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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Annual Tradition Benefits Clare House

by Anne Murray

The Murray Family has gone "Caroling for the Clare House" for the past 2 years on December 23rd - we have always loved singing together, especially at Christmas, and we thought it would be a fun way to share music with our neighborhood in Rollingbrook South subdivision and give our neighbors the opportunity to share with the Clare House! 

A new addition to our tradition this year was the incorporation of the “Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest!” Pictured above: Laura, Joyce, and Amanda.

The day before my youngest son, Bryan, and I go around several streets in our neighborhood, hanging invitations on mailboxes to leave a bag on the porch the next night when we come by. This year, we had over 25 homes participate! Many were waiting outside or came to their doors to listen to us carol! Mike's parents, Bill & Joyce Murray, volunteered at the Clare House and have passed that down to their children and grandchildren! After we go caroling, we come back to our house for hot chocolate, Christmas goodies, and family time together! Looking forward to next year! 

Our son, Bryan on the left with his cousins Brady & Garrett Murray - silly hats went along with ugly christmas sweaters!

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