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Holiday Carols Spread Spirit, Continue Long Tradition

Snow adds to scenery of annual Christmas Eve event in Basking Ridge.

About 500 turned out Monday night for the annual holiday carolling outside The Presbyterian Church of Basking Ridge as snow blanketed the area for an added touch.

Aileen Main December 25, 2012 at 11:51 AM
Thanks for posting such happy photographs so quickly! It was a lovely event.
SweetPea December 25, 2012 at 01:03 PM
It was a wonderful event, as always, and the snow made it perfect. What I fail to understand, however, is why The Patch refuses to acknowledge that they were Christmas carols sung under a Christmas tree? They weren't 'holiday' carols. This is a long-standing tradition to celebrate the birth of Christ. Please stop insulting the multitudes of Christians in our community.
CRussell December 25, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Great pictures and agree with the last comment, have attended this event for 17 years traveling from Clifton and I don't believe other faith's Holiday traditions are called something other than what they are so why disparage this significant Christian Event by referring to it with Holiday?
Roberta C. December 25, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Couldn't agree more! Merry Christmas! Happy Birthday Jesus! We are a multicultural and multi religious community and as such all should be recognized and celebrated. We acknowledge the Dradel and Menorah in town, we have days off for many religious holidays in the schools, let us call the Christmas tree a Christmas tree and Christmas carols, christmas carols and continue to enjoy the season.
Blake A. Koop December 26, 2012 at 04:06 AM
Merry Christmas to all...I've played in this event every year since 1969 (except 1988 -shoulder surgery 12/23). It is a tradition my dad started with me in 1966 (singing only for the first 3 years) and for me, it is my Christmas. Every year, rain, sleeet, snow, frozen valves and slides, nothing has stopped this tradition and when those church bells start ringing in verse three of "Joy To The World" I am playing with tears. It is the ultimate moment in communal spirituality....... This year, for the second year in a row, my niece has come all the way from Colorado to share in the "Joy" of this experience! I am told next year is the 90th year (my 47th and my niece's 3rd?) for this unequalled tradition - I wouldn't miss it for anything! God bless you all. Blake A. Koop - former Basking Ridge resident

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