Friday, 11 December 2015

Carols in the Desert

This evening the Hybholts and I went out in the desert to join in the yearly event 'Carols in the Desert'. This is an event that started with 70 people 10 years ago, and now has well over a thousand people gathering in the desert for a night of singing Christmas carols under the stars.

We arrived about 4 pm, and had got our sights set on the Danish part of the camp. Once everyone was settled in, they lit the BBQs and we could go cook our dinner.

Beautiful to see the sunset in the desert:

A little panorama video of all the people, excuse the noise but it was really windy!

All the kids, and some adults, had a ball rolling down the sand dunes - both before and after dark.

It was an event well organized. Not only were there BBQs provided (with tools, which was great, as we hadn't thought of bringing thongs..), and hot chocolate was served during the night; but there was also porta-potties and rubbish bins; carol booklets printed out and big signs to get us to find it etc etc. Impressive.

This event welcomes all, I wonder how many different nationalities where out there together with us..? We heard so many different languages, just standing around sharing the BBQs.
The carols started after most people had had their dinner, and there was live music and everything. It sure was a great way to get into the Christmas spirit, it was really moving listening to 'O holy night', sung by thousands of people by candle light.

Although we are kind of 'desert rookies', so we hadn't brought enough lights, glow sticks or head lamps... nor clothes warm enough - cause it gets cold now at night, especially in the desert. We have now made a list for next time, you live and you learn!
Another short little clip, singing 'Merry Christmas':

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