing acapella. Not really a pleasant sound…

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