From a photograph by Solomon D. Butcher of four daughters of rancher Joseph M. Chrisman, at their sod house in Custer County, Nebraska. From left to right, Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie, and Ruth. Photographed in 1886.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Christmas Carolers Tonight

Mennonite neighbors sharing Christmas


Tonight, two of our neighbor families came to our house Christmas caroling. They are Mennonite families, and this is is the second Christmas that they've sung for us, so perhaps it will be a tradition. They told me that they visit six to eight homes in the neighborhood.

Together, the two families had (more or less) a dozen children with them. With most of the children and all the adults singing, their little choir has quite a few voices. They sang "O Little Town of Bethlehem," "We Three Kings of Orient." and another that I was not familiar with.

As it happens, both of these families have had a disagreement with the local Mennonite church and no longer attend there. It is interesting that both husbands have become licensed drivers and have bought vehicles since leaving the church. They arrived at the house tonight in a couple of vans.

I noticed that one of the mothers no longer wears her little white cap. Her hair is in a long single braid down her back, not pinned up on her head anymore. It's surely easier and more comfortable for her.

Beyond that, I have no idea what changes leaving the local church has brought to their lives, but I am glad that they feel we are their friends. It was really nice to have them stand in our kitchen and sing for us.

Old time Christmas carolers

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful treat! You are richly blessed to have such neighbors!

Mark said...

That must have been nice. I can't remember the last time there were carolers at home.

And regarding chickens, my mother for a time collected glass chickens similar to the first photo in yesterday's post.

Genevieve said...

It has been interesting to become personally acquainted with some of our neighbors who are Mennonites. They are good people and we appreciate them.

Genevieve said...

Mark, I was also thinking that I can't remember the last time that I went Christmas caroling. It has been a long, long time.

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