Lismore carols night ushers in Christmas
By WILL JACKSON
ZACHARY FLOOD was dribbling in anticipation of last night's Northern Star Carols by Candlight.
Judging by the look in his eye ? and the drool on his chin ? the little five-month-old obviously had an idea of the delights in store as sunset approached.
Singing, dancing and an appearance by Santa was on the cards and Zachary was keen to get things under way.
Zachary's folks, Tony and Kim, have been coming to the annual event since before they can remember and are keen to continue the tradition with their own kids.
"My parents brought me here since I was about two and I'm 27 now," said Kim.
"I'm actually here with my mothers' group. There's about eight of us now and we're making it a bit of a tradition to come to the carols.
"The kids love it and it's always a special time."
Keyboard player Judy Johnson and compere and singer Jim Fairful have been involved in the carols events for 25 years.
"I think at this time of year people like to hear the traditional Christmas songs," said Jim. "I just think it puts people in the Christmas mode.
"The songs are integrally linked to the Christmas spirit."
Judy said she never feels like it's Christmas until the Carols by Candlelight.
"Then I can go home and put up the tree and everything feels right."
And so as dusk brought darkness and the hillside was sprinkled with the light of a thousand candles ? and glowsticks ? it was officially Christmas in Lismore.