Tonight was the first performance of Christmas at Luther. Since I'm not in choir this year, I was able to experience CAL from the audience once again, and I can honestly say that it's a truly magical concert. I always love Christmas at Luther - it's become a holiday tradition for my family and I since my brother sang at Luther in 2007. Growing up in Northfield, I've been long accustomed to attending large Christmas festivals, but something about Luther's is so much more intimate and compelling than anything else I've experiencing. From the audience, I was once again struck with how much talent constantly surrounds me here at Luther.
My favorite part of the concert has always been the candle-lighting. Something about the act of lighting candles has always seemed so hopeful to me. I'm not sure why I love it so much - perhaps it's the idea that one flame shared with hundreds of people leads to an even greater light. Perhaps it's the ambiance of the flame reflecting against peaceful faces. Perhaps it's simply the added visual sensory experience in addition to the auditory stimulation.
As I watched the flame being passed from person to person, I couldn't help but think how much better life would be if we acted like it was Christmastime all of the time. If we shared more with one another. If we listened to more music. If we embraced more often. If we prayed more. If we wore more sweaters. If we spent more time with family and friends. If we ate more cookies. If we spent more time relaxing. If we gave more of ourselves. If we loved more: ourselves, our bodies, our neighbors, our families, our friends. If we just made every day a little more like Christmas.