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Sing-Along Instills Holiday Cheer at Norwalk YMCA

Cutie Mae Jordan clapped and swayed with the music as the Male Chorus of the First Congregational Church on the Green sang "Go Tell it on the Mountain" on Friday night at the Norwalk YMCA . A bit later, Valeria and Christian Chavez and other kids were singing along, too, with "Deck the Halls" followed by "Oh, Come All Ye Faithful."

The Christmas concert and sing-along was a festive addition to the monthly Family Fun Night, which also featured pizza, games, Christmas songs on the karaoke machine, and access to the auxiliary pool.

Volunteer Lisa Hofrichter came dressed as an elf, complete with a crocheted skirt. "I like the holidays," she said. "I like the decorations. I don't care about the gift-giving, but I like the idea of friends, the decorations and the lights."

She's been volunteering at the YMCA for a year-and-a-half as an antidote to her unemployment-inspired inactivity. The party added to her holiday spirits. "I love this music," she said as Jordan joined the men for a gospel tune. "We want Christmas, we want songs. It should be about sharing."

Jordan founded the choir and was its director for 13 years before Greg Detroy took over.

Bill Tetrault, organizer of the fun night, said he thought the singing was good, too. The family fun night is free and open to the public. "It's a way to serve the families in the community," he said.

Next month's theme will be mentoring, in honor of National Mentoring Month , mixed with a celebration of the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr .

What puts you in to the holiday spirit? Songs? Lights? Decorations?

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