On Sunday evening we went to Marlborough Friends Meeting's annual Christmas carol sing and greatly enjoyed both the singing and the fellowship.
After a brief period of silent worship, a guitarist and harp player led us in singing more than a dozen songs, both traditional and secular ones, including a complete version of "The Twelve Days of Christmas." We ended with "Silent Night."
Our hosts at Marlborough had set out a table full of home-made cookies, breads and other delicious snacks, along with cider from Barnard's Orchards. I saw several women I know from the Unionville Community Fair, and we laughed about how difficult it is to recognize someone "out of context."
I also had an interesting discussion with one of the Marlborough members about how different the local Quaker meetings are from each other. Marlborough is one of the smaller meetings but has a core of dedicated members and a charming, nicely preserved meetinghouse.