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Geiger’s Counter: Christmas music, Christmas season

By walter geiger

I am privileged to be a member of the chancel choir at my church, First United Methodist in Barnesville. Under the direction of Joan Thomas, we performed our Christmas cantata Sunday evening.
We spent about three months preparing so I have been immersed in Christmas music for some time but last week I went to the Christmas concerts at the elementary and middle schools.

All the kids were wearing Christmas pajamas, bouncing around and belting out familiar classics and some upbeat modern stuff.

At the middle school event, three orchestras also performed.

I was impressed by the talent displayed by these kids. It was obvious their directors had worked long and hard with them for their moments under the spotlights at the fine arts center.

I had other engagements prior to both shows and was rushed. When I arrived I was tired from work and all its hassles. Once the music began, I forgot all that and lost myself in it. Indeed, I left with the Christmas spirit in my soul.

Then came the cantata performance and all the work paid off beautifully. There were handbells, organ, piano, flute, percussion and guest musicians and singers and it all went off without a hitch – a beautiful performance.

Even the children’s choir did not hit a sour note. They were flawless.

Many people struggle at this time of year due to deaths in the family, economic issues, depression, worries that run the gamut and that old nemesis stress.

If that describes you, I suggest you find a Christmas program to attend this week and a service to go to on Christmas day. Even better, join your church choir or community chorus and perform next year.

You don’t have to be able to read music. I can’t. Most likely they will be happy to have you.
Hearing and singing Christmas music will rekindle your faith and put you in the spirit. Try it.
Merry Christmas and thank you for reading your local newspaper!

Walter Geiger is the editor and publisher of the Pike County Journal Reporter and The Herald Gazette in Barnesville. He can be reached at

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