When Laura Goyer was growing up in Massachusetts, community caroling gatherings were a tradition in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Carolers would gather in the center of town, but also in neighborhoods, where friends or perfect strangers would walk from door to door.
Goyer, a Vienna resident with three children of her own, decided this season she'd try to create the same kind of tradition in her children's hometown.
Though the idea was born in the late part of the Christmas season -- she didn't post the event to Facebook until this past Wednesday -- more than 150 people showed up on the Town Green on Sunday night carrying hot cocoa and eating candy canes. Children, adults and entire families, led by music teacher Dave Reynolds, sang along to a playlist streamed over the pavilion's speakers. Lyrics were read from an iPad and carolers' iPhones.
For a glimpse of the caroling, watch higlights in the media player above.