Today there was "A Service of Lessons and Carols" at church. It is the annual service that is filled with an incredible amount of music by a variety of musicians (harpists, organist, violinists, cellist, violist) and vocalists (soloists and choirs - adult and children).
Sophia and her harp teacher opened up both services by playing a number of pieces with the organist.
Sophia and Denise playing the harp,
accompanied by Bob.
Prior to the service, Sophia had an opportunity to play the organ as her instructor needed to hear the notes on the organ to make sure her harp and Sophia's harp matched the organ's sounds.
Sophia was able to play the organ
to help Denise tune the harps.
After the prelude, the children's choir waited in the fellowship hall before they sang This Christmastide (also known as Jessye's Carol) with the adult choir. This year is the second time I have heard it and is was equally as moving this year as it was last year.
Burning off a bit of energy prior to singing.
To hear the children's and adults' voices in unison accompanied by the harp, organ, two violins, viola, and cello was beautiful and moving.
All lined up and ready to go inside to sing.
In the early evening, we got in the car with the dogs and looked at how people decorated their homes this year.
One of my favorite homes has the front porch lit
with poinsettias in the front window and
evergreen swags with red bows out front.
Montague enjoyed the ride, while Gretel - for some reason - wanted everyone in the car and by the homes we passed that she was not enthusiastic about the ride or looking at Christmas lights.
This house lined the roof lines with lights.
So, we didn't look at as many lights as we wanted to thanks to Gretel. But, at least we saw some which was fun.