By Rachel Oberman
Featuring the classical guitar duo Nylon Wound, the traditional Heart’s Home Christmas Party took place on December 23rd.
“The Heart’s Home Christmas Party was a great joy for me: it brought me into a space filled with great music and the true Christmas spirit. The two classical guitarists, Gregory Askins and Joseph Parisi opened with some Christmas carols and we all sang along. The concert that followed was impressive in its range: they played classical as well as more popular songs. It was beautiful just to watch the two musicians play together, each so in tune with the other’s rhythms: they played like brothers, I remember thinking. The concert ended as it began, with the singing of carols, and the brotherly spirit shared by the guitarists had certainly spread to the rest of us.
My two-year-old daughter, Anna, was in high spirits and quickly found other children with whom to play. They frolicked around the room and danced and jumped. Many of the desserts on the buffet table were prepared by friends of Heart’s Home who had come together to bake for the party, and their efforts were not in vain: the desserts were delicious!
As at every Heart’s Home gathering, I was struck again by the remarkable mix of people who attended: people from all walks of life, of every race, age, and profession. And, more remarkable, we not only sat in the room together but had a shared experience of beauty which brought us close together. The afternoon ended with an impromptu singing of carols while the children jumped on and off the little stage that the guitarists had vacated. I know that I left feeling at least five years younger, with a lightness of heart that I carried with me as I approached Christmas Eve. We had listened, sung, eaten, prayed, and played together: like children, we had experienced the simple joy of living the present moment fully. Thank you for a beautiful afternoon!”