“Tis The Season”

by Renaissance Girl

Saturday I was part of the team stringing lights on the towering tree outside the convent.  I don’t know exactly how tall it is, maybe 50 feet.  It required an industrial lift and half a dozen ladders, 5 huge extension cords, about 15 people, and countless strands of lights. Somehow, in the midst of it, I found myself assigned to the task of “quality control,” standing on the ground and watching to see if the lights are evenly distributed or if there are gaps. I am a self-professed light freak. I use 12 strands just for a living room Christmas tree. Every branch should have lights — and not just draped across but strung in and out of the tree from the trunk so the light comes from the inside. About 5 minutes in, I realized this would never work for a tree of such size!  (Actually, I think it was pointed out to me)  Swallowing my (strong) opinions, I laughed inwardly at the oh-so-real and un-holy issues of Christmas that sometimes seem to dominate the preparations despite our best efforts. In a Community of 300 plus, there are at least 300 opinions on everything from colored vs. white lights, tinsel vs. no tinsel, home-made eggnog or store-bought, and whose creche will go on the mantel this year.  The Convent tree looks beautiful (and I still have our tree at home to string with 12 strands of lights!)

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About Renaissance Girl

I moved to the Community with my family in 1988 when I was 10 - which gives away my current age! I am now a solemnly professed member - I work at Paraclete Press, the publishing arm of the Community and I love my job! I also sing in the choir Gloriæ Dei Cantores, and am a member of Elements Theatre Company and Spirit of America Band. As a Docent for the Church of the Transfiguration, I get to discover new things about the church every time I share it with someone else. When I'm not doing one of those activities, I love to spend time with my dog or my "extended family". There's a lot of variety in my life which keeps me energized - and I'm learning how to be more in the moment so whether I'm at a rehearsal, or making dinner in the kitchen with 5 girls, they all get 100% of me!

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