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History of the Singing Christmas Tree

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

Singing Christmas Tree~~~ St. Paul’s United Church of Christ~~~ Woodstock, Virginia

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.

A Musical Night of Family Fun

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.

“Good News”

“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.”  In 1976, I was hand bell F#.  This year it’s B4.  As in, Before he messes up!

For more information, contact St. Paul’s official website St. Paul’s United Church of Christ

Central Brothers–1978 Harrisonburg TV-3 ‘Talent Showcase’

Me & the old high school buddies singing on our TV debut, way back in 1978.  Recorded off of a cassette tape which still doesn’t explain microphone problems around the 2:20 mark.  But we sang on TV, dag-on-it!

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