Sunday afternoon I took my daughter to “The Spirit of Christmas,” sponsored by the Payson Christian Ministerial Fellowship. This was the first time I have been to one of their Christmas programs. I have to tell you that if you missed this one, you missed a wonderful and exciting program.
They started out with “O Holy Night” and I am sitting there wondering, “How can you top that?” Well they did. It was non-stop entertaining from start to finish. The people around me were applauding and yelling out in joy after every song. It was absolutely awesome!
The live band, conducted by Eric Santana, was phenomenal as were all the vocalists. The light show along with the music was breathtaking.
My friend Gary Cordell gave me the tickets, but I didn’t know he was in it until he took center stage.
We went because my daughter’s friend Marrisa Rushlow, was in the program. What a talented family Marrisa has. Marrisa’s mom, Diana, was on the piano and her father, Jeff, was one of the vocalists. My daughter kept poking me saying, “Mom he can really sing.”
Jo and Red Armistead of Hunter Creek had their granddaughter Kaitlyn in the program as one of the toys. Melissa Stoll had a voice like an angel. The gentleman on the drums, Les Barr, kept the audience at the edge of their seats.
Although all this was wonderful, it just wasn’t about vocalists and musicians, this really was about the true spirit of Christmas. In a time when the country is falling apart and the economy is steadily declining; when people are worried about their jobs and whether or not they are even going to have a roof over their heads, there comes a time when we need to step back and look at what the holidays are really all about. It is not the lights, the decorations, or even how much you need to spend on a gift, it is about Jesus, who was born on Christmas Day. So, on this special holiday, remember to hug your children more, don’t fight over small things, and if you have it to spare, give of your time.
As I sat in the back of that full auditorium and watched the delight on every face, the joy they received from the program and the canned goods that were given to the needy for admission, I realized that the spirit of Christmas was more than a concert and pageant, it is alive and well in Payson and the Rim Country. Our communities may be small, but they all have big hearts.
The Children’s Christmas Party is at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 13 at the fire station. Santa will pass out stockings and participants will be filling food boxes for the elderly. The second annual Quads and Carts Parade through the community is at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 12. Meet at the Landmark parking lot. Creekside’s annual Christmas party is at 6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 14. Bring a potluck dish to share and a white elephant for the gift exchange.
Kevin Mystom will add another candle to his cake Dec. 12; Mike Harper will celebrate Dec. 15; and Mike Millburn will add another candle Dec. 19. Wishing all of you a very happy birthday.