I hadn't heard of the Disneyland Candlelight Processional before our most recent trip to Disneyland. As I searched for the various Christmas activities the resort offers, I learned about the magical candy canes they make, and all the special holiday treats, and which rides get special holiday makeovers, and then I discovered the Candlelight Processional.
|The crowd gathering|
|The choir entering the square.|
|There was a singing Christmas Tree amidst the choir.|
Lest you think it was all light and spirit and wonderful, my children made sure to keep it grounded. One decided there was no way she could stand anymore (which I can understand), and spent the entire performance wiggling around on the ground. Another, despite many visits to the restroom beforehand, was suddenly so overwhelmed with the need to use the bathroom that she was weeping. And then there was the monkey who wiped a booger On. My. Face. during the concert. But one child stood enraptured during the entire performance and at the end turned to me with light in her eyes and said, "That was amazing!"
I was holding the monkey during the finale, which was the Hallelujah Chorus. She, being 3, was desperate for my attention, and it was all I could do to block her out as she made this face, over and over.
When she realized that wasn't going to work, she started singing along. Obviously, she didn't know the words, so instead of "Hallelujah!" she sang, "I Love You!" Which was actually perfect. Because isn't that the true message of the Christmas season? Our Heavenly Father loved us, so He sent His Son. Jesus loved us, so He gave his life for us. And we show our love for them by how we live our lives, even with all the imperfect moments.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzjFEMmM0Xs I'm so grateful for it.