Caroling and a Contest!

As long as my children can remember, we have gone Caroling every Christmas.

It was begun back in 1982 by a young and not-so-traditional pastor, wielding a guitar and cowboy boots.  And off we went from place to place singing to his guitar accompaniment.

After his departure, The Captain led on his guitar, while I held the songbook; and now, my son-in-law leads on his guitar with Dotter holding the songbook.


Whether it’s to folks living in a retirement home . . .


or their own homes, like Mrs. K.


and Mrs. B.


or maybe just to the folks in the Critical Care Unit of the local hospital . . .


they’ll be there, joining their voices in one accord, bringing joy to the lonely, peace to the restless, and comfort to the hopeless.


Here they are – the Carolers of 2008–every day people of all ages, shapes, and sizes sharing their voices for a few hours every holiday season.

Right about now, I reckon Vance has a little gleam in her eye . . . . . and maybe even Robin, too!  And Mary Lynn, are you here?

Now for the contest!


The first person (all carolers exempt!!!) who guesses correctly where this flower arrangement is located will get his or her name added to the hat for the December 8×10 photo print drawing!

Good luck guessing!!!

Now I have to go bake!!  No more excuses!


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  1. Its round and what is round on the bayou? A helipad.
    Now go in the corner and sing “feast of Steven” or good king wurstnslaw or whatever….

    Hey did I mention, Merry Xmas? OK I did. Carry on……

    If I am wrong do not tell me it would ruin the moment.

  2. Alright so my Christian upbringing is left of recovering Catholic and maybe tarnished by collection plate withdrawals but this is strangely etched in my

    Good King Wenceslas looked out
    On the feast of Stephen
    When the snow lay round about
    Deep and crisp and even
    Brightly shone the moon that night
    Though the frost was cruel
    When a poor man came in sight
    Gath’ring winter fuel

    “Hither, page, and stand by me
    If thou know’st it, telling
    Yonder peasant, who is he?
    Where and what his dwelling?”
    “Sire, he lives a good league hence
    Underneath the mountain
    Right against the forest fence
    By Saint Agnes’ fountain.”

    “Bring me flesh and bring me wine
    Bring me pine logs hither
    Thou and I will see him dine
    When we bear him thither.”
    Page and monarch forth they went
    Forth they went together
    Through the rude wind’s wild lament
    And the bitter weather

    “Sire, the night is darker now
    And the wind blows stronger
    Fails my heart, I know not how,
    I can go no longer.”
    “Mark my footsteps, my good page
    Tread thou in them boldly
    Thou shalt find the winter’s rage
    Freeze thy blood less coldly.”

    In his master’s steps he trod
    Where the snow lay dinted
    Heat was in the very sod
    Which the Saint had printed
    Therefore, Christian men, be sure
    Wealth or rank possessing
    Ye who now will bless the poor
    Shall yourselves find blessing

    Yep that and Snoopy and the Red Baron.

    Merry Christmas, My Friend.

  3. Really a wild guess here…vestibule of Terrebonne General Hospital. Never been there, never even seen it, but that’s my guess and I’m stickin with it!
    I miss caroling. Maybe when my grandchildren get a bit older……….

  4. Is it in the revolving front entrance door of a hospital? Since I don’t know much about where you live, I can’t be more specific than that.

    blufloyd, thank you for posting the lyrics to that carol. A recovering Catholic myself, but that song is a good one–although you’d think the good Saint would have noticed the poor man’s plight before…

    1. AND WE HAVE A WINNER!!!!! You are right, Granny Sue! This is an “automatic” revolving door at the hospital Steffi named. The hospital recently updated everything, and I had not been there in a while. This new door had me amazed!! And on each end are these glass cases that go swinging around and happen to be housing these beautiful poinsettia arrangements right now. I was possessed to take a photo while it was moving ahead of me without flash to see just how it would turn out! Can you tell I was actually about to go through it? Now you can go back and look at the photo and see if you can tell it’s an auto revolving door. What will they think of next? LOL!

      About your prize. You may have (almost) any photo that you’ve seen on this blog or another version of it. Pick a photo, or ask if I have something else you might like better, and I will email you several versions. Pick the one you like, and I will have it printed in either 5×7 or 8×10 at your nearest photo lab that takes online orders.

  5. No eye gleaming, but a warm, soft, gooey feeling of memories…we caroled with y’all when we were on furlough, and it was a highlight! I still can hear Russell’s, “DA first Noel..!” Oh, such happy, happy memories!!!

    Merry Christmas and lots of love and hugs to you!!!

    BTW, I would have guessed a hospital, too, near a the covered drop-off point! 🙂 So, I wouldn’t have been specific enough either! Love all your contests and creativity! And of course, I just love YOU! 🙂