Mormonwoman.org has been kind enough to publish this post that I did last year about my church Christmas program.
Rereading that post makes my eyes smart with tears with the remembrance of that overwhelming day. I am grateful for my calling in my church as choir director. I've been known to whine a bit because I've been doing the same thing for close to five years, but I really love it. I should just keep my mouth shut about it because it fulfills me in ways I forget to remember until I'm actually doing the job of leading those willing and stalwart members of the choir.
We had our Christmas program just two days ago and, while it was not as thought-out as last year's program, I was very pleased with the way it turned out. Last year I arranged to have choir pieces, a vocal soloist with a violin, an INCREDIBLE piano solo, organ/piano duets with choir and congregation singing, a vocal trio and some children singing. It was quite the array and quite the program. This year I have just been too busy with homeschooling, pretzel-dipping, pregnancy-exhaustion and general Christmas mania and I didn't get the chance to find performers for some of the music that I wanted performed in smaller groups or solos. Nonetheless, the songs that were performed were BEAUTIFUL and my stress level was much lower this year, an element for which I am grateful. That may have something to do with the fact that I did last year's program as well as our Stake Fine Arts Night in May... I'm getting some experience under my belt, which allows for lower stress during such an event.
To any who participated in the program who might be reading this, THANK YOU! Emily, thank you for augmenting Away in a Manger with your violin and thank your husband for playing the piano. Diane... I don't think you read this blog, but I'll say it on here anyway... my gratitude for you knows no bounds. You did the very most in the whole program, as you played in every song and with nary a word of complaint! I realized the other day, that you've been playing for the choir far longer than I've been choir director! I have no room for complaint! THANK YOU!!!