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Christmas Humor: Fire!

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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4 Responses to Christmas Humor: Fire!

  1. Cecelia L. Lester December 24, 2016 at 9:18 am #

    Merry Christmas, Emily. We had something similar at our former church. The choir was singing, Suddenly, a man came from the back of the sanctuary and went up on the dais, around the end of the choir pews and reached up and snuffed out the sconce that had two burning candles that had dripped hot wax down on the greenery. We were more careful about those things after that. We thought that man would go down in the annals of the history of the church.

  2. Emily Akin December 27, 2016 at 7:15 am #

    Hope you had a Merry Christmas, too, Cecelia. We had a Christmas Eve candlelight service with real candles. Makes me nervous.

  3. Donna Clark Goodrich December 31, 2016 at 3:56 pm #

    Our choir was marching up the aisle to the platform, carrying candles. One candle caught the hair on fire of the woman marching in front of her. Caught in time, and no damage done.

  4. Emily Akin December 31, 2016 at 6:51 pm #

    Oh, my. Hair is a bigger deal than greenery! I’m glad there was no damage. Happy New Year.

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