Students from École St. Mary spread the joy of the Christmas season by singing carols and sharing handmade cards with seniors at the College Park Retirement Residence in Regina on Wednesday.
“That is so beautiful, that they’ve got the true spirit of Christmas and the songs and everything, it’s just so wonderful, I love it,” said Lil Jardine.
Former Regina teacher Elsie Mironuk also enjoyed the performance, and the chance to talk to the children who came to give her a card. She says she appreciates seeing the children even more as the years slip by.
“Of course I just love to see them all together and all singing and happy faces, I think that’s what makes me happy,” Mironuk said.
The music helped to bridge the generation gap, reminding some residents of their own childhood Christmas concerts, some in one room country schoolhouses.
“It brings you back to the days when we were young,” commented Irene Smyth.
She said she was always shy up on stage in Christmas concerts, but she loved singing with her sister and their favourite carol was Silent Night.
For their part, the students explained that the joy goes both ways.
“I think it’s a lot of fun because sometimes they maybe don’t get to have many people to come and spend time with them on Christmas,” commented Grade 6 student Nyaboke Salim.
Her classmate Maggie Smith agreed that it’s a fun and simple way to give.
“Christmas is the season of giving and going out and making people smile is the true meaning of Christmas.”