..Oh night divine, indeed. After helping out make latkes for Hannukah the night before, my work supervisor had invited me to her Christmas spectacular, a yearly glam show at the East Auburn Baptist Church. So, what else could I do- besides catch it? We got there just in time, as the entire room was packed to capacity with oh, say, around 700 people, scrambling to get the best seats for the hour-and-a half long performance.
The exhibit started with a bang- of a synchronized Christmas light show to music, and ended with a bigger, better, and badder one. There were nutcracker militia, who seemed very flexible for a tin soldier, ribbon-dancing and performing gymnastics. Horses decked in jingle bells sauntered across the stage; in fact, the atmosphere was so jovial that one refused to leave the room. In addition to seeing my supervisor as an angel (religiously speaking, as well), my favorite was the cast’s remake of Jesus in a manger: through a webcam broadcast on a live screen, a shepherd in a barn revealed two actual twins lying in a wheelbarrow (although the “Away in a Manger” scene didn’t go as peaceful as expected).
Although I wasn’t actively helping out the community as opposed to last year, I’m grateful that I got this opportunity to once again both feel and be part of a vibrant neighborhood- that I know will leave an impression as homey, warm and sweet as a cup of hot chocolate resting by the windowpanes of my soul, on a frosty night like this one.