11am – Traditional Worship
In the book All I Really Needed to Know I learned in Kindergarten, Robert Fulghum tells how one night in December someone knocked on his door. When he opened it, he found a boy wearing a Santa Claus mask and holding a paper bag. Before he could say anything, the child shouted “Trick or Treat!” Unsure how to respond, he just stood there gawking at the sight. Then it dawned on him that this was Hong Duc, the son of a Vietnamese family down the street. He had first met Hong Duc at Halloween when he and his siblings stopped on their trek through the neighborhood. On that night he had been dressed presumably as a Wise Men, wearing a bathrobe and a kitchen towel wrapped around his head. “A little confused about American holidays” he laughed to himself at the time. But this sight was even funnier.
But before he could say anything to clear up the boy’s confusion about American holidays, Hong Duc asked “wanna hear some caroling?” Thinking this might be interesting, Fulghum said yes, and looked for the rest of the heavenly host. He was sure Hong Duc’s siblings would be there somewhere, ready to spring out if the offer was accepted. But not seeing anyone else, he asked “Where’s the choir?” “I’m it!” Hong Duc said with a smile. He then belted out his own version of Jingle Bells, followed by something like Hark the HAIRY Angels Sing. Finally, he held up his paper bag, and after receiving five dollars, ran off.
While confused about American holidays, he had 1 thing right: Christmas is a time of JOY!