The best way to spread Christmas cheer.....

Happy December 1st!! I seriously cannot believe it’s December already. It doesn’t seem like the holidays yet because it hasn’t snowed yet. That’s just crazy to me. Chicago is known for our horrid weather and crazy snowstorms. Even though with the snow comes the bitter cold, I am a true Chicagoan and I love that weather and I can’t wait for it to come! And I’m not sure why but every December I think that all I will have to focus on is Christmas shopping and baking the whole month (and gaining a billion pounds, obviously). But I’ve found out in my life that December is always unpredictable and always the busiest month out of the year for me. This year is no exception. Something new and amazing is happening this December and I wanted to tell you about it cause I’m just so excited! If you follow my sisters and I on twitter or on facebook you may have seen us post little things about a Christmas benefit that we are doing for our city. Here’s the story behind what it is exactly it because this isn’t your normal Barlowgirl Christmas show. A few weeks back my parents (our managers) received a call from the Mayor of our city. He informed them that the food banks in our city were running dry and they desperately needed to be filled. He had heard our Christmas album and wondered if we would be willing to put on a Christmas concert for the city so we can fill the food banks so no one would have to go hungry this season. When us girls heard about it, there was really no question in our minds. This is our city. We are called to love and to give. Sure we are in the middle of writing our new album and touring this month but we knew that as busy are we are, we had to say yes. So that’s exactly what we did. We also knew it couldn’t just be a night about us girls. We wanted it to be a night where the whole city comes together for one purpose and reason. So we have the Elgin Youth Symphony playing, we have the Elgin Youth Chorus singing, and the Judson choir singing as well. The theater group CYT is in it as well. Yes, it’s going to be quite the production! And I feel so honored cause the orchestra and choirs are joining us girls for our set! My gosh, they sound so incredible. It’s kinda blowing my mind. My dream is that the auditorium will be sold out because every penny made goes straight to buying food for the food banks. No on involved in this is getting paid at all. Everyone apart of this has donated their time and resources. It’s the most beautiful thing in the world seeing so many people work so hard and put in so much time to get nothing (of material value) out of it in return. So if you’re in the Chicago area on December 17th and would like to see this wonderful Christmas Extravaganza I would love for you to join us! You can buy tickets here http://www.hemmens.org/calendar/event_view.php?eid=659&instance=2011-12-17

You know that scene at the end of It’s a Wonderful Life, where George Bailey is in trouble and if he doesn’t get money he’s gonna go to jail? Well, obviously no one is going to jail here, but that final scene always plays in my mind when I think about this night. There are people in need and we get the opportunity to give out of the goodness of our hearts to help them. We get to love people that we will probably never even meet! There truly is nothing greater than that kind of goodness and love!
I hope you’re all having an incredible holiday season!
Much love,
Lauren