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“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.”   -Psalm 100: 1-2  

Happy Holidays from the Pardeeville First Presbyterian Church!  As we get closer to Christmas, I always start to think about the traditions of the Christmas season.  We have two wonderful traditions at FPC that you will not want to miss. On Christmas Eve, we usually have the congregation’s family members come in and sing for the holidays.  We have had some beautiful performances in the 2 years that I have been here.  We also have a very unique service that is called “lessons and carols.”  This is not your traditional service.  For those of you who like to sing, this is your kind of service!  We have short lessons and readings read from the Bible, followed by a hymn or 2 that goes along with the reading.  When you include the extra special music, it is the perfect mix of music, scripture and fulfillment.  It is at 7:00pm which gives you plenty of time to head through Chandler Park to see our beautiful light display!

Being from a musical family, I grew up with many musical traditions.  My great-grandma, Mona, started the tradition of Christmas pageants at our old church with a group of three other ladies.  My grandma was in charge of writing the play and helping with the music.  My grandma, Dawn, pregnant with my mother, Holly, starred as Mary.  Eventually, my grandma Dawn took over as Christmas pageant director and my mom was cast as Mary.  Then, of course, when my mom took over, I knew it was my turn to play Mary.  There was one season where I really wanted to be a dancing king, but, nonetheless, I had to be Mary because I could sing the part.  My mom and I did direct a few pageants together, but we decided to give up the tradition for now (although I have not ruled out making a comeback someday).  It would be nice to carry on the tradition that lasted 4 generations!

To this day, my family and I are active in the church. My dad, my mom and I all play for church services on Christmas Eve. So, our tradition comes after.  We like to pick up some hot chocolate or cappuccino and go caroling in the car, in three part harmony, as we look at the lights around the neighborhood.  Although church warms my heart, spending time with my family really puts me in the Christmas spirit.  What are your favorite traditions? What gets you into the Christmas spirit?


                                                                                                                Blessings, Jen Powers


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