As I grow into my blog, I’m getting to participate in more and more things! Today I’m participating in a Giveaway! There will be multiple winners for cash prizes.
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To get that Holiday spirit started, I’ve decided to reminisce a bit.
Merry Memories – Christmas Caroling
In high school and college I was very into choir and my Christmas Caroling group. One of my fondest memories in choir was performing with my show choir on the stage in Magic Kingdom Disney World. As great as all of my choir memories are, my favorite memory from my school days is caroling.
When I was in elementary school, one of my friend’s brothers needed to earn a badge by doing something good for others. His mom suggested caroling and they invited me to go along. We went to a nursing home down the street to carol. This was my first experience with this kind of a performance and it was amazing!
Everyone knew all of the words and was able to sing along. The pure joy and happiness I saw on all of the resident’s faces was amazing!
I specifically remember one lady in the Alzheimer’s unit who had a baby doll. She had such a blast singing along to her doll. You could tell that she was having one of the best days she had had in a long time. This is when I decided I wanted to carol every year.
We continued to carol every year until about mid high school when friendships began to change.
I decided that I could not let the magic of caroling be lost because of a lost friendship. I gathered up a large group of friends, planned the event with the nursing home and even had a couple rehearsals prior to the day of caroling.
The caroling group changed a lot over the schooling years. My fondest memories of caroling are from my college days. Everyone in my caroling group was a music major except myself. This left me a bit out of the loop but, my business major came in handy with coordinating the events.
We performed multiple times at the Zoo, multiple Botanical Gardens, and of course quite a few nursing homes. One of the nursing homes even paid us! Of course, in the spirit of Christmas, we donated the money to Charity.
I have a few videos from a set part of our caroling. This was in the dining hall of one of the nursing homes. After the set performance, we were able to walk around and sing with all of the residents.
The Holly and the Ivy/Up on the Housetop mashup was one of my favorite songs! We start out traditional, then speed up the beat, and then transition songs in harmony. (don’t mind the camera quality from a decade ago)
Here’s another one of my favorites. Much more traditional than the Holly and the Ivy.
As I’ve grown, I haven’t been able to coordinate a group of singers every year but I’ve done decently. After moving across town and into a new neighborhood, I was able to find some neighbors on Facebook to carol with. This brought back all of my fond memories but just wasn’t the same. Everyone had a million different things on their minds that took away from the overall experience.
I am determined though to get back into caroling. It is such a rewarding and enjoyable experience and I can’t wait to share the experience with people who come into my life.
On to the Giveaway
We are so excited to be giving away $330 in cash prizes for you to use starting Thanksgiving weekend. Here are the prizes:
1 – $100 Amazon Gift Card
1 – $75 Target Gift Card
2 – $25 Walmart Gift Card
1 – $25 Kohls Gift Card
3- $10 Starbucks Gift Card
There will be 8 winners in this giveaway. Each winner will receive a gift card code to use on the online store or in the actual store.
Now its time to meet our wonderful co-hosts who have made this giveaway possible.
Starting at the top row we have:
Terri – Christmas Tree Lane, Melissa – The Farm Girl Gabs, Christine – Your Strong Tower, Audrey – That Recipe & Munofore, Dana – Goods Giving Back, Tammy – Creative K Kids, Trish – Creative Simplicity by Trish Sutton, Kim – Shopping Kim and Enter Online Sweeps, Ali – Home Crafts by Ali and Ali’s Book Nook, Kelly – Typically Simple, Kim – The Resourceful Mom, Katie – The Ramblings of an Overtired Mama, Angie – God’s Growing Garden, Sarah – Devastate Boredom, Karen – Raising Little Superheroes, Gina – Money Savvy Living, Beverly – Eclectic Red Barn, Melissa – Deliciously Savvy, Beth – Our Pretty Little Girls, Meredith – The Mom of the Year, Laura – Michigan Saving and More, Debbie – Heartbeats ~Soul Stains, Carol – The Red Painted Cottage, Tiffany – A Wandering Vine, Monica – Mommy & Love, Holly – Keeping Life Sane, Sinea – Ducks ‘n a Row, Cindy – Simple Steps for Living Life, Tammy – My Life Abundant, Kari – Keep It Simple DIY, Danielle – Dancing with My Daughter
Please stop by and say hi to these wonderful ladies and their blogs.
The giveaway will end midnight on Wednesday, November 24th, the night before Thanksgiving. You will have 48 hours to respond to the email claiming the prize. If you respond right away, we will get you the gift card code promptly so that you can shop with it on Black Friday! If we don’t hear in 48 hours, we will choose another winner.