Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Something Else to Love About Christmas

Every year, after the last day of school but before Christmas Eve, we have some friends over for the singing of Christmas carols. People bring instruments, we eat too much, and we sing just about any song the crowd requests (including, every year, a rousing version of "Good King Wenceslas"). The party has ebbed and flowed over the years, but the past couple years have been particularly raucous. The children just keep getting bigger...

Just one picture here to capture a new phase in the life of this party. Sitting next to me is eleven-year-old Charlotte Alexander, who has been taking guitar lessons this year. A few weeks ago she asked her teacher if she could learn some Christmas songs for a party she was going to attend, and her teacher asked her which ones. "Any of them," Charlotte responded. The teacher was a little confused, and that makes me a little happy.

So below you see the changing of the guard. Many years ago, back in the 90s, Charlotte's father Jay taught me how to play the guitar. And here we are, passing some sort of baton.

Also, Scruff is wearing a shirt that has "Scruff" monogrammed in the corner. You can't tell because the picture is a little blurry, but it is his traditional Christmas morning shirt.

And, my friend Dave brought a banjo this year. Sounded amazing on "We Three Kings."

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