Today was one of the first days I’ve had to break-out the camera and not feel a nagging sense of guilt for taking some time for photography. It was liberating to say the least. I brought it along with me on my way to get a coffee this morning and enjoyed walking around our town square taking a few shots of some of the traditional Christmas decorations.
On the way home, I was passing by the Methodist Church, which happens to be the longest standing congregation in McKinney, with it’s beautiful stained-glass windows and a church bell that rings on the hour during daylight hours. They were just chiming as I was walking by.
The chimes reminded me of my childhood Methodist church and the many wonderful Christmas services we would enjoy. One of the main attractions that brought people together to celebrate Christmas at that small town Methodist church wasn’t just the beautiful windows, the historic chapel, the message, or even the candlelight service. It was the Bell Choir.
For years, the church Bell Choir has performed for the whole community at Christmas time. They have been a blessing to all who hear. In my day, they were led by Mr. Pearson, one of the two band directors in town, who helped bring the music alive with his lively conducting and big smile. There’s just something about a Bell Choir that makes Christmas seem like Christmas and our little Methodist church did a great job.
So, tonight, In honor of ‘ringing in the season’, here’s a great video below of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir performing their Carol of the Bells. It’s worth a listen and will help to get even the most Scrooged among us in the Christmas spirit…
Love always my friends!
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