There is something ever so magical about an entire community hitting picnic rugs on the sports oval and joining together to sing praises to our King.
Batemans Bay Combined Churches Christmas Carols presented just such an opportunity last night for all 700 of us.
Unfortunately the heavens busted open before we could bust open in song – but what we shared, what we had seen and heard before the rain was nothing short of incredible.
Before the thunder and lightening and downpour, hundreds of littlies were running around with their faces painted, compliments of Bee Vagg and crew – scurrying from the maypole ribbon dancing to the petting zoo – where tiny chickens, a darling calf and a family of adorable goats were providing much entertainment – thanks to Jody and Max Gowen.
Ms Zimmerman was a charming MC for the evening and the school choirs and Cross Central Children’s Church delighted us with their songs and funky dances.
I was particularly fascinated and enthralled with the primary children – just because some of my granddaughters were involved and there is never a prouder ‘granny moment’ than having her little darlings up on stage performing before the masses, doesn’t mean I’m biased.
It was a delight on the picnic rugs, sharing roast chicken and salads, swapping glow sticks and glow torches with young ones, munching pretzels and sharing laughter with friends and family.
Speaking of unbiased though (if there is a term), when my youngest daughter and her husband took the stage I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. The two of them performed circus and balancing tricks to the music of one of the town’s most talented musos, Phil Taylor. Some of the stunts had me breathless. The crowd was going wild! Parents weren’t game to take a breath as Mace balanced one chair on top of another and performed amazing feats in midair! The eyes on the children I saw, were bulging.
When daughter burst out in Leonard Cohen’s moving ‘Hallelujah’ – all eyes were front and centre and all chatter stopped instantly. An incredible hush covered the crowd.
When it comes to talent and skill – it seems my children swim in it.
I really don’t know where they get it from!
I do know that I am one very blessed mumma and granny – and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Oh, how I love to share my joy with you.
God’s richest blessings for a happy, holy, safe, blessed and love-filled Christmas.
Ready to celebrate and shine – eagerly anticipating fulfilling some daring and bizarre dreams in 2015 –and believing you can too!