Wednesday, 19 December 2018

The Pageant

The Pageant 2014

Every year Singmarra, the community choir that I direct, take part in the pageant to turn on the Christmas lights. 
We lead  a group of children, who in turn are led by Mary on a donkey and Joseph guiding her,  up Bridge Street and onto the Square where Santa comes to turn on the lights and give them sweets and we sing carols at the tree.  

2014.  The children looking brilliant and the butcher chasing them away from the Inn.

Every year, someone complains that they can't see the children cos we're in the way - so this year, I finally persuaded one of the chaperones to delay the children by about 30 yards and then we'd step onto the pavement to allow them to be seen starting their procession before carrying on.

All went as planned for about 20 yards when the children pushed us out of the way and flew past us at a gallop up the hill - poor Mary would have had the baby half way up at the rate they were going.  Maybe the fact that the donkey had been replaced by a Shetland Pony this year explained it.  

Whatever ...   We ended up racing after them, totally winded, singing Silent Night between gasps for breath and arrived puffing in 3 different lots to the tree, by which stage the children were all lined up in wait for Santa, and the pony and Mary and Joseph were nowhere to be seen. 

It was so funny and never to be repeated.   Next year we're staying put at the top of the hill.  
I get so stressed about the pageant every year, but this one was so funny it has hopefully settled me never to get stressed about it again and just enjoy it for what it is.  


Under the tree 2018
So anyway we sang carols under a gazebo beside a newly planted tree and the kids even joined in with us on Away in a Manger and Silent Night.   About 200 of them waited patiently with their parents  for Santa and the Lord Mayor to turn on the lights and hand out sweets, we finished up, headed to the pub and all is well for another year. 




The following afternoon we did our first concert in a lovely restaurant called The Church which is in a deconsecrated Methodist Church.   A mix of winter songs, a few carols and our trademark African and southern seas songs,  and diners had a treat and we had a blast.  


Apart from that December has been a social whirl so far - a couple of dinner parties and a Christmas night out for the choir, still teaching a few classes until tomorrow - then into the cycle of driving and visiting or collecting relatives up until Christmas Eve.

How's your December shaping up?  


9 comments:

  1. How magical Fil! I would have loved to have been there. I recently accompanied some residents from my MILs aged care home to see Christms lights and a choir performing Christmas Carols. Such a magical time of year. Thank you for joining us at #MLSTL and I hope you will join us again for our first link up on 9th January. Merry Christmas and have a fabulous New Year. xx

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    1. Happy Christmas to you too Sue - have a lovely holiday and I look forward to keeping in touch in 2019. x

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  2. It all looks wonderful and Christmassy - even with the kids running ahead and you panting along behind! The last picture looks a lot warmer than the one of you all in your coats and scarves in the gazebo.
    MLSTL and I've shared this on my SM - Merry Christmas! :)

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    1. Thanks for sharing Leanne - yes, the second one was definitely a good deal warmer, although it hasn't got really cold here yet. Have a lovely Christmas :)

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  3. Hi Fil - that sounds like so much fun ... and what wonderful memories you'll have of this Pageant in the years ahead. You are both always so busy - it's great to see the support you offer others ... enjoy some relaxation over the next couple of weeks - along with lots of carol and folk singing for pure enjoyment. Still settling in - slowly moving forward ... but it's lovely being back in little old UK (for now! - not me leaving again, but that dreaded Br word!) ... have a lovely time - cheers Hilary

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    1. Hi Hilary, Great to have you back but you're right, the dreaded B word will be looming high - I just heard a very funny poem on the radio from a poet in Co. Leitrim asking for a hard border so that they could get back to smuggling cos shopping's no fun without it!!! Always look at the bright side I suppose lol Have a lovely Christmas xx

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  4. That was so funny! Probably just what you needed to calm your nerves. And what a lovely tradition. Merry Christmas.

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    1. Exactly Inger, I just suddenly had a wave of "what's the point in worrying" - It is a lovely event and now that they have planted a living tree in the Square, it'll be on the agenda for many years to come. Have a lovely Christmas x

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  5. Thank you for such an interesting peak at your wonderful community Fil! Sounds like you did a wonderful job! I loved how you added humor to your telling how it all unfolded. The pictures added so much to being able to almost be there! I'll be sharing on FB and Twitter for #MLSTL! Merry Christmas!!

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