I wish all my blog readers a very Merry Christmas on this Christmas Eve. Today, I’m sharing another “Christmas Bloopers” story from an article previously published in Hometown Magazine of the Ken-Tenn Area.
As a teenager, I played the piano for the children’s group at my home church. The Christmas program consisted mainly of music by the adult choir, but there was a manger scene and a set of songs by the children’s choir. The piano was an old upright which had been over-decorated with greenery and real candles with real flames. I played a little “traveling music” for the kids to march up and get in place. So far, so good.
Once the singing started, I was engrossed in the performance. I didn’t notice that one of the candles had sputtered and set the surrounding greenery on fire. But, one of the ushers noticed. He rushed down to blow out the candles and beat down the conflagration. All eyes were on the amateur fire fighter, but the children and I sang and played like we were the only show in town. Since then, I balk at candles on the piano, and, if the decorators insist on greenery, it must be fake and preferably fireproof.
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