Nathan Proctor, Associate Director of Music at White Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, sends the following message that made my day:
I was inspired by your blog post on creative ways to up-cycle the blue hymnal. I lead a children’s choir of around 30 first and second graders and yesterday we created ornaments from pages from the old hymnal.
The children had a great time working on this project- there was lots of singing in the room as they looked at the Christmas songs. We let them choose their favorite Christmas or Advent song to use on their ornament- lots of requests for Away in a Manger and Go Tell it on the Mountain. They even thought about important words they would like to have showing.
Emphasis mine. This is exactly what I had in mind, and I could not be more thrilled to read this message.
They loved the project! I plan to tie on some ribbon and include a note to their parents telling where the music came from before sending them home on the first Wednesday in December.
It was a really happy, joyful project! It was such a sweet time with the kids that I wanted to email you right away today to thank you for the fun idea.
Thank you for the great suggestions and ideas!
What can I say, Nathan? Thank you so kindly. And check out the children's handiwork:
The only downside is that I'm totally in the Christmas spirit and it's not even Thanksgiving yet... ;-)