Tonight, there was a meeting to plan this year’s Christmas carol service. This is always held at 6pm on Christmas Eve, by which time, if you haven’t bought something it’s too late, and you should be starting to relax as everything has been done*. However, for the last few years, and I suspect it is since Meetings have been held to plan them, they have been getting increasingly tricksy. With themes and playlets and things. A couple of years ago, I said that all people really want is to hear the Christmas story, listen to a gently uplifting talk and sing the carols they have known all their lives. But I was ignored, except that they agreed to have carols sung by everyone instead of only a choir.
This year, only four of us turned up. And two of them wanted to go down the simple route. So we are.
Not that I said much. I have no bent for this sort of thing really. I chipped in mainly to check on practical matters. I may well have got out of playing the organ – not that I mind doing that, the only thing to remember is to play a bit slower than usual as it takes longer for sound to go all round a full church (when someone is trying hard to be polite about my organ playing, the most truthful thing to say is that I don’t hang about. Slow hymns are real dirges and most depressing, so I brisk them up a bit) and to hold the first note for them all to join in. Anyway, someone else certainly will play some of the carols. I have offered to accompany carol singers greeting people as they arrive, by playing the clarinet outside the church before the service …. or, if wet, I’ve claimed a spot in the porch.
Anyway, this has all been arranged and some people will not be happy, as they are deprived of their bits of drama. But, as I said to my traditionally-minded friend, they should have come along to the meeting then, shouldn’t they.
*in my case, everything has been done** except the present wrapping, the cake icing and some of the cards delivering.
**Meaning, will have been done by then. I have not started yet. Obviously. It’s not half way through November yet.