SHREWSBURY, Mass. — Songs of comfort and joy filled the air at the town common in Shrewsbury on Sunday night, as local residents, decked in their best Santa hats and reindeer-themed accessories, came together to celebrate the season.
About 1,000 people of all ages attended the 12th Annual Caroling In The Common event, ramping up the holiday cheer by singing traditional holiday songs.
After the tragic school shootings in Newtown, Conn., it is important to hold events that symbolize the spirit of community, event founder Kay Reynolds said.
"I love to see the families together," Reynolds said. "For a lot of little kids, this is now their tradition. They look forward to this every year, and that's how I grew up — with this tradition."
The Worcester Brass Consort braved the cold to provide instrumental accompaniment to the carolers.
"I'm a music student at the University of Miami, so I'm not used to this," said trombonist Megan Roy. "This year's OK. In past years, our slides have froze."