Sunday, December 5, 2010

Parade of Lights

It's December and we are off and running. December is by far our busiest month of the year. Craig is always busy working long hours at Kroger since everyone is baking. I'm usually directing some type of Christmas program. Well, this year I'm directing 3 different programs and singing in 2 other programs. It's also Craig's birthday on the 6th, Kaitlyn's birthday on the 15th with a party on the 10th, our 11 yr anniversary on the 25th as well as the birth of our Savior. There's also all the Christmas parties and events going on too. Phew! I'm tired just thinking about it all!

To start the month, our church choir participated in Grapevine, TX's Parade of Lights for the second year in a row. Last year, we nearly froze standing and trying to sing on the float. This year, it was almost 30 degrees warmer and so much more enjoyable! I decided to bring along my camera and take pictures while on the float.

Here are a bunch of the choir members packed like sardines in the church van headed to the parade line up. Family members of the choir were allowed to ride on the float as well.

At the back of our float are Mary and Joseph with Baby Jesus. No, that is not a real baby.

Here is one of the elementary school floats. It was being pulled by a semi-truck and looked like a paddleboat.

Here is the big tree all lit up on Main Street.

There were so many people watching the parade this year. I think the weather was a huge factor. This is how both sides of the street looked. In the middle of the picture is a large group of kids from our Youth group with their parents. They gave a big cheer as we came by.

At this point, our float had driven down the length of the parade and I got off the float to join Craig and the kids that were watching. My in-laws were kind enough to join them for the parade as well. Here is Santa at the end, officially marking the arrival of Christmas.

It is always fun being in parades and seeing people you know as you ride by on the float. I think the bystanders enjoy it too when they recognize someone they know. We had some great music playing from our upcoming Christmas program and all the kids watching would start dancing as we came by. As much as the choir has being in the parade, it's also a great outreach too. Perhaps one heart was touched by seeing our choir, singing about Jesus. That would make the whole thing worth it, no matter what the weather was like.

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