By Betty Boyd
My Christmas tradition is singing at midnight mass to celebrate the birth of our Savior. Our choir starts at the end of October to begin the process of practicing for this wonderful event.
We not only practice all the sacred songs, but prepare for the Mass itself. Though the choir is very small, consisting of five men and two women, it is an integral part of the Mass.
Our church decorates for the Christmas season with a beautiful manger scene outside. As you enter through the front doors, a breathtaking sight greets you. Behind the altar are rows of artificial trees decorated with clear lights, red and white poinsettias surround the base of the altar. Right in front of the altar is a hand carved crèche, with the baby Jesus. The parishioners stop and take pictures prior to the Mass. Little children stop and marvel at the simplicity of the crèche.
The choir starts half an hour before the actual Mass to sing traditional Christmas songs, as people enter and get seated. The lights are turned down low, so people have time to reflect or pray prior to the Mass, but turned back up as the priest goes to the altar and begins the Mass. The entire Mass lasts an hour and a half, but it’s worth every moment.
In my opinion, this is the best Christmas tradition ever. I get to participate in celebrating the birth of our Lord, serving my church, and most of all, experiencing the beauty Christmas offers.
Merry Christmas to you and your family.
What traditions do you participate in? Will you pass them onto your loved ones?