Every Monday night in December we fill the house with friends and neighbors to sing in the holidays. The Bruderhof Religion in West Virginia gave us the idea when we were invited to one of their Christmas traditions. Here is a little snippet about them:
Founded in 1920 in Germany, the Bruderhof is an international communal movement of families and single men and women who seek to put into action Christ’s command to love God and neighbor.
Like the first Christians described in Acts 2 and 4, we feel called to a way of life in which all are of one heart and soul, no one possesses anything, and everything is shared in common. We also draw inspiration from the Anabaptists of the Reformation era who revived the early Christian example of discipleship in full community.
More can be found about them here:
At Christmastime, they invite families in to sing songs about Christmas and make Christmas wishes by lighting a candle on the tree. It brings a great feeling into the home that you get to share with just those people. Being in a newly renovated house, I altered the candles on the tree to votive candle holders. Here are some pictures I snapped last week.
Mat playing the guitar and Micah sitting with her primary teacher from church.
It gets a little crowded, but we squish and make room. If you're ever up this way on a Monday night, feel free to stop by.