CANNING, NS – Canning was in tune with Christmas Dec. 10 as a group of carollers sang carols at various locations through town.
The event was organized by the Canning and Area Interchurch Council and saw a group of nearly 20 carollers get together to sing.
The council holds several fundraisers each year to raise money for their emergency fund for families in need, going towards costs like medical needs, housing, electricity bills and food. This year, they decided to tune in to Christmas with some carols.
“It’s a great way to spread Christmas cheer, raise some money, and also talk about what Christmas is really about,” said council member Steve Hopper.
The group handed out pieces of paper attached to candy canes, with a poem describing the day’s religious significance and the story of Jesus.
The carollers were led by musical member Christoph Deutschmann, whose favourite carol is Joy to the World.
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He was happy to help, as singing and Christmas go hand in hand for him.
“This is something we’re doing for the community, and hopefully we can point to the real reason Christmas is special,” he said.
Among the other carollers were Maya Bevan and her daughter Merryweather, 5, who carol on an annual basis.
Merryweather said she loves singing, and that she was excited to do it in Canning.
“Singing and Christmas go together for us,” said Bevan.
“It makes me happy and joyful, and the music is just so beautiful.”
Canning resident Scott Holbert stopped and sang with Bevan and Merryweather during a song, and smiled wide as he followed along.
“This is awesome. I love Christmas,” he said.
Hopper hoped people would join in with the group’s singing as they ventured through town, and said he and the other council members had decided even before the night began to make the initiative an annual one.
“This was the first annual, if that even makes sense. Passing out joy and blessings is a great way to celebrate Christmas,” he said.