Carolers spread Christmas joy
Wearing Santa hats, a small group of carolers strolled around Brookside and Altersgate on Sunday afternoon, spreading Christmas joy and a message of goodwill.
On Brookside Boulevard, they sang to a man suffering from a bad cold who stepped out onto his porch to request a rendition of “O Holy Night.” On Mattei Lane, they sang to a man hanging up Christmas lights as a family member filmed the scene with her phone. On Martell Drive, they serenaded two young boys riding by on bicycles, who stopped for a few minutes before riding off smiling and perhaps a bit bewildered.
Along the way, drivers beeped their horns in support, and residents watched from their windows.
“It just makes you feel like you’re spreading the message,” said Fran Taccone, who organized the caroling event for St. Nicholas Episcopal Church of Newark. “The idea is to remind people what Christmas is about.”
This is the third year members of the congregation on Old Newark Road have gone caroling in the neighborhoods surrounding the church. A total of eight people participated Sunday.
Taccone noted that the church’s namesake is St. Nicholas, the fourth-century bishop who became the inspiration for Santa Claus. She said the caroling is a way to spread the message of God’s love.
“We have something to sing about,” she said, adding it reminds her of days gone by, when her mother used to take her caroling in the small Pennsylvania town where she grew up.
The effort also helps the church connect with nearby residents.
“Being present in the community is important to us,” Taccone said.
Caroler Lawana Lockhart said she enjoyed meeting the Brookside Boulevard resident who was, as she put it, “in need of a song.”
“We were able to lift him up,” Lockhart said. “That was the best.”
“I think we really touched the heart of that gentleman,” added Wanda Simons.
Fran Taccone (right) and other members of St. Nicholas Church sing Christmas carols in the Altersgate neighborhood as night falls Sunday.
Carolers from St. Nicholas Church serenade two kids who were riding their bikes down Martell Drive in Brookside on Sunday evening.
Wanda Simons joins other members of St. Nicholas Episcopal Church in singing Christmas carols in Brookside on Sunday.