Led by the vision of a few of our Children our family and a few others planned a 3 minute flash mob at the local mall. In all there was about 40 of us. After a brief practice at a local church our planned “go time” was 7:22 PM. Everyone made their inconspicuous way into Valley View Mall just after 7 PM.
It would start with 8 children who would stand and sing some Carols beginning with “Joy to the World”. More adults would join for another verse or two, then a verse of “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” and the conclusion, a verse of “O Holy Night” It was about 3 ½ minutes of good music. The purpose was to spread a little Christmas cheer and remind us all of the birth of Christ.
The start was subtle but strong. As voices joined the volume grew and the crowd quieted. Many pulled out their phones to video. Others joined in singing. Applause was heard at the end of each song.
Then came the Crisis. About half-way through “O Holy Night” (ironically not long after the line “long lay the world in sin and error pining”) Mall security abruptly walked up and tapped the leader of the group on the shoulder. The orders were a repeated and loud “STOP NOW” followed by a half-hearted hand-waving “cut” gesture. And so we quit. The abrupt ending was met with jeers from the crowd. The crisis was enhanced by his threat to ban all singers from the mall for “1 year”.
So all in all, the night was a confused mix of excitement, joy, music, singing, yelling, and children moved from caroling to crying. Followed by more over-reaction from the mall security officer we all left a bit deflated. We rendezvoused at a restaurant to recount the story.
So now the Cookies. After some discussion a couple of us went back to the mall, purchased a ½ dozen cookies from the The Cookie Factory and presented them to the mall office for the officer who undoubtedly felt as bad as we.
We realized that sometimes in life the opportunity to minister is not as we plan. Although our attempt was to spread Christmas cheer to the masses we realized that our greatest opportunity was to minister to an over-zealous mall cop.
All in all this was the summary of our night!
Flash Mob – Fail
You-tube Sensation – Fail
Christmas memories made with family – NAILED IT!