Everyone has a God-given talent of some sort. But only a few have a talent that can bring about tears of joy. This weekend, Saint Paul’s United Church of Christ in Woodstock, Virginia will present its annual program “The Singing Christmas Tree”. Continue reading The Young Violinist
The Christmas Season isn’t the best time of year for many a sad soul. While seemingly everyone delights at the commercial symbols of Christmas, others feel an opposite emotion.
I never spoke with my son outside of the confines of his Mother’s womb. Perhaps the lack of a voice to remember relieves me of one less thing on which to grieve. I’m lucky, I suppose. The less, the better. Unlike the cold of winter, the loss of a child never goes away. Continue reading Just Because
A bit of history behind The Singing Christmas Tree, open to the public this weekend. This is an article written by Lisa Currie, printed in the Shenandoah Valley Herald on December 15, 1999! The Dorothy Lambert mentioned is my Aunt Dot, who’s beating cancer at the moment, yet still singing this year, bringing the inspiration heard from The Tree’s branches to a whole new level. Continue reading History of the Singing Christmas Tree
From 1976 to 2000, this tree service of worship, under the direction of Julia Danley Lambert, brought inspiration to all who gathered here… both those who sang and those who listened. The Tree program was revived in 2013 due to popular demand. The Tree is now under the direction of Julia’s daughter, Mary Danley Catlett.
This is a marvelous Family Tradition for many, and for many a good reason. A beautiful old church, dimly lit and adorned with fresh evergreens. A variety of Christmas music sung by members of the Woodstock community. Hand bells. A violinist. The program is short and sweet, just like the junior choir.
Here are 2 quick clips from live performances of the past.
“See to Us a Child is Born”
To some that read this, one particular question may come to mind. And the answer is “Yes, I will be.”
For more information, contact St. Paul’s official website St. Paul’s United Church of Christ
Today, my family and I joined in on The Woodstock Holiday Homes Tour, a once-a-year event that showcases a collection of beautiful homes in our little community of Woodstock, Virginia. One of the eight homes open to the touring public just happened to be my childhood home, once proudly owned by my Grandparents, my Mom’s Folks. Continue reading Maple Hill Inn