Monday, December 12, 2005

Living Christmas Tree

This is a flower I have but I'm not sure what it is called. It is one of my favorites. I'm thinking it's some kind of a begonia? I have lots of plants. It sometimes looks like a jungle in this room. I keep them here where they get plenty of light.

Yesterday evening I went to see the Living Christmas Tree at the big Baptist Church downtown. I had never been in that church but I wanted to see the program. It was packed and I had to sit in the balcony. I think the tree was 25 feet tall. It was certainly lovely with all the lights. I was amazed that all the lights were controlled by computer. (I know this because the guy working them was not that far from me in the center of the balcony). They had an orchestra as well!

I thought the music was too loud but other than that it was awesome! I prefer to hear the singers more clearly over the music. They had 50+ people singing. It was certainly a nice service even if the music was a little on the loud side. I especially loved the way he worked the lighting. Just amazing! There had to be over 100 poinsettas there around the tree and other various places. A lot of work went into that production. They said it was their gift to the community. My thanks to them for that!


Blogger David said...

Our church has done the Singing Christmas tree for years. It is always a joy. See that you are a cat lover - my second date with my wife and she told me she had 30 cats at home. (this was at college). Sure enough when I went to her farm she had 30 cats. I knew I was sunk.

11:56 AM  
Blogger Paul said...

My First Wife and I did the same thing last night with some friends. It was the awesomest concert we've been to in years. I'm serious. It was in a big Nazarene church.

It was one great night--a blessed night I'll never forget.

(By the way--we've had some great nights.)

2:23 PM  
Blogger Cliff Morrow said...

Rachel, sounds just like our church. Except for the music, orchetra, big choir, and the tree.

2:38 PM  
Blogger Rhodent said...

Yes, that is a begonia! I love them too, but don't have a lot of luck with them... they don't like to be dry and it is hard for me to keep them watered and out of the hot sun.

It seems that most large southern Baptist churches have a Living Christmas Tree. I have been to several different churches for their productions and they are always wonderful. My only complaint was that one of them went on waaaaay too long... everytime i thought it was the finale, they started up again with another round of songs! My favorite one was put on by Calvary Baptist Church in downtown Clearwater (they have now built a new church away from downtown). It was really spectacular and very professionally done.

5:38 PM  
Blogger Ralph's Homespun Headlines said...

Loud music has alway bothered me. But music churches can really sign loud at Christmas time. Glad you had a good time.

6:26 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

David, 30 cats! That's a lot of cat food!
Paul, thanks for stopping by! I love good Christian music. Wish I could sing good!
Cliff, do you have a piano at your church?
Rhodent, a start of this one was given to me by an old lady who said the plant belonged to her mother, so it was really old! It does super good I think with very minimal care. Beautiful leaves and it gets long stems with tiny white flowers on it! I really love it.

6:27 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Ralph, I'd say for the folks with hearing aids they probably had to turn them down a notch last night! But I wonder if my being in the balcony made it louder? Hot air rises, so maybe music does too??? (I started to say hot music!)

6:30 PM  
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Sounds like it was very very beautiful, Rachel...It also sounds like they had all the instruments in the Orchestra, Miked...or is it Miced?? It truly does sound like it was a "Stage" production...more and more the 'loving hands at home' concert that to me gave things an authentic homey feeling is being replaced with, Sound, Lights, and Production...not that THAT Is's just...well...What do you think Rachel?

10:14 PM  
Blogger Cliff Morrow said...

Well Rachel, my comment from last night has disappeared so here goes again.
I was speaking in jest. We actually do have a piano, organ, and good choirs. As well as bell choirs. My daughter is the organist and piano player and is pretty amazing. Sometime I will mail you her CD of her recital at college where she played Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor. Amazing. She brought the 'Cathedral Down'.

5:40 AM  
Blogger Shelley said...

Sounds great! The Weslyan church up here puts on their production of the Living Christmas Tree every year as well. I've never been to it though but have heard both good and bad about it. One of the bad comments was that they had super heroes last had absolutely nothing to do with Christmas or Christ. Apparently they put it in for the kids, but why put it in if it had nothing to do with Christ or Christmas? Oh well, I suppose I don't have the right to comment on it really, since I didn't go to it.

7:20 AM  

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