Imagine the scene: a sedate WI choir, all dressed in black with chic red scarves, a small gathering of more senior citizens, a few helpers like me, and a generally hushed environment as we wait for the musical director/organist to appear [he'd been caught in traffic]. This was the church in one of the towns I serve last night, as we were having a carol sing-a-long with coffee and mince pies.
Then in walks someone who has obviously taken the festive theme to heart - red shoes, sparkly silver tights, a swirly satin skirt with gold tinsel all around it, a red shirt. An antler headband adorned her head, and a flashing Rudolph nose was attached with elastic.
Heads turned, as you can imagine. Then she started dishing out elf hats that she had brought along to share.
This is my boss, the new superintendent!!
Just shy of her 60th birthday, she is huge fun, as last night proved, and game for a laugh all the time. When the compere chappy asked if anyone wanted to have a go at the solo for Once in Royal David's City, up she went and belted it out - she has a lovely voice. We had a great night in her company, and the evening certainly got livened up when she arrived! I'm loving working with her, I have to say!
I've also been to a Christmas Tree Festival this afternoon, and that was really inspiring too, if a little less exciting!